Instructor Spotlight: Irene Grossklaus

One of the many reasons that Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) stands out from the rest is the amazing instructors we have on campus. We’ll introduce you to one of them here. Drumroll please! Say hello to Irene Grossklaus!

What made you decide to start a career in the cosmetology industry?

I’m pretty sure I knew I would do hair from the first time I put “Sun In” in my hair! When I was 9 or 10 years old, my best friend’s mom allowed us to give her a perm!

What was your career path before teaching at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology?

I’m going on my 10th year of teaching now, but before I came to MSC I was an educator at another cosmetology school. 

 Why did you choose to teach at MSC?

The moment I walked in for my interview I knew this is where I wanted to be. The busy clinic floor, the warm welcoming atmosphere…I knew it would be a place I would really be able to share my experience and change lives.  

Describe your role as an educator.

My role entails a bit of everything. It’s what I love the most. Every day brings something new and exciting. One day it might be on the clinic floor interacting hands-on with students and clients, the next time I might be in the basics classroom teaching how to cut hair for the first time. I am a mentor, a guidance counselor, and sometimes my motherly self comes out as well! At the end of the day, as long as someone can take away something I taught them, my day is fulfilled. 

What’s your favorite part about being an instructor at MSC?

It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite part about being an instructor. But if I could narrow it down, it would be that I truly enjoy being a part of these students’ journey to being a successful cosmetologist. I know that when they graduate, I have had the opportunity to impact their lives in some way. 

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?

Don’t give up. Believe in yourself. Continue to grow and learn every day because your opportunities and experiences are limitless. Keep your mind open to what this industry has to offer. 

What’s your area of expertise or your favorite technique to teach?

I would say my favorite subject to teach is color. I love the challenges and creativity that coloring someone’s hair can bring, and love seeing the moment in a student’s face when they understand it! 


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