Salon Success Academy Announces a New Campus Director at Corona Campus

November ’13

Salon Success Academy is glad to announce Curtis Speller as the campus director for its Corona campus. Saying that his vision of growth for the campus directly aligns with where he believes the entire institution is heading, Curtis is passionate about education, his students and their potential.

Curtis SpellerCurtis comes from a four plus-year stint as director of another school, but he’s hardly the typical beauty school director. He served 12 years as a Marine where he was a recruiter and instructor. It was in that latter capacity that he says he learned some solid principles of quality instruction and education methods for the adult learner. Being a Marine also taught him a lot about turning “a vision into a reality,” said Curtis. He knows about setting goals and using systematic planning to accomplish those goals.

Saying he has high hopes for where Salon Success Academy and its students are going, Curtis is excited about the future of the school.

“I know we can be exceptional in every aspect of our education,” said Curtis. “In addition to the nuts-and-bolts instruction we already offer, our new partnership with Vidal Sassoon is a great opportunity for our students and the school.”

He said that his personal objectives as director include creating a quality education within an exceptional learning environment. And the way he plans to do that is to be a hands-on Director involved in all aspects of the campus and the school.

“The only way to ensure quality is to be involved, and to be down there on the floor,” said Curtis. He said he has an excellent staff and knows how to delegate but that he doesn’t believe in “just sitting up in an office. You don’t learn what’s really going on unless you’re really involved.”

When asked how a Marine with a can-do attitude wound up as head of a beauty school campus, Curtis laughs. He says his fellow Marines rib him a bit, but he’s proud of the school and where it’s going and he’s happy to be associated with such a great organization. According to Curtis, the students at Salon Success Academy truly have opportunities for success.

Congratulations to the Winners of our Spookiest Halloween Hair & Makeup Contest!

Marcella Rojas, People's Choice Winner and Nicole Espinosa, Judges' Choice WinnerMarcella Rojas from the San Bernardino campus took top honors in last month’s annual Spookiest Halloween Hair & Makeup Contest. Receiving more than 200 votes from fans of the Salon Success Academy Page on Facebook, Marcella’s mummy makeover won first place and a $75 Target gift card. Nicole Espinosa’s creation crafted at the Upland campus won the Judges’ Choice Award.

Honorable Mention winners from each campus were Monique Martinez, Upland; Kimberly Vellas, San Bernardino; Whitney Lauer, Redlands; Sammy Cragun, Corona and Shayla Guitierrez from Fontana. The campus winners received gift cards to Starbucks.

The contest was a great success with Salon Success Academy students showing off their macabre imaginations and their wide makeover skillset. To view all of the photos, click here.

About Salon Success Academies

Salon Success Academy offers five locations in California’s Inland Empire, in Redlands, Fontana, Upland, San Bernardino, and Corona. Our mission at SSA involves caring for every student as a member of our family, furnishing the chance to finish their educational objectives as affordably as possible. SSA incorporates first-hand, real-world practice of the principles of cosmetology, skin care, and nail artistry. The campus teams with members of the beauty industry to educate our graduates on the technical and customer service skills they need to succeed in their careers.

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