Our Team

The educators at Aveda Institute New Mexico are some of the most highly skilled, highly educated and experienced professionals in the business. However, they don’t rest on their laurels. All of our educators go through multifaceted yearly training to keep up with the latest techniques in cut, color, and leadership.

Our educators are masterful, but also personable. They have been known to volunteer time to help students with projects like fashion shows, field trips, donations, photo shoots, and community outreach. They are some of your first and most important relationships in the Aveda professional world, and they strive to develop those relationships to make learning impactful.

Dillon Spranley

Lead Cosmetology Instructor

Dillon has been with Aveda Institute New Mexico since May 2018. She Graduated from Aveda Institute Houston in 2006, and was an instructor at Aveda Institute New Orleans for 2 years, Dillon also taught at the Institute in Baton Rouge and Dallas and worked at Douglas J Aveda Institute in Chicago for 2 years.

Dillon is certified in Aveda Cut and Color Educator, Oster Clipper Certified, and Farouk Texture Smoother Educator. she has been with Aveda for 14 years, in salons specializing predominantly in cut, organized 3 hair shows, continued education classes, directing photo shoots, worked on set with a few interviews and has been teaching now for 9 years. Her passion has been with hair since she was 7 and enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures around the world, cooking vegetarian food and discovering new music. Dillon is a huge advocate for environmental awareness and animal rights.

“The beauty industry has so many routes it can take you. You can work 9-5 behind the chair doing the same haircut everyday if that’s what makes you happy or you can travel the world and be on stage as a platform artist. The possibilities are endless. Stay inspired and join this always evolving industry!” – Dillon Spranley

Emily Kohen

Lead Esthiology Instructor
 With an enthusiasm for education, we are excited to announce the addition of our newest educator Emily. Having worked in an Aveda salon for 9 years, it’s there that she discovered her passion for makeup, skincare and educating. During her free time, she enjoys reading comic books, belly dancing, going on walks with her husband and dog, Ichabod.

 “I believe learning never ends and continuing your education plays a crucial role in having a successful career in the beauty industry.” Said, Emily.

Emily has been licensed in cosmetology since 2008, and has sought after continuing her education ever since. Currently, she also holds an Aveda Freelance Artists Licsnece and has been a certified Aveda Spa educator since 2012.

Kristina Watts

Lead Barbering Instructor

Kristina has been with the Aveda Institute since March 2018 and is a licensed Master Barber and Cosmetology Instructor. She Became a Licensed Cosmetologists since 2013 and worked in A Salon before returning to school to take part in the Instructors Program. In 2015 she became a Licensed Instructor for Cosmetology. After successfully gaining two Licenses in the Hair industry, Kris was determined to add yet, another Title to her ever-growing List of Skills. In 2015 she completed the Crossover Barber Program and became a Master Barber.