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 Amy Stolber!
What made you decide to start a career in the cosmetology industry?
I’ve known since I was young I wanted to be a cosmetologist. In fact, I thought I invented the French braid. It’s like knowing you want to be a fire or policeman — you just know you want to help others. I knew I wanted to make people look beautiful because it made me and them feel good. Who doesn’t want a career like that?
What was your career path before teaching at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology?
Prior to MSC, I worked as a stylist and did a few fashion shows for charity events. I also taught at another school before deciding I wanted to bring it all back to MSC.
Why did you choose to teach at MSC?
I really wanted to work at MSC. I graduated from there and after experience in the industry, I knew this was the best. It was like coming home. And two of my favorite teachers are still here. They are just as amazing behind the scenes as they are in person.
Describe your role as an educator.
My role as an educator at MSC is equally divided. I work on the clinic floor and in the basics classroom. I love being able to swap my roles, and it helps keep my enthusiasm high. On the clinic floor, I get to help students identify their strength and encourage new techniques. In the classroom I play a huge role in their development; I’m always trying to get them excited about their new skills.
What’s your favorite part about being an instructor at MSC?
My favorite part of being an educator is knowing that I have helped provide them with an education that can never be taken away. I know they will leave with the tools for success. And after graduation, opportunity is endless for those that seek it.
What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?
My advice to someone wanting to join the field: Do it — life is about experiences and an education will give you opportunity and experience. Be a day maker.
What’s your area of expertise or your favorite technique to teach?
I love to teach hair cutting, and it’s hard to hold back my enthusiasm when I know students understand it. I know hair cutting is just the beginning to a wonderful career in cosmetology!