Our Instructors

  • Bobbi Wagoner
    Bobbi Wagoner Owner/Director

    Bobbi Wagoner owner of The Strand Beauty Ventures LLC, which consist of Strand Institute of Beauty & Esthetics and The Strand Hair Designs. She has over 30 years experience in the beauty industry.

    Bobbi opened and started educating at Strand Institute of Beauty & Esthetics in September 2014, with a goal to better prepare the up coming students in the beauty industry with state board , practical knowledge, and salon professionalism.

    Prior to operating The Strand Institute ,Bobbi was operating her salon that she began in 1996. Working behind the chair and building a business for the last 20years, from 3 employees to a present total of 14 employees.

    Bobbi started working in her first salon in Miami , Fl., apprenticing and the n behind the chair for 10 years.

    Bobbi has dedicated many years serving on community boards. From the year 2001-2013 Bobbi was Secretary, Treasure, Vice ,resident, and President of Rockport Downtown Merchants an organization to support the local businesses in Rockport. She has also been a member of Rockport Chamber of Commerce from 2001-2013 & a member of Portland Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2016.

    Bobbi has also been a member of Aacs since 2013-2016.

    I am a HairStylist, Makeup Artist and Editorial Stylist out of Portland Texas. I specialize in Bridal Hair and Hair extensions but do everything from Haircolor and cuts to Editorial work. I work on location as well as at my salon located on 1018 Hwy 181, Portland Texas. I am very passionate about my work and love what I do. I started doing hair in 2000 and makeup shortly after in 2004.

  • LaToya Johnson
    LaToya Johnson Instructor

    LaToya Johnson believes success starts with knowledge. As an Esthetics Instructor, her primary purpose is to focus on preparing her students to enter and succeed in the Esthetics field. She continuously prepares them by passing on her knowledge and expertise. LaToya attended Del Mar College in 1999 where she received her Cosmetology license. In 2010, she attended Royal Beauty Careers where she received her Instructor license, and later joined the staff as a Cosmetology Instructor. After two years as a Cosmetology Instructor, she was promoted to the Esthetics department, which she found to be another passion of hers in this industry. She is Dermalogica trained and certified, and is also a member or the Cosmetology Educators Alliance. By attending multiple trade shows and classes, LaToya is able to stay abreast of the latest trends. She likes to incorporate her salon and spa experiences as teaching tools. When asked what she loves most about teaching, she will tell you: “It’s the satisfaction she feels when a student expresses their appreciation and when she is able to see them grow into a successful and talented Esthetician.

  • Linda Simpson
    Linda Simpson Instructor

    Linda Simpson received her cosmetology license in1975, from Penta county vocational high school in Ohio. In 1977 Mrs. Simpson received training from My Nail Inc. in Columbus Ohio. Mrs. Simpson moved to Texas in 1978 and practiced nails in Victoria Texas until she opened her own salon in 1983 located Victoria Texas, NAILS BY LINDA. Mrs. Simpson participated in a hand commercial for Estee Lauder in 1992. Mrs. Simpson has worked in Rockport for over 20 years as a nail technician. In 2012 she received her instructors license and substituted at Bella Beauty College . Linda has always felt she was meant to be an instructor because she loves doing nails and now has the opportunity to pass her years of training and knowledge on to others.

  • Michael Phillips
    Michael Phillips Instructor

    Michael found himself in the Coastal Bend area after spending 7 years in the industry in Dallas, Texas. He received training from top professionals at Toni & Guy and managed high volume stores during his 5 years there. He later received his Instructor’s license from the Aveda Institute (Dallas) and taught for Aveda before moving to Corpus Christi, Texas. It his is mission to help produce strong, confident, and skilled hairdressers. Outside of work, Michael is a self-described “beach bum”, spending much of his free time in the sand.