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.
  • Amber Fox - Director of Operations

    Redken Color Certified, Redken / Fuel Design Certified, Fuel Finishing Certified, Fuel Men's Design Certified, MUD Makeup Certified

    Amber joined The Salon Professional Academy/Shorewood team in July 2008. She has accrued 13 years of experience in the cosmetology industry with an array of advanced training and certifications that include: Certified make up artist in high fashion, film, photography and bridal, Redken Certified Colorist and Redken Design Certified. Amber's main goal as a leader and facilitator is to successfully mentor aspiring cosmetology professionals from their first day to their graduation day.
    Maintaining and fostering a supportive learning environment that promotes individual creativity is a key element towards reaching that goal.


    Joe Doti - Director of Admissions

    Joe has been with The Salon Professional Academy-Shorewood, IL for 6 years in the role of Admissions Director. Joe has over 20 years of sales & management experience.

    Professional Development Certified in:
    -Norton Norris Enroll Match Training by Dr. Jean Norris
    -All Dale Carnegie Workshops
    -Selling technique for improved sales
    -Sales advantage training
    -Small business management training
    -Matt Schmoker's Legacy Solutions Sales Training

    Joe's main goals as an Admission Director are to help student's change their lives and ultimately help them change this industry that is ever evolving!


    Michele Patchik - Financial Aid Officer

    Michele has over 20 years of experience working in the Financial Aid Department at various institutions of Higher Education. She has presented at local, state and national conferences on various aspects of financial aid and has also been a local trainer for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission Financial Aid workshops. Michele has knowledge in Federal and State Title IV Financial Aid rules and regulations and has been a VA School Certifying Official for 5 years. She has trained staff, created policy and procedures to help remain compliant and implemented financial literacy programs on college campuses.

    Michele's goals are to assist students in navigating the confusing and complex financial aid process. Also, to help students afford their education and help students graduate with the least amount of student loan debt possible.


    Jill Kaczmarek - Caauwe, Lead Educator

    Redken Color Certified, Fuel Finishing Certified, Fuel Men's Design Certified, MUD Makeup Certified

    Jill has been in the salon industry, and behind the chair for 14 years. She is The Salon Professional Academys Lead Educator and has been at the Academy for 10 years since grand opening. Jill is currently Redken Color certified and continues to further her education to be Design Certified as well. She is also a senior stylist at Images Hair Studio and has been working there since graduating cosmetology school in 2002.
    Jill prides herself in coaching and mentoring the students professionally and guiding them in the salon area through formulating color, doing trendy haircuts and also teaching them how to build their business. She is also a free lance make up artist specializing in bridal makeup and photography and has had her work published in local magazines.


    Ashley Kasai - Educator

    Redken Color Certified, Redken / Fuel Design Certified, Fuel Finishing Certified, Fuel Men's Design Certified, MUD Makeup Certified and Certified in Hidden Hair Extensions

    Ashley has been working at The Salon Professional Academy since 2011 but has been in the cosmetology industry since 2008. She has a strong backround in the KRS system which she practiced successfully in a salon for 5 years. She uses this to mentor and coach the students to build the most successful clientele possible. Ashley also on her free time has a passion for doing special occasions such as bridal hair and make up. She also maintains her education being a Redken Certified colorist and Fuel Design Certified.


    Christine Cryder - Educator

    Redken Color Certified, Fuel Finishing Certifed, Fuel Men's Design Certified, Certified in Hidden Hair Extensions

    Christine has been in the beauty industry since 2007 and an educator since 2011. She maintains a wide understanding of the varied aspects of the hair care industry including: student curriculum, salon operations, customer care, as well as the latest haircolor and haircutting trends. Christine is Redken Color Certified and is currently working towards Design certification.


    Laura Schwab - Educator

    Redken/Fuel Design Certified, Certified in Lox Extensions

    Laura has a strong background in team focused leadership, professional development, and communication. She has been working in the cosmetology industry since 2011 and has practiced and attended a variety of training in areas such as advanced haircutting, advanced hair coloring, Redken hair color, and hair extensions. Her passion for learning and coaching lead her to pursue her cosmetology educator license in 2015 and she has been teaching at TSPA since 2016. Laura enthusiastically utilizes modern teaching methodologies and technology, consistently updated knowledge of the latest trends in the beauty industry, and creates a positive and motivational environment to ensure each student at TSPA is provided with the knowledge and attitude to succeed in the cosmetology industry.


    Andrea Albor - Educator

    Andrea Albor has been in the industry since 2012. As a TSPA alumni, she furthered her education in a high-end salon afterwards. She has attended a series of training courses that involve testing out on a variety of different advanced techniques in haircutting, hair coloring and hairstyling. She attends more than the required amount of additional training courses needed per year to help further her education in the Cosmetology field. Andrea is a Certified Redken Specialist and has currently completed phase one of becoming Fuel/Redken Design Certified. She loves to stay up to date with all of the latest trends and she strongly believes that in this industry learning never stops. As an educator, Andrea is extremely passionate with helping other's reach their goals. She understands that life can sometimes be unfair and throw barriers at anyone any time. She loves coaching other's and creating a positive, genuine and open professional relationship with the students to help inspire students to be all that they can be in life and help them reach their goal of becoming a licensed Cosmetologist.


    Mallory Stewart - Educator

    Mallory Stewart has been in the beauty industry since 2004 and educating since 2012. She has worked at an array of different salons where she has attained a multitude of experience and education. These advanced courses include an 8 month precision haircutting coarse, advanced hair coloring techniques as well has advanced styling. She manages her own salon suite and continues to freelance. Mallory is an extremely passionate, caring and patient educator who truly loves to help her students succeed!


    Christine Bilek - Educator


    Abby Ellis - Educator


    Kylie Pucel - Lead Support Staff


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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.”

    • “The quality of education that a TSPA academy provides is beyond any beauty school I have ever experienced. What I value as a salon owner is when a TSPA student comes in for a position at our salon they are trained on the level system, understand the importance of retail, and most importantly, their skill level is exceptional. Here is the reality, it is important a graduating TSPA student understands the importance of not only how to sell retail but also how to sell themselves. The added benefit of the business-building education that TSPAs bring to the student is financial security.”

      Leah FreemanInternational Redken Artist, Salon Owner
    • “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