Opened in 2007, Metro Beauty Academy was created with one goal in mind: to produce the best, most skilled stylists in the beauty industry. Faced with a challenge to find qualified cosmetologists for his salon, owner Chad Schneider decided it was time to take matters into his own hands. Joining forces with local business investor Gary Menzies, the two built a brand new, state-of-the-art beauty school and wellness facility designed specifically with beauty in mind.
It wasn’t long before Metro Beauty Academy began expanding, adding programs in Esthetics and Educator Training. These courses fit in perfectly, solidifying Metro’s place as the premier beauty school in the Lehigh Valley. By 2011, less than five years after opening the custom-built facility, Metro had outgrown its capacity and an addition was put on the building. This new space allowed for the inclusion of a Massage Therapy program, as well as a Makeup Education Workshop.
Metro Beauty Academy continues to grow each and every day. Our goal is to help our students grow too.
Metro Beauty Academy aims to enhance the future of beauty and wellness through education by cultivating kind, professional, and skilled individuals who will contribute to and grow these industries while being positive influences in their communities.
Director of Massage Therapy / Instructor/Licensed Massage Therapist
Bringing her passion and excitement to Metro, Bethany has over 12 years of experience in Massage Therapy. A graduate from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in New York and of the Sport Injury Program at the Florida School of Massage, Bethany has over 20 continuing education credits most recently in Thai Yoga Massage and Craniosacral Therapy. While working at Metro, Bethany also maintains a small private practice. As the Director of Massage Therapy at Metro Beauty Academy, Bethany’s goal is to ensure students are receiving the best education.
A desire to share her passion with future stylists and follow her dream of becoming an educator is why Tiffany is part of the Metro team. As a lifelong learner, Tiffany holds an Associate’s Degree in Education, Studied Art Education at Kutztown University, and holds a Cosmetology and Educator Certification. Further, Tiffany has had the opportunity to study and network with professionals throughout the world while in London at the Vidal Sassoon Academy and in New York City at Wella Studios. Tiffany currently teaches Hair Cutting, Color, Nail and Skin Care and inspires students by teaching with a creative and innovative approach.
Cosmetology Instructor/Sebastian Urban Design Team/Stylist
Robert is a seasoned salon professional specializing in color, cutting, and the core fundamentals of education. As a Teacher, Educational Supervisor, and Sassoon Connection Cutting Leader, Robert’s remarkable commitment and enthusiasm motivates students to embrace their dreams. Robert actively works as a stylist at Excape Hair Design Studio. He is on the Sebastian Urban Design team and travels to salons to inspire and evoke the creativity of established stylists. Robert received national recognition by being honored with The Most Valuable Hair Dresser Award through Wella Corporation.
Cosmetology Instructor/Clinic Floor Supervisor/Wella Master Colorist
Sheila brings 27 years of salon experience and management to the Metro Team. From New York to California Sheila continuously travels in an effort to enhance her education. Sheila shares her technical skills with students and instills the importance of professionalism in the work place. As a Wella Master Colorist, Sassoon Colour Team Leader, and Clinic Floor Supervisor Sheila effortlessly blends fashion-forward trends with essential styling techniques.