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Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Cooke
276-988-2529 x 1722
Sarah Cooke has been doing hair since she was able to stand behind the chair and make art using hair design. She started having an interest in hair design at the age of 5. Cosmetology at Tazewell County Career and Technical Center called her name and she joined Mr. Lonnie Quesenberry's class. Typically 1st year students practice class in the morning, however with her skills already present, she was soon moved to the evening class with the more advanced students. She became an active member in SkillsUSA where she became the PM TCCTC President and the President of SkillsUSA District 8. In Sarah's senior year she began competitions in hair contests through SkillsUSA. After winning her district and state contest she went on to represent the state of Virginia in the SkillsUSA National Contest in Kansas City, Kansas. She placed 5th in the Nation in cosmetology in 2007.
After graduating top of her class in cosmetology, Sarah continued her internship she had started a year before with her Instructor. She worked in a salon doing booth rent for a couple years. She explored several different hair career paths including being a chain-salon stylist, a judge at every SkillsUSA state cosmetology contest and a salon assistant manager until she decided to start her own salon in 2011. She opened the doors to Rock Paper Scissors in Tazewell in August and soon had several busy stylists working for her in her very successful salon, her former instructor being one of them. Sarah decided after 4 years that it was time to expand and grow her business. She opened a bigger salon next door to her small salon. She grew to double the number of stylists.
After a couple years, and long and many hours behind the chair, she became bored of the busy stylist life. She found the need and want to educate young stylists struggling through their early career. When the opportunity presented itself she applied to the Tazewell County Career and Technical Center to become a Cosmetology Instructor. After a rigorous interview process she was given the chance to teach in the same classroom she started in. She now strives to inspire the students who are in the same shoes she was once in. Sarah now owns Razor salon in Tazewell, she considers it a hidden gem because she does not take any new clients except her already established ones and her friends.
Ms. Annastachia Hill

276-988-2529 Ext.1722


Annastachia Hill attended cosmetology school at Tazewell County Career and Technical Center. A proud alumna, she is delighted to be working at the school that helped launch her career.  Ms. Hill started her professional cosmetology career in the summer of 2006 at SmartStyle in Pounding Mill, Virginia. Then she went on to have her own salon for seven years. Needing a change, she decided that booth rental was the right option for her and moved to Nashville, T.N. In Nashville, she served as the assistant manager at a salon named Great Clips. Hill then returned to her hometown of Tazewell, Virginia, and went back to booth renting with her co-worker at TCCTC, Sarah Cooke. After school hours she can be found most of the time at Razor Salon in Tazewell, Virginia.

Hill started with the school system as a long-term sub on November 30, 2020.  She joined TCCTC cosmetology teacher, Sarah Cooke. She enjoyed working as a long-term substitute and was called the week after the end of the 2020-2021 school year to come back to long-term sub for cosmetology again. She quickly said yes. That long-term position turned into a career. It is so rewarding teaching the students what I’ve learned in school along with everything I have learned along my journey,” said Hill. 

Beauty Salon Assistant
A course designed to teach students in a clinical lab setting, students learn practical and manipulative skills with an emphasis on safety and sanitation, shampooing and conditioning, retailing, inventory control, and receptionist work. Competency completions allow students a certificate for entry-level employment.

A course designed to prepare students in the study of hair, skin, and nails and their related care, students prepare in a clinical lab setting, using mannequins and live models for manipulative skill practice with an emphasis on safety, sanitation, communication, and management skills. Related areas of study include psychology, ethics, and presentation of a professional image. Students who successfully complete this program sequence will be prepared to take and pass the Virginia Board of Cosmetology licensing exam. Students must log at least 840 clinical hours.