At every school there is that one person, the person who keeps everyone smiling and everything running like a well-oiled machine. They are the person who puts the heart into the school and creates the family that they are. Everyone here at The Salon Professional Academy Dallas knows who that is, and it just so happens to be one of our owners – the amazing Anna Geleske!
Anna is an amazing individual who has brought so much joy, laughter, and passion into our school. She is constantly pushing everyone to reach their full potential, and cheers them on while they reach for the stars! Her positivity is contagious, and it’s no wonder, with a cosmetology background that spans over thirty years – she has seen, and done, some things.
It Takes a Special Flick
In 1986, when Anna first entered cosmetology school, high bouffants and perms were all the rage! In fact, so much time was spent on perming that it’s a skill Anna will probably never forget. That, and how to perfectly apply hairspray to get a prom look that would go great with pink puffed sleeves. “I could perm with the best of them,” Anna said as she fondly reminisced about hair that would easily reach heaven. It’s Texas after all, would you expect any less?
Add a Little Bit of Drive
Straight out of cosmetology school Anna opened her own one chair salon in a sleepy little town in Texas, as they say. When her husband was transferred she worked in a salon for nine years before opening up her own. It was here, in her own salon, that she truly fell in love with her clients, and with her staff. It was also here that she realized the huge gap that existed in the education of many budding cosmetologists.
They would come to her seeking a job, only to find that their business and client relation skills were severely lacking. It used to be the trend in cosmetology schooling to only teach as much as the student needed to cut hair. Anna decided to change that, to teach and develop the whole student. She had been training and supporting her staff for years, but it was when she made the switch to an educator that she realized that the satisfaction she gets from helping people change their lives exceeds the personal gratification of cutting hair.
Sprinkle in a Bit of You
Every good educator knows that you have to put your heart behind your work; and Anna has mastered that. You can see it more than just in her drive to instill valuable lessons in her students, but in every part of her life. In fact, some of her favorite hobbies are gardening and jewelry making – two very beautiful things. It is clear that Anna surrounds herself with that creative passion.
It’s not only creativity that fuels her, however. A large part of it comes from her family, her grandkids most of all.
And Make a Change
“I did it pretty good, but I want them to do it bigger and better than I did.” Teaching from experience is her trademark, and because of this Anna will always be the biggest cheerleader for her students. She encourages them to push limits and break through ceilings as they grow. It’s a cause she is so passionate about that when she has the time Anna will even teach business classes, dancing into class as she tells stories of her own experiences and failures, hoping to instil the same lessons on her students.
It’s more than just business classes, however, Anna wants each of her students to learn and grow within themselves. She knows that when the time comes who they have grown into will impact the careers they build.
“Beauty is now a way of life,” she says, repeating words she hopes every student cherishes. “Look the part, own it, be proud of it.”