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Meet the Team

Team of Educators

The educators in our Beauty School are experienced in teaching and are award-winning professionals. Besides highly motivated, Master Educators at Pivot Point Academy are trained with our proprietary Mindful Teaching Professional Development product. We provide clear and consistent training to make the most out of your fun and interactive educational experiences. The focus is on you becoming the best beauty professional possible.

Stylists shampooing hair

Ms. Frances (Lead Educator and Master Educator, Teacher Trainer)

Mrs. Frances is an enthusiastic instructor who motivates all students – specialists to beginners – by demonstrating a passion for cosmetology and customer service. Ms. Frances is a skilled presenter and platform artist. In 2000 Frances set on the board to help produce Pivot Point’s Textbook Salon Fundamentals, currently she has several techniques that are used in Pivot Point’s videos, and in 2015 Ms. Frances was the first educator to use the new interactive digital platform learn about beauty program (LAB).

Mrs. Frances is holding the following Licenses: Cosmetologist & Cosmetology Instructor. She is a Pivot Point Alumni with more than two and half decades of Experience in the beauty industry. Also holding the following Degrees: Associate in Psychology and a bachelor’s degree In Elementary education. She led instruction for cosmetology students and cosmetology teachers in the U.S. and abroad. Mrs. Frances has received 6 teachers of the year awards.

Large group of students with Ms. Diana

Ms. Diana (Lead Master Esthetics Educator)

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
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Ms. Diana is a licensed Esthetics Instructor, Dermalogica Expert, Certified MUD Lead Makeup Educator, and CIDESCO Diplomat with over 15 years of teaching experience in the beauty industry. Ms. Diana has been involved with many projects, contributing her makeup skills in NAHA nominated and winning teams and in a reality TV show, Global Beauty Masters. Her latest endeavor is contributing her knowledge as a Subject Matter Expert in the Fundamentals Esthetics coursebook for Pivot Point International.

Ms Ria surrounded by several students

Ms. Ria (Cosmetology Educator)

“Teaching is more than just teaching the fundamentals. It takes compassion, patience, and the ability to make learning fun.”

Holding the following licenses: Nail Technician, Cosmetologist and Cosmetology Instructor. Ms. Ria has
more than 15 years of experience in the beauty industry and started teaching in 2015.

Mr Ken posing with several students

Mr. Ken (Lead Master Barber & Master Cosmetology Educator)

“My passion is sharing knowledge in the hair industry at all levels.”

Mr. Ken is a licensed Barber and Cosmetology Educator and holding an active barber and cosmetology license. In 1994 he decided to put his dedication toward the education of the next generation of beauty professionals. Mr. Ken continues to work as a barber in a barbershop to stay up to date and relevant in the field to share this information with his students.

Ms Marissa posting with students

Ms. Marissa (Cosmetology & Barber Educator)

“Cosmetology is a way to create art, hair becomes the canvas. Teaching cosmetology, for me, is a way to share how to create art, build relationships, inspire growth, and help turn passion into purpose.”

Besides being a licensed Cosmetologist and Teacher, Ms. Marissa also holds a Barber and Barber Teacher license. In this wonderful profession and behind the chair for 8 years. As an undergrad Marissa competed and placed: 2nd in trending cut and color and 5th in long hair design. Marissa is our champion in BaaB business training that focused on social media presence.

Nikki Santana posing with students

Ms. Niki (Cosmetology Educator)

“My philosophy is to equip our future professionals with the tools necessary to succeed in the beauty industry by providing exceptional technical education. Both in the classroom and on the student salon floor. With my personal experiences, the training our students will receive is real life hands on with client & stylist interaction.”

Ms. Niki is licensed cosmetology instructor for 6 years. She is holding a Cosmetology license for 10 years. As our champion of the business training Prosper U we focus on students skills to rebook, increase retentions, product knowledge that will help them prepare our graduates to be salon ready in the real world. This foundation will enable the to successfully attain employment in the beauty industry and related fields.

Ms. Ursulla Cosmetology Educator

Ms. Ursulla (Cosmetology Educator)

“Pivot Point Academy will be your wonderful beginning to your pathway to success in this industry, creating beauty along your journey.”

Holding the following licenses: Cosmetologist and Cosmetology Instructor.  Ursulla is known as a charismatic, driven, passionate person. Believing – Life is beautiful, everyone sees beauty every day. Our industry allows us to formulate that vision, apply it to our work, and create happiness in the world. Beauty is very powerful! I have found absolute success in the beauty industry, continuously learning, and valuing the great relationships established along my journey. Competition and Awards: Led Multiple Event Competitions. From her Alma mater for “Perfect Attendance.

Petra Cooper Cosmetology Instructor

Ms. Petra (Cosmetology Educator)

“Education is not the filling of the pail, but the Lighting of the Fire”  William Butler Yeats

Petra has been in the beauty industry for over 30 years as Artistic Director, Salon Owner, traveling product Representative, and now an Educator.  She strongly feels, giving back to the industry that has given her so much in her life is like ‘The icing on my Cosmetology career. I believe as an Educator when you teach a skill to a student and they own it, it is for life. That’s truly what being an educator means to me. Passing on our craft.” Petra one of the first few classes to embrace the Mindful Teaching Approach Module with Pivot Point and is a Pivot Point Alumni. She holds a Diploma in Food and Wine from Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London, England. After running marathons in Europe and Chicago, Petra gained Elite Status in her running career.

Yvette Cosmetology Educator

Ms. Yvette (Cosmetology Educator)

“If you do what is easy your life will be hard. If you do what is hard your life will be easy”

Ms. Yvette is a licensed Cosmetologist with over 40 years of experience in the industry and has been teaching for over 19 years. She is passionate about her craft and passing the baton of knowledge to up-and-coming Cosmetologists. She has always believed that making people feel good and look beautiful is fulfilling to her soul. Ms. Yvette is also a certified lash extension specialist.

Team of Student Support and Services

Our Student Support and Services Team is here for you. From getting to know us, our educators, our campus and programs, creating a financial plan, FAFSA (financial aid, federal student aid) support via onboarding, and being around for questions you may have until your graduations and beyond. Our focus is on you being successful.

Michelle posing in front of large group of people

Michelle (Director Admission, Guest Services)

“What sets us apart? Our culture, our mission. We have a professional energy and family culture. Our staff is an education gold mine, our owners are involved in the day to day and you can feel everyone LOVES what they do. You will experience that that when you walk into Pivot Point Academy.”

Read Michelle’s Interview in Voyage Chicago

Michelle has been a licensed Cosmetologists for 16 years and is currently the Director of our Admission team, Student Salon, Spa and Barber Clinic.

Lisa passing envelope to woman

Lisa (Lead Student Services & Financial Aid)

“I love helping our students from the start of their dream until they graduate from our program.”

Lisa has worked at Pivot Point Academy for over 14 years. I manage student services and assist with all student financial services responsibilities. Lisa has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a Minor in Business Administration.

Manager Guest Service $ Assistant Bridget

Bridget (Guest Service Manager & Financial Aid Assistant)

“I choose to have a career at Pivot Point Academy because this is a place where we help students grow into
amazing beauty professionals. Pivot Point Academy welcomed me into the beauty industry. It introduced me
to some of the most remarkable people in my life. The beauty industry has the warmest, kindest, and most
accepting people that I have ever been honored to meet. I love working at Pivot Point Academy being surrounded by people who inspire me and others daily.”

Bridget’s philosophy: Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Guest services Meleina

Meleina (Guest Services for the Student Salon, Spa, and Barber Clinic)

“I love overseeing all the students in the school express themselves & elevate while placing confidence in growth towards their passion to allow a successful future.”

My favorite quote: “Beauty is an attitude.” (Anonymous)

We strive to make our student salon a positive, fun environment. Guests like this get to enjoy some pampering and our students get to practice beauty techniques! ✂️

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

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Check out this stunning hair transformation! @hairbydensity added some pink to her mom’s hair to switch up her look. ✨

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

#pinkhair #vivids #hairtransformation #beforeandafter #hairideas #pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #futurecosmetologist
Is it your dream to teach students about cosmetology, barbering, or esthetics? If so, our Teacher Training Courses can help you get started! Visit our website to learn more. → Link in bio

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

#pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #teachertraining #mastereducator #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #continuingeducation
Pamper yourself with a relaxing LED light therapy treatment🧖‍♀️, like this one performed by our student @lueurdeluna.artistry!

If you’re a current student, don’t forget to tag us in your work for a chance to be featured on our social media!

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

#ledlight #lighttherapy #skincare #skin #esthetician #esthetics #pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #futurecosmetologist
If you’re passionate about men’s grooming, our barber program might be perfect for you! Students in this program can learn hair cutting, men’s grooming, shaving, and more. 💈 The next start dates are June 6th and July 11th!

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

#pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #futurebarber #barberstudent #barber #barbering #barberschool #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool
If you've always wanted to pursue your passion for beauty, there's no time like the present. We have classes beginning in June, so make sure to start the application process today! We can't wait for you to start your journey!
This guest wanted blue hair and @beauty.by_katiew made it happen! 💙 If you suddenly want vibrant hair now, come and see one of our amazing students!

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

#vivids #bluehair #hairideas #shorthair #pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #futurecosmetologist
Interested in the world of beauty but are wondering what exactly a cosmetologist is? Look no further! We have all the information on cosmetologists and what they do! Learn more about this industry at our blog!
Interested in mentoring young beauty students? Learn to teach the next generation of beauty students with our teacher training programs! Watch this video to discover the best teaching path for you! 🤩
If you’re passionate about beauty, there’s a program for you here at Pivot Point Academy. ✨ Our programs include:

- Cosmetology
- Barbering
- Esthetics
- Teacher Training
 
Whether you’re new to this industry or you’ve been a beauty professional for years, we can help you level up your skills. Visit our website for more information! → Link in bio

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

#pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #mastereducator #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #futurecosmetologist #estheticsschool #barberschool #continuingeducation
Look at these gorgeous highlights done by @emma.moffittbeauty! 🤩 She did a great job, especially considering it was her first time providing a color service to a guest!

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

#highlights #blonde #blondehair #hairideas #pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #futurecosmetologist
We’re glad to hear this guest was happy with his haircut! If you’ve visited our student salon or attended our school, feel free to leave us a review as well. We love getting feedback from both guests and students.

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

#testimonial #review #fivestarreview #pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #futurecosmetologist
May 16th 10:00-12:00 @nolanthebarber 
In-Depth Freestyle Education in Sculpting (2 CEU hours credited) 
-Develop a better understanding of your own creative flow
-Open a new perspective to structure your graphics 
$25.00 for 2 hour CEU class/credit 
Reserve your seat on our website: 

https://www.pivotpoint.edu/event/sculpt-your-mind-depth-freestyle-education-by-nolanthebarber/
@hairbykaitlinalice refreshed this guest’s dark brown hair and added some peekaboo highlights. We love the way it turned out! 💖

If you’re a current student, we want to help you build your clientele! Tag us in your photos, use our location tag, or use #pivotpointacademy for a chance to be featured on our social media.

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

#peekaboohighlights #highlights #hairideas #pivotpoint #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #futurecosmetologist
Are you a licensed professional looking for a way to share your love for cosmetology, barbering, or esthetics? Our Teacher Training Courses are designed to prepare licensed beauty professionals to become well-informed, versatile instructors. Learn more on our website! → Link in bio

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

#pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #teachertraining #mastereducator #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #continuingeducation
Welcome to our newest Pivot Point Academy Barbers! Looking forward to your journey with us! ✨💈#pivotpoint #iampivotpoint #pivotpointacademy
@celli_cutz  @chevelito
Congratulations to Israel @beards_fadesandblades 💈on being the first 1500 hour Barber of Pivot Point Academy!✨ we are proud! #iampivotpoint #pivotpoint #pivotpointacademy
No bleach or hair color was needed for this hair transformation! Our student @kelley_hairandmakeup freshened up her classmate’s hair with a quick, beautiful haircut. Well done! ✂️

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

#beforeandafter #hairtransformation #haircut #hairideas #pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #futurecosmetologist
You can express your creativity and boost people’s confidence by pursuing a future in barbering. 💈 The first step is starting your barber education, so visit our website to find out if our barber program is right for you! → Link in bio

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

#pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #futurebarber #barberstudent #barber #barbering #barberschool #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool
Being proud of your work is what it is all about. ✨ Practice makes improvement! @eye.yah.nahhh 
#iampivotpoint  #pivotpoint #pivotpointacademy
We’re obsessed with this sunset-inspired hair done by @desigirl_cosmo! ☀️ Vivid hair doesn’t get much better than this! 

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

#vivids #colormelt #hairideas #pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint #cosmetologyschool #beautyschool #hairschool #futurecosmetologist
Thank you @salonbuzzchi for educating our students today!! ✨ #iampivotpoint #pivotpoint #pivotpointacademy
Ready for your future in beauty to begin? Pivot Point Academy is ready for you! Classes begin this spring so get started with your application process today! 
Barbering Start Dates:
💈April 4
💈May 2
Cosmetology Start Dates:
✂️April 26
✂️June 21

Testimonials

  • I was recently at your Bloomingdale location this past Saturday.  Christopher cut my hair as well as did a color correction w/high lights.  Even though I was there for 5 hours he took his time to make sure that the job was being done right and asked instructors for feedback etc when needed.

    Well, the outcome came out FANTASTIC. I posted my picture on my Facebook as well as my personal weight watchers profile and I was bombarded with so many likes saying how cute the color/cut came out and how it complements my newly thinned out features.   I went drastic with a modified pixie cut and I went for it 🤣!!

    I’m hoping that Christopher is available the next time I go for a trim and touch up 😊😊

    Linda B.

    I chose pivot point intentionally because I’ve always loved makeup. Going through all the phases and learning all the curriculum I’ve never been so happy to become a well-rounded hairstylist knowing all techniques and learning all different hair types. I’ve never been so blessed to be working at Sharon Daniel Salon to further my career and make everyone feel beautiful!

    Alissa M.
  • I chose Pivot Point because of its professional but fun atmosphere. I feel that they took cosmetology as seriously as I did but everyone was still warm and welcoming! I am now working at a Redken elite salon in Chicago and I feel like I’ve found a home in my rising salon!

    Mikey D.

    Pivot Point Academy is not only a school, it is a home. This place helped me branch out into a whole different person. I tried things I never knew I would try and accomplished so much more than I would’ve ever thought. Pivot Point allowed me to find another home at Sorelle Salon in Bartlett. I am a full-time stylist now doing hair, makeup, spray tans, lash extensions, lash lifts, and nails! This industry offers so much and Pivot Point helped me realize beauty is unstoppable!

    Gabby B.
  • I chose Pivot Point Academy because I wanted a supportive, family-like school. I knew from the minute I toured the academy; I was home. The educators were amazing, my classmates were always cheering me on and the rest of the team always had my back. I knew going to Pivot Point I would have the best cosmetology education and opportunities following graduation. I was given all of that, plus so much more.

    Savannah F.

    I chose Pivot Point because it had always been highly recommended to me and frankly; no other school compared. I felt welcomed and at home right away, so I knew it was the right choice. After graduating from Pivot Point, I was able to come across an amazing job opportunity at The Mixx Hair Salon where I am now a full-time hairstylist and lead makeup artist.

    Nathaly L.