Sonia Baker-Johnston

Senior Lecturer

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Sonia Baker-Johnston hairdressing lecturer

Sonia Baker-Johnston


Senior Lecturer

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Sonia has been teaching hairdressing at MIT for twenty years, first as a full-time lecturer and for the last seven years as a part-time lecturer.

Sonia originally trained at David Sheary Hair Design, a large salon in Queen Street, Auckland. David then purchased a Rodney Wayne franchise, and the team moved to St Lukes.

Sonia has always had a very active role in Industry. She was nominated as a finalist for 'Tutor of the Year' and recently she was a finalist for 'Industry Assessor of the Year'. Sonia has also volunteered her time as a technical assistant with Worldskills. She was fortunate enough to travel the world with the organisation, along with a young team who competed (within their trades) against peers from all over the world.

Sonia has owned a very successful hair salon, but recently sold this to the Vivo Group. She has now opened a registered boutique salon at home where she spends half her time creating beautiful hair.

Why I love MIT

MIT allows me to support individual and cultural differences. It is important to me to be free from discrimination and embrace student diversity, but most of all allowing me to be dedicated to the success and aspirations of all students.

I am passionate with what I do and this reflects in my work with students.