John CookSchool Owner/Director
Melody MorganFinancial Aid Administrator
Cynthia EvansCareer Placement Specialist
Brionna RobinsonGuest Services
Danielle KunkelLead Educator
Ashley ShenkEducator in Training
Raelle RiveraEducator in Training
Natasha BonhoffSubstitute / Adjunct Teacher
Amanda BrownSubstitute/ Adjunct Teacher
Katy CarsonSubstitute/ Adjunct Teacher
Lachhimi Hass TaylorSubstitute/ Adjunct Teacher
Mr. Cook grew up in a family full of hair stylists so he was destined to be in this field, some way, some shape or form. He graduated from beauty school in 1993 and continued on to student teaching. While student teaching, he worked in a number of salons in the Philadelphia area. When he completed his student teaching, he knew that education was his calling. His passion for teaching grew and he went on to educate future hair designers for ten years. He moved to Southern Delaware in 2003 to help establish Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology. In 2010 Mr. Cook relocated back to the Philadelphia area, due to strong family ties and began teaching cosmetology in a local vocational high school. He earned his degree in vocational education from Temple University. Mr. Cook has returned to Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology as the school director and hopes to continue what he started in 2003, to make Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology one of the finest schools on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Ms. Melody originally came to Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology in 2005 as a Cosmetology student. She quickly realized that she never wanted to leave. Ms. Melody loves every aspect of the beauty industry and has a strong background in the finance industry. After graduating from the Cosmetology program it just so happened that Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology was in need of a Financial Aid Administrator, and the rest is history. Ms. Melody loves meeting with all students to discuss how to make their dreams a reality. She gets great satisfaction from being able to help those who didn’t think it was possible to go back to school.
Cindy W. Evans was licensed as a Cosmetologist in 1989. After building her clientele and moving into a management position in the salon she lead a very successful career as a Cosmetologist stylist and manager. She retired after 20 years in the salon and always knew that she wanted to give back to the industry that had given her so much. Cindy came to Delaware Learning Institute as an educator and made her way into the Lead Educator position. Eight years later Cindy accepted the position as Career Placement Specialist and couldn’t be more excited to help others reach their goals in the industry. “We were all students once and I know first hand the opportunities that are available after graduation.” “I love what I do.”
Ms. Brionna is an Indian River high school graduate. She was raised in a family of salon professionals and was always being taught little tricks of the trade. Ms. Brionna has been in the service industry since before graduating high school and loves working with people. She feels the key to customer service is building good relationships with the customer. She is very excited to be a part of the Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology family, and to learn more about this exciting field everyday.
Cosmetics, hair and fashion became Ms. Ashley’s’ passion very early on in her life. However, it wasn’t until her early 20’s that she came to realize that she not only admired those things but possessed a natural talent and gained the self confidence to begin the journey of turning her gifts into a career. Ms. Ashley has been helping men and women not only look their best but feel great since 2008! In the more recent years she has become a licensed Esthetics educator, which she feels allows her to teach other women how to provide the best face/skin care treatments, makeup and other advanced services. Within the last four years, Ms. Ashley has accomplished many things starting with becoming a licensed Esthetics Educator, since then she has became a Bella Lash Classic and Volume Lash Extensions Educator, Dermalogica certified, certified in threading, dermaplanning, lash lifting and most recently trained to provide Cryoskin toning, slimming and facial treatments. With all of Ms. Ashley’s education and training, she takes great pride in educating men and women on how to provide the best skin care treatments and many advanced services. Ms. Ashley is geared on always continuing her education to be able to teach her students the most current and new methods for treatments as well as keeping up with trends in the industry. Ms. Ashley ensures that not only her students but clients as well are using products of the upmost quality and also produce amazing results!
Ms. Danielle has been a licensed Cosmetologist since 2006. Her experience stems from 7 years as a stylist in a salon and as an assistant manager. In 2014 Ms. Danielle came into the educational field and loves every moment of it. Ms. Danielle is also a certified Creative Nail Design educator, and holds a Barber educator license endorsement. She has said that the best feeling in the world is when her students reach that “ah-ha” moment. . Ms. Danielle states that watching her students grow is the most rewarding thing for her.
Ms. LaDawn at the age of 8 years old grew a passion for cutting and curling hair on her dolls. . At the age of 12 she started testing her talent on family members and friends which ultimately she gained a great reputation for her love of doing hair. She decided to change her career and take her passion seriously in 2015 she graduated from Delaware Learning of Cosmetology. LaDawn moved on immediately behind the chair starting out as a new stylist at Hair Cuttery after just a year she was promoted to Assistant Salon Leader where she further realized that her passion not only making others feel and look good but her drive to lead and educate other stylists was something she loved to do. Her Passion for other successes and how new stylists are trained was something that she really felt drawn to. She wanted to give back everything that was given to her along her journey as a stylist. She let her heart lead her to becoming an educator at Delaware Learning of Institute where she is proud to pay it forward in educating future professionals.
Ms. G is a dedicated stylist/instructor who graduated from beauty school in 1990 and added on to her education as a professional stylist. While working full-time in a busy reputable salon in the Philadelphia area , she attended a teacher training program all while building a strong etiquette and detailed customer service and performed all skills of our field and built a solid background in the salon industry. In the cosmetology teaching program she had experienced constant hands on approach with future designers, giving her class everything she had experienced in the salon industry. She decided that education was her path to give back what she grasped daily in the salon atmosphere. Ms. G is committed to educating hair designing and additionally taught the cosmetology instructor programs for over 18 years in central Philadelphia. In 2005, she felt the need to go back behind the chair to perfect skills and work with the public and in doing so she took many titles in the salon industry. For the last 15 years she has been overseeing, training, and educating licensed hair professionals with product and skills to provide excellent service from beginning to end, while averaging 15-20 clients per shift. Finally, her passion for training received recognition and awards amongst peers for educating, retention, and customer service. With the ever changing salon industry Ms. G decided to again pay it forward and share her tricks of the trade. The path is now just in a new location, Delaware.
Ms. Shenk recently relocated to the state of Delaware from her home state of Pennsylvania. She has always had a strong love for hair and makeup. On top of it all she loves being able to be there for others and to make each and every person feel honored and beautiful. As time went on she realized being happy is one of the biggest priorities in life. That is when she decided to further her passion and mold her future by attending and graduating from Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology. She is highly passionate about everything she partakes in. Upon seeing this passion, she was offered a full scholarship for an Instructor’s program, which she took in a heartbeat. She is now striving daily for all students’ success and is determined to give back all her knowledge to the students, granting them her full knowledge as a professional Instructor at Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology. Ms. Shenk lives by the quote, “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.”
Ms. Raelle is a graduate of Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology. Growing up she struggled with skin issues and found it difficult to find someone to help solve them. Skin care soon became a key aspect of her life. Ms. Raelle decided to attend the Esthetics program where she fell in love with all things skin. Ms. Raelle has always had a passion for the service industry. Following her graduation from Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology, she had the opportunity to become an Esthetics educator herself. Ms. Raelle is constantly looking for opportunities to further her education and experience in the esthetics world. She hopes to provide a fresh insight to adaptive learning and to inspire her students to reach their goals within this industry.
Ms. Natasha just moved to Delaware from Pennsylvania. She is super excited to be a part of the Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology family. She has been working in the salon world as both a stylist and manager. Her transition into education has made her feel more fulfilled as a stylist and a person. Ms. Natasha is also a certified Creative Nail Design educator, and holds a Barber educator license endorsement. She takes everyday as a new adventure. She loves to be able to share the love and passion she has for cosmetology with all her students!
Ms. Amanda feels that she can’t really call what she does “work” because she loves what she does. She graduated from Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology in 2013 and began her career as a stylist at Beach Waves, a family salon in Lewes, DE. Being creative and having the ability to put a smile on a clients face is what she loves the most about being a stylist. Ms. Amanda feels knowledge is power and that continuing education is key in the success of her career. In 2015 she began a new journey within the industry and became an educator at Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology. She has said that it is an amazing feeling to have an impact on the success of a students future and being able to share her love for the industry, passing on knowledge, and watching students grow. In late 2016 she decided to return to Beach Waves full time. She is currently continuing her education and still holds a substitute position at Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology.
Ms. Katy is a graduate of Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology and has been in the industry for 9 years. She is from Bridgeville, Delaware and currently works at Beauty for Ashes in Laurel, Delaware. Ms. Katy feels the most rewarding part of being a Cosmetology educator is watching her students grow and learn how to be successful in their trade.
Lachhimi Hass Taylor
Lachhimi Taylor is a licensed esthetics instructor in the state of Delaware, as well as, a licensed practicing esthetician with the state of Maryland.
Lachhimi’s professional experience within the beauty industry gives her over seventeen years of growth, knowledge, and expertise.
Lachhimi’s path through the salon and spa industry has allowed her to play various roles. Starting at an entry level position, as a guest service representative, to a makeup artist, retail business specialist, esthetician, esthetics instructor, and a general manger are just a few of the many transitions she has made.
Her time as a guest service representative, allowed her to understand the importance of establishing rapport with not only clients but with the community as well.
This development gave Lachhimi the opportunity to advance as a lead makeup artist and retail business specialist, with Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas (Washington, DC).
Along with the service side, she also began to understand the challenges for technicians that struggled with selling retail or upgrading services. Acknowledging their concerns and daily encouragement of their achievements, increased sales and inturn advanced her into overseeing the retail sales and then management.
Lachhimi strongly believes in the importance to staying educated, being current, and always sharing knowledge. As an educator with the Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology, Lachhimi provided a wealth of knowledge that would assist graduating students to pass the sate mandated practical and written exams.
Lachhimi has been awarded by the readers of, “The Metropolitain Magazine”, ‘Best Esthetician’, 2013 and 2017. She has also been chosen ‘Best Esthetician’, from the readers of, “Coastal Style”, 2016 and 2017.
Lachhimi is also a member of the Advisory Board Committee for the Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology, and also serves as an Adjunct Instructor.
Lachhimi is a part of the management team and practices esthetics fulltime at About Faces Salon and Spa, in Salisbury, MD.