THE NEXT LEVEL OF SALON PROFESSIONAL™ At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we believe that pursuing an education in the professional beauty industry is the first step to discovering a career filled with creativity and endless opportunity.  Our goal is to maximize your artistic potential through a program that teaches not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies.  TSPA’s quality education can significantly improve your earning potential and prepare you for a long-term future in the industry.

  • Our curriculum and training has been co-developed and continually updated with help from REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC. This ongoing collaboration translates to education that is some of the most relevant, trending and compelling in the industry.
  • Our approach to personal, hands-on training includes smaller class-sizes that enable more interaction and one-on-one time with educators.
  • We continually train and support the educators who instruct you in the skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career.
  • Our beautiful, innovative Academy locations provide a positive, real-world learning environment.
  • In addition to technical skills, TSPA develops your ability to grow clientele and bookings, increase retail sales, and build lasting guest relationships – abilities that put you in high demand with top salons.
  • We make the privately-held salons and spas, where incomes are highest, a target for placement.  Area salon and spa owners serve on our advisory boards and recruit from our school.  Additionally, we have relationships for placement with more than 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons across all 50 states.
  • Sandy Schaffer – Admissions Director

    Sandy knew for many years that she wanted to be a part of education in the cosmetology industry. She wanted to raise the bar on the education that was available and knew the TSPA would be the perfect fit. Sandy joined the TSPA team as an educator in 2005 after 6 years working behind the chair as a stylist. She became director of admissions in 2014.

    Sandy strives to be consistent, knowledgeable, and respectful. She works to have positive people surrounding her. “Life is short and there is enough hardship and negativity in our lives that I feel the more positive vibes I have in a day – the farther I will go.” Sandy takes pride in growing as a professional and is constantly attending advanced educational events. She feels strongly that in your personal and professional life you can never have enough education or positive reinforcement.

    Sandy was blessed with her daughter, Kenna, in 2007. In Sandy’s spare time she can be found spending time with family and spoiling her 3 nieces and nephew.


    Amy Mayer – Financial Aid Administrator

    Amy has been with The Salon Professional Academy since 2005 when she joined the team as a front desk sales team member. She transitioned into the Admissions role in 2007 and by 2009 she was trained in all aspects of Financial Aid. Amy’s background in cosmetology, passion for helping others, and attention to detail are what make her successful in many aspects of professional career.

    Amy is driven by doing what is right. She strives to provide the students’ accurate, detailed information regarding their specific financial needs while in school in order to allow them to make the best decisions for their future.

    Amy lives in Moorhead, MN with her husband, Eric, and their two daughters, Emelia and Cecelia. She loves spending time with her family, gardening, and enjoys a variety of crafts.


    Jamie Englund – Educator

    Dr. Englund has been a chiropractor for 14 years and has been teaching massage students for 8 years. His previous teaching experience, as well as his desire to continue his own education in order to provide students with relevant information to help them with professional and personal success made Jamie a perfect fit for the TSPA massage program.

    Jamie enjoys seeing students learn and grow as they progress thru the program. When asked what he wants The Academy students to say about his classes he said that he was knowledgeable & fair and that his classes prepared them for licensure as well as professional success.

    Jamie lives in Moorhead with his wife Kim. They have 3 children, Cody, Ty, and Kylie. Jamie’s hobbies include running, golf, and MN sports.


    Heather Leonard – Educator

    Heather joined the TSPA team in 2012, bringing with her 13 years of salon and business experience as well as 2 years’ experience as an educator. Heather believes that education is the foundation to a successful career. Because of that belief, becoming an educator has been a long time goal for her. Heather loves the variety of career paths the industry can provide for our graduates. She feels that it is rewarding to watch the students grow on a personal level and as professionals and strives to be remembered for making a positive impact in their education.
    Heather lives in Moorhead, MN with her son Elias. She likes to spend her time with Elias as well as biking thru the trails in Minnesota and cross country skiing.


    Mickey Moen – Educator

    Mickey has been with The Salon Professional Academy since it’s opening in 2003. Her experience as a salon owner, along with over 28 years’ behind the chair working as a stylist allows Mickey to provide a solid understanding of what it takes to be successful in the industry. Mickey knows that if you have someone that believes in you, you can achieve anything. She shares this belief with the students she mentors. Her kind heart and caring personality motivates others to keep reaching for their goals.

    Mickey has two daughters, Megan and Maddie, which are the light of her life. Mickey enjoys many activities but ultimately just treasures time spent time with friends and family.


    Reshia Nickles – Educator

    Reshia joined the TSPA team in 2012 with 25 years’ experience as a cosmetologist. She had a desire to “pay it forward” by sharing what she had learned over the course of her career. Reshia loves that each day is a new day that brings different experiences and new people into her life. She enjoys watching the students grow and seeing them implement the techniques they have been taught while in school.
    Reshia lives in West Fargo with her husband, Tony, their two children, McGwire and Mia, and their dog, Gypsey. She comes from a large family of 5 brothers and 4 sisters and was born and raised in Lennox, SD.


    Mona Radermacher – Educator

    Mona Radermacher has been a passionate hairdresser for over 27 years. Although continuing education has always been a vital part of her career, in 2004 she found her true calling in the industry - teaching.

    Having the chance to positively impact students on a daily basis and change their lives with creativity motivates Mona. She loves the opportunities that TSPA provides to both educators and students alike. One such opportunity was in 2012 when Mona became one of two Redken Certified Design and Color stylists in the state of North Dakota.

    Mona understands what it takes to be successful in the cosmetology industry and wants to be remembered for having a positive impact on her student’s lives and for pushing them to go further than they believed possible.

    Mona lives in Casselton with her husband of 29 years (Jeff) and their daughters, Breanna & Lacey and their son Cameron. Mona loves to camp, sew, and read; but her favorite pastime is spending time with her two young grandsons.


    Judi Roth – Educator

    Judi’s many years in the cosmetology industry are what brought her to TSPA in 2005. She loves making people feel happy and enjoys showing the students what she has learned during her career. Seeing the student’s enthusiasm when they learn something new is her favorite part of her role as an educator at TSPA. She takes pride in knowing that she is fair and honest to each student and that she holds them accountable and doesn’t let them “skip by”.

    Judi has lived in North Fargo for over 40 years. She has 2 adult children, Nicolynn & Vincent and one cat, Lego.


    Jennifer Staska – Educator

    Jenn joined the TSPA team in February of 2013 as a licensed massage therapist. Jenn truly believes in the benefits that massage has to offer, both physically and mentally. She enjoys watching the students grow and learn during their time at The Academy and says the best part of her career at TSPA has been when the students have an “ah-ha” moment when they really understand something new they learned.

    Jenn lives in West Fargo with her husband, Matt, their daughter, Stella and their two puppies. Jenn loves going to the lake, riding bike, golfing, and just spending time with Matt and Stella.


    Halsey Steen – Educator

    Halsey has been with The Salon Professional Academy since 2005. Prior to her career at TSPA, she worked as a stylist where she was also an in-house trainer. Halsey has a passion for education and sharing her knowledge. The creativity and making people feel better about themselves is what she loves most about the industry. Her journey at TSPA has provided her the opportunity to meet a variety of people who have inspired her to realize the potential that lies within each of us.

    Halsey lives in Fargo with her husband, Jeremy and their two cats. They are expecting their first child in February. Halsey and Jeremy enjoy spending their spare time playing in their band with her twin sister, Haley.


    Michelle Tranby – Educator

    Michelle brings 15 years’ experience as a licensed massage therapist to The Academy education team. Her interest in sports massage drove her to become a certified sports therapist 12 years ago, a certification she uses on a regular basis. Michelle is committed to helping and educating others. From the students in class to the guests that visit The Academy, Michelle is ensures that education is the cornerstone of each service performed. She is continues to push herself and TSPA alumni to reach for continuing education opportunities on both established and new techniques.

    Michelle lives in Moorhead with her husband Tim and their two children, Madison and Kaden. Michelle enjoys spending time at the lake, shopping, and traveling.


    Kathy Fermoyle – Lead Front Desk Sales Coordinator

    Kathy brings over 15 years’ guest service experience to The Salon Professional Academy team. Her professional background includes co-salon owner as well as front desk sales. Kathy loves to coach and mentor students to help them grow to reach their full potential.

    Kathy’s experiences allow her provide a 5 star experience to every student and guest who enters The Academy. Kathy believes that the keys to success can be found by simply treating everyone with respect and being kind and understanding. Kathy understands the importance of goal setting and shares the “why” with the students to help them better understand the big picture of salon life.

    Kathy was born and raised in Fargo. She has 3 children (Tara, Amber, and Cody) who are all over 18. Kathy loves to spend time at the lake, riding motorcycles, traveling, shopping and spending time with family and friends.


    Anna Joyce - Recruiter/Educator

    Joining the TSPA Fargo team in April of 2015, Anna will be applying her talents to the dual roles of Educator and Recruiter. Working as a licensed cosmetologist since 2009, Anna developed a very loyal clientele in the Twin Cities that she still takes care of on her once-a-month commute. Anna has had a passion for doing hair since the days of braiding her American Girl Doll "Samantha’s" hair as a little girl. Over the years she has learned that this industry is not just about pretty curls and a great haircut; it is about building a business, building client relationships, and retention of those clients who eventually become friends. She is excited to be able to share these things with students, as well as, share with potential students all of the different paths that this industry can take you on!


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    Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry.  Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned.  The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.

    Redken Diamond Academy

    This exclusive award is earned for the commitment to, and delivery of, Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards. This recognition can only be earned by successfully completing a rigorous examination of the Academy’s facility, systems, curriculum, and staff.

    Recognized By Redken For Excellence In Education.

    With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”

    • I'm a TSPA graduate, I work in a upscale salon in Fargo, North Dakota. At TSPA they taught us how to market and retail ourselves really well so we could stay busy behind the chair. With TSPA being a REDKEN endorsed school we always had education about product knowledge and the color lines so I felt very comfortable getting out into the styling area. TSPA helped me gain confidence in myself and my skills with all the real world experience being on the salon floor. If I could describe TSPA in one word I would say FUN! Because while you're always learning and always being profession there is always fun to be had! I have no doubt that I made the right decision for my education and for my career.

      Johnna EisenzimmerHair Success Salon & Spa
    • “To have a passion in life is one of the strongest emotions we can have, to experience it every day is a gift, and to earn our living doing it is the blessing only few of us discover… hairdressing for me is all of the above. If being a salon professional is your dream then realize it in the capable hands of the Educators at The Salon Professional Academy, recognized by Redken 5th Avenue NYC. It’s the place to be to learn what you need to enable you to live better and earn better. You will leave school with intense enthusiasm, continued support and a stronger passion for one of the best professions that can take you to where you want to be.”

      Kris SorbieRedken Education Artistic Director and President Kris Sorbie LLC, NYC
    • “Being that the TSPA academy is a Redken recognized academy, I believe that the principles that make Redken a huge success in education are easy to recognize when you’re experiencing the academy. I'm excited to see what we will witness in our profession in the near future because I know that the principles I've learned have changed my career and life. Now, seeing our youth start with these skills is very exciting to see unfold. The quality that a TSPA academy creates is a salon professional that is more technically skilled and is more career-focused, over all a better professional ready out of school.”

      Hugo UriasRedken Artist, FUEL Facilitator, Hairdresser for 20 years
    • “I have been working with the educators at TSPA for many years. The difference is in the educators. They say… ‘the bigger the party, the more people show up.’ TSPA schools attract passionate, committed professionals who love teaching others what they've learned. You can feel their commitment in everything they do and that translates to the TSPA graduate in more confidence, better skill retention, and at the end of the day - more earning power.”

      Scot ShermanFormer Redken Artist, Salon Owner
    • “The combination of strong technical skills and unique business building essentials make TSPA one of the top education facilities in the country. Students are provided the opportunity to gain skill excellence from amazing instructors as well as internationally recognized guest artists from across the country. When students graduate from TSPA they are fueled with a skill set to build a solid foundation behind the chair.”

      Ryan MorganRedken Artist, Redken Exchange Facilitator
    • “Exclusive training and unforgettable moments are in store for the student that attends The Salon Professional Academy. [They] offer top-notch education that will create healthy habits early on in your career behind the chair, as well as, more money in your wallet for the rest of your life. The point of difference with TSPA is this: While you are building your technical skill, you aren’t just learning to pass the State Board exams, you are learning how to build, run and grow a business.”

      Jayson MorganRedken Certified Designer & Colorist, Salon Owner
    • “Beauty schools are a great way for students to learn practical cosmetology skills while simultaneously preparing themselves for a rewarding career path and there is only one that I recommend and that is The Salon Professional Academy. In today’s world of cosmetology schools there is no better school that trains a student for the salon community then TSPA. TSPA schools teach technical skills, as well as solid business skills to support any salon, as the school atmosphere is professional and conducive to the achievement of excellence by student and faculty alike based on learner-focused education. The educators at TSPA find the knowledge and guidance to prepare a cosmetology student for a long successful future in the cosmetology field. The staff and management of TSPA schools instill the student with confidence to succeed in the professional salon industry.”

      Sam VillaRedken Education Artistic Director, Platform Artist
    • “I am thoroughly impressed by the well-rounded skills of the students that The Salon Professional Academy provides our industry. And as an owner, it is refreshing to hire students that are so well prepared.”

      Phil LeeRedken Educator, Salon Owner
    • “TSPA is undoubtedly the finest and most thorough academy for coaching and grooming the hairdressers of tomorrow! By not only learning your new hair skills from the industry's best, most experienced instructors, but also how to combine them with essential business strategies, you will be fully prepared for success!”

      Kenny BerkRedken Artist, 35 years industry experience
    • “I believe the Salon Professional Academies are some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and [their] curriculum stands out; providing their students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.”

      Patrick ParentyPresident L’Oréal Professional Products Division, USA
    • The decision on choosing the correct academy to fast track your hairdressing career can be ominous. I think that means hard! LOL. Seriously, as the Artistic Director for Redken, President of Fuel Education and hairdresser for 47 years, I’ve traveled the world, taught and performed in 27 different countries. There is one common thing in the hairdressing industry… your “Learning to Earning” ratio. Simply put, the more you learn and the higher the quality of your learning – the more you earn.
      TSPA is affiliated with education-centric companies like Redken and Fuel Education Systems that train and help to produce the finest TSPA educators with the highest standards of education in the industry – bar none. How does that affect you? The best educators produce the best students. Salon owners want graduates who are salon-area ready with minimal post-academy training.

      TSPA understands your need to be grounded in the Principles of Design, Finish and Color upon entering your first salon. They help ground you in those principles and ready you for that position behind the chair; and TSPA has one of the highest rates of job placement …and after all that is the point, isn’t it

      Chris BaranEducation Artistic Director - Redken
    • As an educator for Redken (and as a working hairdresser), I have trained and worked with thousands of hairdressers in salons and schools all over the nation. No matter where I am, I can always tell a "TSPA" graduate because they are consistently one step ahead of their peers - in skills, professionalism, and customer service.

      Jesse LinaresRedken Artist, Artistic Director - The Studio by Studio Gaven