Meet Your Educators (MN)

Brady Snider

Admissions Director and Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Iowa and Minnesota I have been a part of the beauty industry for 18 years; and it all started when I began my schooling at PCI Academy. I love helping people look better and feel better about themselves. PCI Academy has helped me grow so much as a stylist, as […] Read more

Sara Strouts

Licensed Cosmetology Educator, Licensed School Manager – Minnesota I have been in the beauty industry for about 20 years. Fifteen of those have been spent at PCI and I am forever changed because of it. Although I am a cosmetology educator, I have a knack for nails! And so I became the nail educator about […] Read more

Sue Jensen

Licensed Cosmetology Educator, Licensed Esthetics Educator – Minnesota I started my career in the beauty industry at 18 years old.  I now have 38 years of experience to share with PCI students. I love being an educator. It’s fun, exciting, and every day is filled with the opportunity to learn and create amazing looks for […] Read more

Gilbert Valdez

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota My gift for hair was passed onto me by my mother. And now I have been involved with this industry for almost 30 years. I have been featured in Chicago magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times, awarded the presidential scholarship award for cosmetology, certified a Redken Certified Colorist and a Certified […] Read more

Katie Penk

Admissions Counselor, Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota I was originally attracted to the industry because I found it was the perfect combination of artistry and human connection. I especially love the creativity in short hair cutting. I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist for 10 years. My favorite thing about educating at PCI is the flexibility in […] Read more

Kate Manders

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota A family member was a salon owner growing up. I would hang out in her salon and she would send products to my family. I loved using all of the beauty products and being in the salon getting services done. I knew I was going to cosmetology school since 3rd […] Read more

Stephanie Kundinger

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota Cosmetology and business are my life. Rising into the education field from a very successful salon life, I can give fresh ideas and inspiration. My favorite elements of this industry are absolutely customer service, product knowledge, and creating unstoppable systems for business success. Anybody that knows me, knows I’m a […] Read more

Emily Cupp

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota I had basically given up on my dream career of being a cosmetologist and a cosmetology educator, with little to no belief in myself. But, through a series of life changes, I came in contact with someone who shared their belief in me. I went back, I grabbed hold of […] Read more