I have been a licensed cosmetologist for 18 years and continue to work behind the chair and attend trade shows. I became licensed as an instructor about 4 years ago teaching previously at a private cosmetology school. I started at STI in September 2016. I am certified in keratin and all varieties of hair extensions. As an instructor, I love being able to share my skills and love for the cosmetology profession with others. For STI’s students, I think patience is my greatest strength. Nobody is perfect and this career is continually changing and growing so there is always something for all of us to learn and grow. Students need to have patience and try to not get frustrated; always practice and your skills will improve. STI is a very structured program that continually teaches all aspects of the skills you need to be fully prepared for licensure. Other private schools can tend to be less structured with more self teaching after students reach a certain level so I believe STI gets the students more prepared.