Jacksonville
academy team

Ryan Allen

Admissions Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:
The moment that I knew my future was in the beauty industry was when I realized that I didn't want a job anymore. I wanted a career. I wanted a career that allowed me to help change lives on a consistent basis.
Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?
I attended school at the TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy near Dallas. I graduated in July 2014.
For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?
I'd hardly consider myself an expert in anything really. But if I had to choose, I'd say that I'm an expert at providing overwhelming positivity and creativity that enhances the existing life-changing experiences that our beauty school offers every day!
What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?
To always be humble, and to always have a teachable attitude and spirit.
What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?
Your knowledge is your sword, and your attitude is your shield!
What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?
Listening to all the stilettos clack on the floor? Haha! Just kidding! Our culture is my absolute favorite! I really admire how rich our company's history is, and it's very empowering to be a part of it.
What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school director?
I'm particularly fond of every step taken to assist students in moving forward with their careers.
 

Lauren Rizzi

Education Director

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

When I was in high school pretty much every class I took was incredibly boring to me, so I knew I was never going to go to some 4 year college. I grew up listing to punk rock and reflecting that style I was constantly changing my hair cut and color along with all my friends. Once I graduated high school I honestly had no idea what to do in my life. Then it just kind of hit me that maybe I should try cosmetology school, what could it hurt? So I did it and hear I am 7 years later still loving it. 

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

I started school in 2009 at Cutting edge hairdressing academy in the Midwest, hated the snow so I finished back in Jacksonville at Regency beauty institute.

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

I absolutely love doing men's cuts and anything involving make up. Being that this industry is constantly evolving I would never consider myself and expert I still learn just as much today as when I was in school. 

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

Never think you know everything! The minute you start thinking that way is the minute you stop growing as an individual. Always live with an open mind set and you will go far. 

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

For students I would say remember that you picked to go to hair school because it's your passion. This is your education for the most amazing industry ever so make the best of it. 

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

Being that I did terrible in school my teaching style is very broken down I want to make sure you understand 100% what you are doing. I'm a great study buddy and always understanding of different learning styles. 

What is your favorite part of instructing?

This is my dream job, I've always loved growing people no matter what age. My sole purpose is to give you the best education possible and make it ridiculously fun all at the same time. 

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

Getting mad at cutting graduation so my instructor let me throw my mannequin in the parking lot. 

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

I haven't had one memory that sticks out more than the others because I feel like everyday I have a new one. But when you see your students understanding something that you taught them it's kind of amazing.

Tressa Smith

Cosmetology Instructor

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

After assisting the stylist in the salon I was employed,I was impressed by the laid back and creative invironment of the Salon atmosphere and decided to enroll in Beauty School.

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

I attended Beauty School in Columbus, GA. I graduated in 1995.I decided to transition into a more educational role of instructing in 2007.This role reenergized my love for this industry.

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

Chemical Texturizing is the area that I excelled in and built most of my clientele. Haircoloring has challenged me the most, which is why at this time it is my favorite.

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

Practice what you teach!

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

Smile while you are working. It helps your clients feel more comfortable.

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

Fun and informational hands on learning.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

Watching the students struggle with a technique and later watching them do it effortlessly.

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

My instructor crying because she thought we didnt care. Then later we put on a play for her displaying what she taught us. She cried with joy.

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

Students thanking me for helping them or having a positive impact on their lives.

Anthony A. Garcia

Academy Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:
I'll admit it, I didn't. I just knew it was a career that encompassed everything I loved, such as people, art, psychology, teaching, and continuous educational growth. It was through that journey that the career I chose became my passion, and it continues to grow daily.
Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?
Crum's Beauty College in Manhattan, KS. Graduated in January 2008.
For what skill(s), service(s), and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?
I strive and continuously further myself in educational skills pertaining to all areas of cosmetology with an emphasis on hairdressing and hair colour.
What is the best industry or technique-related advice you have ever been given?
You must have confidence that you can learn all that is given to you and confidence that you will be successful!
What is the best industry or technique-related tip you can offer students?
Do not fear your weaknesses or vulnerabilities. Once you own up to them and claim them, you can overcome them and make them your strengths!
What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?
Mirror teaching. After videos, demos, and hands-on practices, I have my cosmetology school students recap by becoming the teacher to me and walking me through all of the steps they learned. I always found that knowledge of subject matters stick better when you are asked to teach them to someone else.
What is your favorite part of instructing?
Being able to see the epiphany or light bulb go off when a student fully comprehends a subject matter and shares a piece of the passion you have.
What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?
Being able to use my sister as a doll and work on her nails, give her cuts, and change her hair colour constantly! My favorite mistake was changing her hair color brown purple with an asymmetrical one length!
What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?
When I suddenly realized how much a "good job" or "I'm proud of you" means to a student. Most of the time you see yourself as the main character of the story, but when you become a teacher, you become a player in someone else's.