Hello! My name is Yolanda Matthews-Porter (Mrs. MP) and I love teaching Cosmetology. I am a native Houstonian and an alumni of HISD as well as a graduate of HISD Cosmetology program. I am happily married to my loving husband and were enjoying raising our son.
I bring to the Guthrie Center over 25 years of expertise in the beauty industry. I am a graduate of North Harris College, San Jacinto College, Houston Community College and Franklin Beauty Institute just to name a few holding degrees in Cosmetology and Cosmetology Instructor Science. I am a board certified and licensed cosmetologist, licensed cosmetology instructor, licensed esthetician, certified hairweaving & braider and advanced certified makeup artist.
I have taught students in the private, public and college sectors. I am a published beauty professional in seven of Milady Standard Textbooks currently being used to teach students at private beauty institutes, community college and university cosmetology programs worldwide to become licensed professionals in their prospective fields of study in the beauty industry in 48 states and 13 countries. Currently, I am a new author, a teen success educator, a peer mentor/recovery coach, a cosmetology advocate/employment coach, a small business owner and a highly sought after beauty expert used as a panelist, ambassador, judge, speaker and reviewer on many projects in the industry.
I am a published recipient for my academic, leadership, volunteer and community work and achievements in The National Scholars Honor Society, The International Dean’s List Society, North Harris College Esthetics course “Most Productive Student Award”, North Harris College President’s List, Houston Community College Dean’s & Honors List, The Society Of Leadership & Success, The International Women’s Leadership Association, San Jacinto College Dean’s List and The Who’s Who Among Leaders, Business Owners & Entrepreneurs.
I am also an active member and affiliate in many organizations and associations. I am beauty ambassador and state captain for the largest beauty association in the U.S, PTA President of KIPP Academy, V. President of PTA at Evan E. Worthing High School, and Parliamentarian for the Evan E. Worthing Alumni Association. I am an active leader in ministry and the visionary of a single mothers, teen and women ministry that seeks to embrace, uplift, encourage and empower teens and women in many areas.
I believe that students learn best when you believe in them and they believe in you. My top priority is to ensure that all of my students not only gain the basic knowledge and understanding of a career in the industry but that they graduate exceeding current industry standards to become highly marketable and employable licensed professionals in their prospective fields of study.
I am determined to achieve greatness!