began her cosmetology career as a manicurist at the House of Nails in
Old Bridge, immediately after graduation. The 200 hours she acquired in
Ms. Bev's cosmetology class allowed her to take the licensing exam. She
eventually opened her own private manicuring space in 1990 in
conjunction with En Vogue Salon in Sayreville until 1993.
was married in 1995 and moved to Long Island where she had her daughter
Katelyn in 1996. She then decided in 1998 to change course and venture
into nursing and became a certified nursing assistant through the
American Red Cross. Michele worked in private duty and a nursing home
for the next ten years.
Michele returned to her roots in Old Bridge, no pun intended, where she
received her full cosmetology license at the Empire School in Eatontown
in 2010. Afterwards, Michelle went on to receive her certification to
teach cosmetology. She is currently residing in Ornigsburg,
Pennsylvania, where she is attending school to acquire her
aesthetician's license, while working at a salon in Allentown.
noted, "I don't think I would be where I am today without Collier HS.
It was the best decision my family ever made to send me there. I
learned a lot about myself and what I wanted to be." She went on to
encourage other alumni by saying, "that despite any obstacles in your
life, to remember to follow your dreams."