Elena: The Face of TSPA DC Admissions

If you have come into our school lately, You probably remember Elena, one of The Salon Professional Academy, (TSPA) DC’s cherished owners! This talented guru doubles as the company partner and head of admissions. Having a passion for beauty, people, and exploring the new, Elena handles communication and recruiting talent into TSPA DC. With twenty years of experience under her belt, Elena loves helping others reach goals and training up the new generation of stylists.

TSPA DC student salon training area

In With the New

Whether prospective students are nervous or just indecisive, Elena creates a welcoming environment. Elena loves offering advice, and introducing them to TSPA DC. Elena’s outgoing and fun-loving personality can make any future student feel welcomed before enjoying a comfortable transition. Elena believes getting to know someone on a personal basis, beyond a phone screen. “I can talk to anybody. I am very open!”, she says.

Their First Steps: A Tour of TSPA DC

Elena understands that she is the first thing potential students see and is their first impression of the school, and she seeks to make it a great one! With the help of Shewit, the front desk coordinator, Elena gives newcomers an inside look at their potential future.

Shewit schedules tours and Elena spends a majority of her day showing people around the school, getting to know future students, and ensuring their comfort. The feedback she receives is that students love the beautiful campus in the middle of the city near the train station. “If they were nervous, usually by the end they are fine!”.

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Eliminating Obstacles

Elena is more than an advisor and a people-person. She is also a coach! She is naturally motivated to help students and future students enter TSPA DC and find success. Despite potential obstacles like financing your education or scheduling classes, Elena works with each student and is “always trying to find ways to get students through the door”, promoting TSPA DC’s relationship with Redken and a curriculum that covers business and marketing skills.

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Elena isn’t in it for money. She truly loves helping others accomplish exactly what they set out to do. “It’s more than getting your license. They come in for a tour and leave here a different person. It’s so beautiful to see who they are when they leave here and succeed in the industry”. Elena even enjoys these relationships with alumni beyond graduation. Become a part of this close community at TSPA DC and apply today!

Ready to learn more? Take a “virtual tour” of a day in the life at TSPA DC here!

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Meet Johanne Vorsteg: Our Jack of All Trades

Meet our tough cookie, Johanne Vorsteg. She’s just as sweet and a giver of both inspiration and tough love! With over ten years of professional experience in the industry, Johanne has been in every seat from student, to stylist, to educator, to investor, and finally, advisor. We’d say Johanne’s best role is mentoring and inspiring others all the way from breakdowns to breakthroughs.

Johanne Vorsteg

Johanne B.C. (Before Cosmetology)

Our East Coast Sweetheart has been with us at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), DC since day one, but like many others, she didn’t always have a clear vision of her future and professional purpose. Over ten years ago, Johanne looked for her niche. She never found a place that felt like hers and didn’t want that to mean she belonged at a university. Instead, she worked. After giving up on waiting tables, Johanne moved on to sweeping salon floors, having no idea she was about to find her passion.

Elena, Patrick, and Johanna: Three Peas

After graduating from cosmetology school, Johanne worked a salon, fostered her talent, built her book, and developed relationships. These relationships included her mentors and inspirers, Elena and Patrick, founders of TSPA DC. They pushed her to want more and Johanna did. “I knew I could stay and just do hair forever”, Johanne said. “That’s easy. I wanted to inspire. I wanted to pass the torch onto young industry professionals”. When Elena and Patrick invited her to invest in and work at their new school, TSPA DC, Johanne was eager to see how the bacon is made. “I was lucky enough to see it all come together!”

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Johanne’s Role at TSPA

Whether you attend TSPA DC or you’re a visitor, Johanne won’t be far! Interacting with students and staff often, she mentors, guides, and sympathizes, reassuring everyone that her door is always open. Johanne overseas education and builds TSPA DC as a business. More than that, Johanne pushes students beyond their own expectations. “If a student sets goals for themselves, I want to push them. If they are discouraged, I want to push them to what THEY said they wanted to be.” She recognizes that everyone’s journey isn’t easy and sees it as an opportunity for self-improvement and learning. Practicing and refining weaknesses pays off. Johanne says, “Your flaws become such a focus that they eventually become your strengths”.

Curated Culture

Johanne sees beauty school as a place for a student to grow, learn, and become. She is passionate about getting dreamers there, no matter the roadblocks. It is a type of education and success that doesn’t require a four year degree, major debt, or second-guesses. If you think you’ve hit a wall, you just may have found a door, and beauty school could be a place for you.

What’s In It For Her?

Johanne loves watching people succeed. It brings her joy and fulfillment to know that people were able to accomplish what they thought they couldn’t. Our school is where students can feel comfortable enough to feel vulnerable. It’s a place to make mistakes so that we can all learn from each other. In a school that is eager to learn, Johanne says that, “We might look like a salon but we are humble enough to know that this is part of the learning process.”

It’s an ambitious and persevering presence like Johanne that can totally make an educational experience. She is a constant reminder that your dreams don’t have to be just that. Like hers, they can be goals. Johanne can be your inspiration, mentor, and cheerleader along your own journey as she continues hers. Get the most out of an education alongside those who want to get the most out of you.

Interested in joining our school? Work alongside Johanne and other awesome educators and friends. Take a look into a day in the life of a student here!

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Meet the Owners of TSPA DC: A Team Dedicated to Growth and Education

To run a successful beauty school, you need to have the right owners. Owners are the face of the school and the individuals who set the tone for a school’s culture and environment. Since first opening in January 2017, The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), DC has been committed to education and helping cosmetology students grow professionally. Such an intense level of dedication and passion could not exist without school owners Patrick Guarniere and Elena Gioacchini. Formerly successful stylists with years of experience behind the chair, they switched to beauty education so they could share their passion with the next generation of cosmetologists. With this winning team at the helm, TSPA DC can offer students a rigorous and professionally-driven education.

Elena and Patrick at TSPA DC.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Patrick and Elena both attended cosmetology school and worked as stylists before they owned TSPA DC. As a creative person who comes from a long line of cosmetologists, Elena says that beauty school was always written in the stars for her. “I love the industry and I love how it’s growing,” Elena says.”I feel like it’s who I am…The industry made me who I am and it gave me everything I have in my life.” Patrick never thought about attending beauty school until he noticed how fulfilled cosmetologists seemed in their career. He enrolled in cosmetology school as a way to improve his own future and hasn’t looked back since.

After their respective graduations from cosmetology school, Elena and Patrick met while working at a local salon. Between Elena’s creativity and Patrick’s technical skills, they became fast friends and eventually co-owners of the salon. While they loved running the salon for 13 years, both shared an insatiable hunger for education and sharing knowledge with new cosmetologists. When the opportunity to own a TSPA school arose, they knew they had to seize it.

“Elena and I were really successful hairstylists. We had full books,” Patrick says. “The reason we gave that up is because we love teaching and we wanted to pass on what we know to help other students live the kind of life we know they can have, because we did it.”

Why TSPA?

At TSPA DC, Patrick and Elena’s goal is to make their students salon-ready from day one. They chose to work with the TSPA franchise because the culture focuses on students’ growth and improvement. In addition to teaching technical and practical skills, TSPA places a strong emphasis on business and marketing knowledge. This type of education is key to preparing students for the beauty industry. Another draw of TSPA was its exclusive relationship with salon brand Redken. As a global leader in innovative hair products, Redken is always on the cutting edge of the beauty industry. Passion for innovation extends to their educational program, which focuses on preparing the individual stylist for success in a beauty industry career. “Redken education really changed our lives in the salon,” Patrick says. “So when we found a school that offered this education from the beginning we were very excited. We found the people we were hiring in the salon were undertrained. This school sets them up from the beginning with what they need to know.”

TSPA DC’s Mission

Patrick and Elena are friendly, fun-loving people, but they take cosmetology school very seriously. Just like any other form of post-high school education, cosmetology school takes a lot of hard work and commitment to complete. Students who are determined and hardworking are likely to have a positive educational experience that could prepare them for a bright future. When you get the chance to learn from enthusiastic educators, it makes all the difference. There are no two people more passionate about sharing their beauty knowledge than Patrick and Elena.

“We’re committed to the education,” Elena says. “We want students to be committed and serious. If they are, we will give them as much as they put in.”

Learn From This Dynamic Duo

Has reading about Patrick and Elena made you want to meet them in person? Contact us to ask us about enrolling in our cosmetology program and joining the TSPA DC family! We’re always excited to welcome hardworking students who love beauty and want to learn. We can’t wait for you to see the TSPA difference for yourself!

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Redken School to Open in DC

Exciting things are coming in 2016!

The beauty school franchise, The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), will be opening a new location in Washington DC, at the end of 2016.

TSPA DC will be an ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career in the beauty industry. The DC academy will initially offer Cosmetology with an Esthetics program to follow. TSPA schools offer affordable education options; providing students access to scholarships and grants to invest in their professional development.

Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a beauty education system that has changed the industry. Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned.

Pat Parenty, President, Professional Products Division for L’Oréal USA (parent company of Redken) said, “I believe The Salon Professional Academies are some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and [their] curriculum stands out; providing students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.”