Faculty Spotlight: Angie Durkee

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. Angie Durkee teaches a wide variety of courses at MSC-Plymouth, and we thought you should get to know her. 

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

I chose cosmetology because a cousin of mine took me under her wing and taught me how to do my makeup and style my hair. It really boosted my low self-esteem, and I wanted to be able to help others feel good about themselves, like she had helped me feel good about myself!

Salon Manger Angie Durkee
What was your career path before teaching at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology?

I worked the first 10 years out of cosmetology school behind the chair for City Looks, formally The Barbers Hairstyling for Men and Women. After that I catered with my husband for a little while, but eventually got back into hair with Great Clips. I’ve worked at Beauty Supply and that is what opened the doors for me to get my instructor’s license.

Why did you choose to teach at MSC?

I was back in the salon after finishing my first teaching position, and I realized I wasn’t happy being in the salon, and that teaching was my passion. One afternoon I was driving around and stopped by the school. I noticed my Basics instructor teaching on the clinic floor, and knew I had come full circle and was finally home. I still keep in touch with Ms. Jeannine to this day.

Describe your role as an educator.

As MSC’s school manager, I am responsible for overseeing the team of educators as well as ensuring the students are receiving the best education and having fun while learning. I have been in the salon manager role for a little over five years and have loved every minute of every day. I get to get up, come to work and see growth and learning progress for each and every student at MSC-Plymouth.

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

My favorite part of instructing is getting to be there when the students have their “ah-ha” moments. There’s nothing like watching your students understand what you’ve been asking them to do all this time.

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

Don’t let others make your choices for you, if you want it, go for it! I pushed myself when I didn’t want to and when I couldn’t push myself any further, others were there to help me through the rough spots. Don’t give up, it’s so worth it in the end! I’ve never worked a day in my life, because I love what I do.

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

I love cutting hair, and hair color is a fun and exciting avenue, too. When I had my “ah-ha” moment, I colored everyone in sight.

This is a great industry. I guarantee you won’t ever be bored!

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