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Bella Elite is an Exlusive Beauty Academy located in Lethbridge, AB

Welcome to Bella Elite Beauty and Barber Academy

Your Future Through High Quality Beauty Education

Kayla Reyes
Owner and Academy Director

Having been born into a family saturated by the industry, Kayla has throughout her life, been poised to embark on a monumental journey into beauty. In this life she has had experiences working with some of the top educators, artists, technical advisers and leaders in the industry.

Kayla has owned and managed a Beauty Salon, as well as worked and volunteered in other Beauty Academies.  These experiences paired with her inherent talent to motivate, have given her the insight with which she is able to deeply inspire the people around her. This inspiration, along with her determination and hard work ethic has ensured that her path has opened up to include a journey and venture into the realm of elite beauty education. Kayla has had formal and abstract education in the beauty industry her whole life.  And upon reflection into what she saw from this participation, felt that she was able to fill a niche in our ever growing industry.

Kayla’s commitment to her students is a profound one, where having an inclusive, open minded environment and pledge to excellence are everyday occurrences.

Lorna Piraux
Education Director
Lead Educator: Beginner Program and Theory

Lorna has been a stylist since 1973, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our students. Lorna has been an educator in Cosmetology for over 10 years in British Columbia and Alberta, she has been a Salon Owner as well as manager of several salons across Central and Northern Alberta for 18+ years. Lorna has her National Association of Career College Instructor for Development Program/teaching in Private Colleges, Designing Instructor for Adult Education with her IDP  101, 102 & 103 Assessment and Evaluation. Some of Lorna’s attributes that she has achieved over the years: Educator in Joico, certified in Paul Mitchell colors/cuts, certified in Wella products and color.

Lorna is a kind and patient person who takes pride in seeing her students succeed. She is always excited to pass on her passion and high quality expertise to her students.

Shane Carroll
Marketing Director
Lead Educator: Advanced Make-Up

Throughout his 20 years in the beauty industry, Shane was taught to hone and strengthen his skills by some of the finest educators, artisans and creative authorities in make-up, hair, fashion, media production, music, and the graphic and fine art schools of thought. His well-rounded education was not only one of abstract concepts, and concrete foundational knowledge, but also that of hard work and perseverance.  He has many fond memories of work with cosmetic companies, dramatic productions, salons, media events, musicians, the entertainment industry and artists from all walks of life.

Having worked in many creative environments, his passion to convey an exquisite pageant of imagery is seen in many mediums. He has worked as a creative platform hair stylist, an industry Make-Up Artist for many major players in the cosmetic industry, as freelance Make-Up Artist for runway and print, and as a personal Make-Up Artist for many celebrities. He is also a graphic artist and consultant, imaging re-touch artist, multimedia production designer, and event manager. He also cherishes his involvement and contributions to the fashion industry and its many counterparts. Whilst not everyone has the same emotional response or reaction to his work, Shane’s life work is to provoke a distinct experience.

Vicky Scott
Lead Educator: Esthetics & Advanced Men's Cutting
Educator: Intermediate Program & Examination

Vicky has been an active, successful stylist for 28 years and has been instructing for 19 of those years.  

She has taught all aspects of Cosmetology, developed course material and graded practical and theory work at the high school, college and beauty academy levels.

As an instructor she is very encouraging and motivating.  She has an ability to teach others in a way that brings out the best in them.  Vicky loves to see the aha moment in her students as they grasp a new skill or concept.

Through Vicky's journey she has gained advanced training in coloring and cutting through such companies as: Matrix, ISO, Scruples, and American Crew.

Vicky is excited to bring her years of experience to the Bella Elite Beauty Academy and looks forward to working with our team and students. 

Stephanie May
Lead Educator: Color Department/Salon Floor

Color! Stephanie brings 13 years of experience to the Bella Elite team. And even with her busy teaching schedule still holds a full clientele. With her love for hair and expertise and passion for color, she brings a fresh and new perspective to students and her fellow educators every day.

Having used many color lines and different techniques over the years has given Stephanie an edge like no other. The color lines that she uses are greatly extensive with a specialization and expert level with the Joico line. Teaching has been an evolution for Stephanie and she finds great passion and pride in working with her students. Whom she lovingly calls her "Baby Hairstylists." Her passion stems from the love of sharing information, the love of the industry and the moments she can see her students understand the concepts of hair and the strong bonded relationships with their clients.

Of course her greatest inspiration in life is her nine year old daughter. She's also a huge Harry Potter fan! We are so happy to have her here as part of the Elite Team.

Denise Curtis
Educator: Color Department/Salon Floor 

With over 30 years of experience, a positive attitude and an amazing work ethic, Denise brings a unique perspective and wonderful vibe to her position on the Salon Floor. A love for beauty and what it can do for clients brought Denise to the Bella Elite team. Her love for education and working with students is a passion that aligns her with our values.

Having spent almost a decade in Salon Management with numerous opportunities to partake in advanced color and cutting courses has allowed Denise to hone her skills in an ever evolving industry with fast paced and vibrant environments. She even spent a spell in Australia.

Having a robust family life with children and grandchildren is a passionate and wonderful part of her life. Her family extends to the Bella Elite team and her students everyday. She loves to travel and spend leisure time on the golf course, among many other things.

We are truly happy to have Denise as part of our team.  She is excited everyday to help challenge, motivate and teach our students.

Kristi Parker
Educator: Color Department/Salon Floor

With 30 years in the industry, Kristi has worked in Salons across Canada and the United States. Early in her career she spent time working closely with a modelling agency, teen pageants, as well as fashion shows.

In Idaho, she expanded her skills by attending theatrical make-up and lighting courses while working at a salon nearby. Later in Washington she earned her State cosmetology license and worked there and other States while raising her family of six amazing daughters. Kristi feels it’s been a privilege to have had so many opportunities, and to work in these capacities.

Kristi is very kind hearted and talented. She gets along easily with others and her sense of humor and helpful techniques make the learning experience fun. She loves watching confidence grow as she encourages the incredible abilities within her students. Kristi’s strong work ethic, excitement for learning, along with the contagious attitude that "Believing in Yourself is Half the Battle to Success”; make her a strong asset to our elite team of educators.

Christine Westbrook

With many years of operational reception experience, Christine brings a unique and fresh perspective on all of her activities in Bella Elite's front end. With this experience she brings a smile and a knowledge few have of the dedication it takes to manage all of our students, clients and faculty. She seamlessly organizes our interviews, appointments and schedules all while accommodating all of our clients needs.

Christine's humor and wit are reflected in her passion for her work. She loves to see what our students can accomplish with determination, and always loves to hear about how they are doing once they move on into the industry. Her love for the industry, the products and the people are of course ever inspired by her family.

With a zest for meeting new people, learning new things and engaging with everyone around her, Christine is indeed a valued member of our faculty. You can find her either running around to coordinate schedules or managing the front reception area. She is always the welcome smile we've come to expect as we come through to Bella Elite Beauty.


Guest Educators

An Elite Team of Masters that we host to bring an
additional skillful experience to the Academy

Arey Kadir

Master Barber
One of the best in the industry. Arey comes to us
 from Calgary, where he owns and operates 1st Ave Barbers. He teaches Expert Fades and Precision Cuts.

Antonio Reyes

Master Barber
Tony comes to us from Costa Rica to teach
Advanced Barber Cuts, Hot Shaving and
Men's Grooming.