noun, [at-l-yey, at-l-yey; French atuhlyey]
 a workshop or studio, especially of an artist, artisan, or designer.

     Located right on Mainstreet in the heart of downtown Hopkins, Minnesota, The Atelier Academy is a boutique-style beauty school that benefits from both the diverse culture of the Twin Cities as well as the comfort of small-town Minnesota. Here, we can offer our students a hands-on education built on the most comprehensive cosmetology programs in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. 

Our clinic floor is open the the public, for anyone who wishes to receive hair, waxing, makeup or nail services. From highlights to luxury pedicures to airbrush makeup, our students offer a wide range of services. If you are interested in receiving salon services from one of our students, see our Guest Services menu.


A Better Beauty School

     The Atelier Academy of Beauty was founded by William Anderson, a local hairdressing legend and owner of the luxurious Lili Salon Spa in the Galleria. His vision was to break free from the traditional beauty school education and create an academy dedicated to furthering the craft of cosmetology in Minnesota. Of course, a school this rigorous would need to be small and nimble enough to offer a cutting-edge education that changes with the latest techniques and trends. To  achieve this, we partner with world-renowned brands like MoroccanOil, Wella, O.P.I., and Pivot Point, immersing students in the beauty industry with the best tools and essential product knowledge available.

Education and real-world success is the core commitment here. After teaching the essentials for a Minnesota cosmetology license, we go on to teach career-savvy skills that win top jobs: career searching and interviewing, effective consultations, and communication skills that build clientele. So far, every Atelier graduate has passed their cosmetology state board exams, and have accepted positions in top-rate  salons and spas.

Finally, we believe that  flexibility is key. Classes are maintained small enough so that teaching style, curriculum, and even the schedule, is adjusted for every student. There is no such thing as one perfect education, so we try to achieve the ideal education for each student.

Meet your new best friends.

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William Anderson


William has been in the salon industry for 35 years and counting. Before founding the Atelier Academy, he made a name for himself as a colorist in the Twin Cities, as he has colored an estimated 200,000+ heads. He’s also the founder and owner of Lili Salon Spa – Galleria.

cosmetology director

Michelle Poirier

Academy Director

As our school director, Michelle brings years of experience in all the operational sides of the beauty industry from salon ownership and management, administration, education and much, much more!

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Ashley Schletty


Ashley has been a stylist for over 10 years. An expert in both cut and color, she offers students the rare opportunity to receive an education that extends far beyond the essentials. She teaches cosmetology students as well as continuing education and advanced classes for working professionals who already hold a license.


Emily Stout


Emily’s pride is her ability to cater to individual student learning styles. A lifelong teacher, Emily loves to continue her own education and share trends from her years behind the chair.  Emily is a wonderful resource for our students when it comes to advanced techniques and real world preparation for this industry.

Lisa Popp


Lisa grew up in the cosmetology industry with her family’s business and lineage of hairdressers. Knowing the in’s and out’s of the salon, school and independent opportunities, students use her seasoned 20+ years experience daily. Developing student customer service skills and goal making allows students to set themselves apart when they are landing their career in this fast-paced, ever changing industry.

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Amanda Hansen


Amanda offers students an interactive approach to mastering the many talents of becoming a professional cosmetologist. Instructing in beauty schools for 6+ years, she brings experience from corporate photoshoots and film productions. After all these years, however, her greatest passion is cultivating new professionals in the beauty industry.


Jessica Solie


Jessica utilizes all the licenses the Board of Cosmetology has to offer in Minnesota – including an esthetician, cosmetology, instructors and manager’s license. She even is a Certified Massage Therapist! It all began with a PSEO Cosmetology program in high school where she fell in love with everything beauty. Her insights for our students at Atelier provide ample guidance for spa and salon services (she is a busy bee to guests when she isn’t instructing).

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Johneil Evans


Johneil has been in the cosmetology industry for 13+ years and offers a wealth of knowledge to our students. He maintains his manager’s and instructor’s license to do what he loves best. He enjoys sharing his passion for cutting all hair textures alongside relaxers, perming and colors. His patience and detailed delivery of information provides students with the “whys” and “hows” for each specific skill. He attributes his success from his family that has been in the industry supporting him from the beginning.

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