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academy team

  • Darian Bishop
  • Joel Betts
  • Becky Sheffield
  • Russell Barron
  • Susan Stapler-Mondore
Darian Bishop

Darian Bishop

Academy Director

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

I think it was always there; my barbies were my first clients. I thought about it a lot in high school and debated between this and fashion/costume design. When I started at a TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy, I knew I was in the right place.

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

I went to the TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in Denver, CO. I was in the first class and graduated in November 1995.

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

I am an excellent stylist. I specialized in cutting in the salon, but my specialty has always been avant-garde hair. I love to "wow" people!

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

You get out what you put in. Volunteer and assist EVERYTHING! I made it a point at the beginning of my career to attend and assist at any event I could, even if it just meant getting coffee. Being present and seen as a hard worker later allowed me to travel around the world for the company.

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

Education is a journey, not a destination. Never stop learning and bettering what you know. Challenge yourself to better yourself.

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

Working for a common goal to better the industry as a whole and the team of Directors I have the pleasure to work with.

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

I love the excitement of our Student Soiree. Every year, the students put on such an amazing show. But most of all, I love seeing the pride on their faces after having created something so big.

Joel Betts

Joel Betts

Admissions Director

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

I've been around this business my entire life. My grandparents opened a hairstyling college in 1967, and my father is also a hairdresser and instructor. Even in high school I helped out with the school and enjoyed interacting with students and helping them realize their dreams.

When I graduated from college, I was all set to attend law school. However, while waiting for the semester, I worked in the family hairdressing school. After a few months, I realized I didn't want to go to law school and that I liked working with people in this industry too much to leave it behind.

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

I received my bachelor's degree in history from the University of Georgia in 2003. I also have a master's degree from Florida State University in information science, and I received that degree in 2009.  

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

I have worked in the administrative aspects of a hairdressing college for over a decade and have experience with financial aid, admissions, and the business office, as well as accreditation and state reporting. I feel that I am uniquely suited to consult with a prospective student so that they make the best choice for their education.

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

My grandmother always said that this business is about relationships, and I try to remember that every day. Every prospective student is someone with whom you have a relationship not only while enrolling them but also when they are in school, after they graduate, and when they move into a salon. And those relationships are important in helping your next set of students find jobs once they graduate.

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

The best piece of advice I would give is that you should never stop learning in this business. When you stop growing as a hairstylist your business will suffer greatly. Learning new techniques and getting inspired is essential to becoming (and being) a great hairdresser.

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

I enjoy working with a great staff that is focused on providing the best hairdressing education in the business. I am often inspired by the dedication to the students that I see in my beauty school team.

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

I always enjoy graduation ceremonies because you can see how far students have come since their first tour of our beauty school. They are now ready to go out and make a great living, and I've had a small part in making that happen.

Becky Sheffield

Becky Sheffield

Finanical Aid Coordinator

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

I am a second-generation beauty industry professional who grew up in the salon and education environments. My father started cutting hair in the Navy during WWII. Along with my mother, who was a fantastic business person, this blossomed into ten salons, a product distributorship, and three beauty school locations over the years. My weekends, as a child, were often spent at hair shows. I went to college to "escape" and do something "normal", but I found that I was drawn back into the creative and fun environment of the hair industry.

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

I received an Associate of Arts from Emory University, Oxford in 1982. Then I received a Bachelor of Science from University of Georgia, Athens in 1985. Also, I attended hair school at Roffler Hairstyling College in 1981, but I dropped out!

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

Financial aid and business management. I previously owned a beauty school and hair product distributorship.

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

The harder you work, the "luckier" you get.

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

Stay humble, keep on schedule, and strive to make your skills better every day. When we stop growing and learning, we are dead in our careers.

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

Being a part of student success. I love seeing students come back to our cosmetology school and finding out they experienced one of life's milestones (purchased a new car, bought a house, got married, had a child, or started their own salon) and that I had a small part in making that happen by helping them navigate the financial aid process so that they could attend.

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

There are so many, I can't pick just one. On more than one occasion I have had students cry or squeal with delight when they find out that they can begin school because we have been able to successfully secure financial aid funds for their program. With some students, they are the first generation of their family to get training past high school. During the past 28 years, I have been fortunate enough to see a variety of students achieve their goal of a hairdressing career.

Russell Barron

Russell Barron

Education Director

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

I enrolled in hair school on a whim. I had been studying English and Education at KSU, and my sister was enrolling in hair school, to do something that she loved more than anything. I didn't feel the same way about what I was doing, so I withdrew from my current school and enrolled in hair school with her. It was the greatest decision I have ever made! 

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

Roffler Hairstyling College. 1988.

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

Colour chemistry, colour formulation, colour application, and colour correction.

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

Be open to change, and be able to adapt.

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

If you have a good attitude, you can learn anything.

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

I base everything on the fundamentals of the task at hand, and
most of all, keep it simple. 

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

Those wonderful "light bulb" moments that students have, when everything seems to fall into place, and "they get it."

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

I remember coming in late one day because of a dental appointment, and a student frantically ran up to me and expressed that I should never miss a day at the academy because I was her one constant and she said, "In this place, you are my rock."

She opened my mind to the importance of always being present and knowing that my consistency in always being at work served as a support mechanism for her. We get so busy with what we do that we forget that the lives of some of our students are not grounded at all. So if we as teachers are consistently present at the academy, all students will feel that they have us to provide the strength that they need to help them succeed.

Susan Stapler-Mondore

Susan Stapler-Mondore

Cosmetology Instructor

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

I attended a comprehensive high school that offered cosmetology and decided to take the course as an elective. From day one I was in awe, and I knew this was my path in life. 

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

I attended Haralson County High School, but then I moved and graduated from Bremen High School in 1981. I consider both of the schools to be my alma maters. 

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

I love all aspects of hairdressing. I enjoy cutting, braiding, and updos the most. Hair colouring is fun as well.

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

Stay humble, coachable, and teachable. Always challenge yourself, and never stop growing personally or professionally. Find a mentor and learn as much as you can.

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

Stay up on the current trends, and plan for ongoing education. You may become frustrated but never give up.

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

I like to make the environment fun, constructive, and enjoyable. I believe this is conducive to learning. I like to be very hands-on with my cosmetology school students too, in an effort to help bring out the creative sides they all have. 

What is your favorite part of instructing?

To see the beauty school student grow into their role as a cosmetologist, as well as the glow and pride I see when the student has performed a great service.

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

My instructors giving me such positive feedback. They were amazing.

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

I was sick and admitted to the hospital for surgery. When I woke up, there stood my students at my bed with well wishes, gifts, and more. That is when I knew I was making a positive impact. That really meant so much to me.