Our Story

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.

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.

Our Mission

Metro Beauty Academy, LLC 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.

Our Team

Melissa

What kind of music are you listening to today?
I listen to a wide range of music. The only thing I can’t seem to get into in country music!

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by so many people, especially those who never give up on their dreams. Someone once told me if my dreams didn’t scare me they weren’t big enough, so I am all about dreaming big dream. I am surrounded by a lot different people who have experienced so many things throughout their life and each of them inspire me to be the best version of myself. I am lucky enough to have the best support system; my sister, my dad and my husband. They inspire me in ways they don’t even know and are constantly pushing me and encouraging me to grow. With their support and encouragement I know I can do anything.

Tell us why you chose to work in education?
I chose to work in education because for me it is the best of both worlds. I absolutely love the beauty industry and all that it stands for, but I knew from the beginning that I did not want to be behind the chair full time forever. I have always enjoyed helping people and now I get to help people achieve their goals and start their careers everyday.

Someday you would really like to…
Some day I would really like to… Travel! There is so much to see beyond the United States and I want to experience it all.

What do you like to do on your time off?
If I’m not visiting my family in New York, you can most likely find me at home on my days off. The older I get, the more I totally enjoy being a homebody! I like re-decorating my house and cooking so I spend a lot of time on pinterest trying to find new recipes to try out and home decor ideas.

Jill

What kind of music are you listening to today?
I’m listening to fleetwood mac radio / soft rock

Who or what inspires you?
Padme Amidala is my day one inspiration

Tell us why you chose Metro Beauty Academy?
I chose Metro because I believe in and love this industry, and I want potential students to know they are making the right choice not only by joining the industry but by joining metro.

Someday you would really like to…
Someday I’d like to work with Behind The Chair

What do you like to do on your time off?
When I’m not working, I like to thrift and play with my dog 🙂

Miss D

What kind of music are you listening to today?
Rock

Who or what inspires you?
My dad

Tell us why you chose to work in education?
I love teaching and inspiring others to reach their dreams and goals.

Someday you would really like to…
Someday I would really like to be a guest makeup artist on The Walking Dead show.

What do you like to do on your time off?
On my time off I like reading, traveling/ exploring new areas.

Miss G

What kind of music are you listening to today?

Country/rockabilly

Who or what inspires you?

People who work hard, stay humble, are kind, and know how to enjoy life.

Tell us why you chose to work in education?

I love helping people and sharing my passion with others, so for me, teaching has always been a part of my life.

Someday you would really like to…

Ride my motorcycle across the country.

What do you like to do on your time off?

I take my dogs on adventures, go hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, and ride my motorcycle to as many places as I can.

Miss Gemmell

What kind of music are you listening to today?
Depends on my mood, sometimes I enjoy jamming out to musical theater and show tunes, and other times, I like more of a folky type! Typically I listen to whatever is on and enjoy singing along

Who or what inspires you?
This industry and the constant changing and reinvention that is always in motion!

Tell us why you chose to work in education?
I chose to educate bc I love watching people learn and understand a topic and I really wanted to be the person so give that and change the new faces of this industry! I had amazing instructors myself who I admired greatly and who inspired me to be in this part of the field

Someday you would really like to…
Someday I would really like to travel the world and live in another county for a little bit to absorb the culture

What do you like to do on your time off?
On my time off, I spend it mostly with my family, either playing with our horses or kayaking or with my husband, hiking and playing video games!

Miss Moyer

What kind of music are you listening to today?

Country

Who or what inspires you?

My children

Tell us why you chose to work in education?

To inspire others in a career that I love

Tell us why you chose Metro Beauty Academy?

They are dedicated to giving the best education and inspiring students/each other to live their best lives.

Someday you would really like to…

Travel

What do you like to do on your time off?

Spend time with my kids And do anything outdoors.

Miss S

What kind of music are you listening to today?
The type of music I listen to is everything!! I grew up listening to all types of music genres!

Tell us why you chose to work in education?
I choose to work in education because I love helping people and being able to make a difference in the lives of others. Creating a positive impact is very important to me

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by staying motivated in everything I do! I believe always being motivated is the key to success! Never giving up! 🙂

Mr S

What kind of music are you listening to today?
“Low” by Toddrick Hall

Who or what inspires you?
My husband and his family

Tell us why you chose to work in education?
I wanted to be a teacher since I was a kid. When I discovered my career in beauty I said “If you’re going to be a bear be a grizzly” and went for my teaching license

Tell us why you chose Metro Beauty Academy?
I choose Metro Beauty Academy because I strive to be the best in my life and career so the answer was simple, work with the best….#metrobeautyacademy

Someday you would really like to…
Go on my honeymoon (2) retire and become a professional Lego builder

Mrs. Bennett

What kind of music are you listening to today?

Classic rock

Who or what inspires you?

My mom

Tell us why you chose to work in education?

I’ worked in the salon for 18 years and I always wanted to teach because I enjoy sharing my salon experience and passion with others.

Someday you would really like to…

Live on the beach

What do you like to do on your time off?

I love being outside when it’s warm

Mrs. Douglas

What kind of music are you listening to today?
I typically listen to Today’s Hits; but if I’m in need of a ‘pick me up’ or just in the mood for it, Disney music!

Who or what inspires you?
My mom inspires me. If I am half the friend, wife, or mother she is, I”ll be happy. She is so positive and always lives life to the fullest, confident that God will take care of all!

Tell us why you chose to work in education?
I have known since I was a little girl that I wanted to be a teacher. But being a cosmetology educator gives me the chance to help make the world even more beautiful, one stylist at a time!

Someday you would really like to…
Someday I would really like to travel cross country in an RV with my husband and visit all the major college football stadiums in the country, and of course be at each stadium for game day!!

What do you like to do on your time off?
On my time off I love to watch football, drink wine, and travel (especially Disney!)!!

Mrs Lowrie

What kind of music are you listening to today?

Podcasts or 90’s old school rap.

Who or what inspires you?

My grandmother, she grew up with nothing but made a fantastic life for her self. She was a seamstress and would create the most beautiful dresses, seeing her find beauty out of scraps made me see the beauty in everyday things.

Tell us why you chose to work in education?

I love inspiring people to embrace what they love. Seeing a student on the first day of class struggling with the movements and then seeing them on the last day of class excelling is amazing to me. In such a little amount of time a person can change who they are.

Tell us why you chose Metro Beauty Academy?

When I met some of the staff at Metro I knew instantly that it was the place for me. They were fun, obviously loved their jobs and wanted to come to work every day. Every single student was nice and welcoming. I instantly felt at ease, and continue to love Metro every day.

Someday you would really like to…

Take a year off and travel around the world. I want to see and experience new cultures, food, drinks, and people.

What do you like to do on your time off?

I love to kayak. Being on the water puts me at ease and allows me to spend time with and focus on my friends and family.

Mrs Meckes

What kind of music are you listening to today?
Country

Who or what inspires you?
Danielle Natoni

Tell us why you chose to work in education?
To inspire others

Someday you would really like to…
Skydiving

What do you like to do on your time off?
Take my kids on adventures

Mrs Rowe

What kind of music are you listening to today?

Everything! I love music! ​

Who or what inspires you?

My students inspire me everyday. Watching them learn and grow into amazing professionals ​is inspiring.

Tell us why you chose to work in education?

I was completely inspired by my own Cosmetology Teacher the very first day of Beauty School. I knew that I wanted to make a difference and pursue my Teaching License. Continuing Education is such a huge importance in the Cosmetology field so it was a natural transition into the teaching field. Education is my first passion in life.

Someday you would really like to…

Go to Paris and explore the Fashion & Beauty Industry​

What do you like to do on your time off?

Camping, Hiking, Tubing, Outdoor ​Activities, Traveling

Ms Heller

What kind of music are you listening to today?
Acoustic

Who or what inspires you?
My Children to be better everyday!

Tell us why you chose to work in education?
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion for our craft!

Tell us why you chose Metro Beauty Academy?
There is no other place I’d rather be!

Someday you would really like to…
Travel the world! Go to Italy

What do you like to do on your time off?
I love to do anything outside, learn new things and experience all the good things life has to offer!