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academy team

Joshua Marzioli

Academy Director/ Regional Academy Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

The moment I knew I was going to be a hairdresser was the day TONI&GUY had one of their first big hair shows in Dallas; it was at the Hotel InterContinental, and the theme was Cinderella. I was a whole 13 or 14. There was a guy there (one of my dad's colleagues) that was talking about how his daughter was home-schooling to finish school early so she could start her career in cosmetology. My dad said that was a good idea, so I never looked back from that day forward. I knew I was destined to be successful, because I found my passion in life and was good at it.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I went to the TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in Carrollton, Texas (has since moved to Plano). I graduated in 1996.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I really feel like I've mastered the skill of service when it comes to hairdressing. I never really look at myself as a platform artist or anything like that, but I fell in love with the business of hairdressing. I love talking to people in the business and showing them their opportunities by mentoring them to see the bigger picture in what they can accomplish through goal setting.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Find your passion, and run with it. Everything else will fall in line!

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Take everything seriously, all the way down to a pin curl; you will use everything at some point in your career. What is old today is new tomorrow.

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

If you work hard and create results it comes back to you. This company really cares about its employees. We're one big family at the end of the day, and it continues to evolve.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school director?

My favorite thing about being a director is when students graduate and thank me for everything I have done to make the experience what we promised when they enrolled. It reminds me why I do what I do. Bringing the Spotlight Culture every day of the week! YOU KNOW IT!

Nidia Aguayo

Financial Aid Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

When I started working in this field, I immediately fell in love with cosmetology.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I attended Tarrant County College, where I received my Associate's Degree in Business.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

In Financial Aid, I strive to keep myself as up-to-date as I can on all new and upcoming federal regulations so that I can be the best that I can in my field.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Always be on time, stay organized, and work hard, because it all pays off.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Don't ever stop educating yourself in this industry. You can never learn enough, so never let anything or anyone hold you down.

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

I love working for TONI&GUY because I love the culture. I also love the passion that I see from the staff and students. They motivate me every day! We are like a big family!

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school director?

In financial aid, the most rewarding memory is seeing all these students graduate. Knowing each of their stories and seeing them not only gives me fond memories but also is the most rewarding part of my career.

Chantel Edley

Academy Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

The moment I realized my future was in the beauty industry was the day I started realizing that I wanted a better future for my family.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I consider myself talented in all skills and techniques in the cosmetology field.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

The best advice that was given to me is "Time is money"!

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

My advice is to be open to change and never limit yourself.

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

I enjoy using visual aids and hands-on techniques.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

My favorite part of instructing is the way the student starts to realize they're getting the information being taught.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?

My fondest memory from hair school was State Board. I liked how intense it was and the fact that I was halfway there to being finished.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

My fondest memory is when the parent of a student I had been teaching since she started hair school came up to me thanking me for always being there for her daughter. She gave me a hug and told me thank you and that the whole family thanks me. I almost started crying with her.

Krystal Gallardo

Academy Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I've always been drawn to the more creative side of things. In high school I was very interested in music and art, so I knew I wanted a career with one of the two. I always did my friends' hair growing up, and I had a blast. I loved that I could make a career out of expressing my creativity and making people happy at the same time.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I love everything in the beauty industry, but my passion is color. I specialized in it from 2008 right up until I decided to start teaching.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Never be afraid to ask for help. There is no such thing as a stupid question.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Never stop learning. Always be involved in some sort of continuing education. There is always room for improvement.

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

I love being hands-on with students. This industry is very visual, so I feel like it's very important to get your hands in the hair.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

Being able to be a mentor and share everything I know about hair with my students.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?

Being able to make my clients happy. Making someone's day by making them look great!

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

The first time I taught my own class. Getting to see them so happy about executing everything I tought them – it warmed my heart. To this day, it still brings a tear to my eye.

Melissa Knoll

Academy Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I've always loved doing hair! Tried doing the 4-year college and just wasn't happy. Decided to check out cosmetology achool and knew it was the right fit for me!

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I love doing haircuts, highlights, and colour.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Stay educated! Always keep up with the latest styles!

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Listen to your client! A great consultation is key!

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

Hands-on. I feel like students learn so much more when they do it themselves.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

Seeing the students get it and seeing them succeed!

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?

The instructors and the friends I made.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

Seeing my students succeed and really love this industry.

Stephanie Meier

Academy Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

Hair has always fascinated me. In high school, we would stay up all night and completely change our looks before the morning. I was known as the prom queen. I did not even go to prom – it was because of my various hairstyles I wore throughout the years. So when I was going to art school I decided to take my path down the cosmetology road.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I am first and foremost an artist, so I approach hair like an art form. I like to create a masterpiece out of every client. I love the change to an overall look I can do with just the right products and styling tools. I consider my self a total look stylist. Taking the boring and turning them fun!

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Trust yourself.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Being your craft is knowing your craft. Trust yourself and follow your guide!

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

I am a storyteller. I believe that everything in life is related to one another. Making connections between hair and art.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

Changing peoples lives. Taking them to another place that they have never been before. Teaching a trade to someone is so beautiful and rewarding.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?

Beauty school was where I discovered myself. Before I attended beauty school, I was insecure and unsure of my looks. Throughout the program I learned how to dress myself and be fashion forward. Learning how to be confident in myself helped me be more secure in how I handle my clients.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

I love seeing my students succeed and thrive in our industry.