Meet Kerri Schultz, An Owner of TSPA Fort Wayne!

In January 2018, The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Fort Wayne welcomed a third partner into our family. Kerri Schultz joined us after years of experience in the beauty industry and even more relevant experience as a part of the TSPA Evansville family. We are so excited that she decided to join Cheryl and Aimee in their quest to create a beauty school with a well-known history and a culture admired by everyone!

Kerri has been in the beauty field for a long time, and this is her story.

Kerri’s License History

Kerri has come a long way since her first beauty school graduation. You could say we’re impressed by how much she has accomplished in her years.

“I graduated cosmetology school 27 years ago. Then, I pursued more education by getting my esthetician’s license and instructor’s license at TSPA Evansville. I graduated from there in 2009! I’ve been a lead instructor at TSPA Evansville for about 10 years.”

We believe that she is the prime example of someone who understands how important an education is to the beauty industry. In this field, you can never stop learning, and pursuing additional programs, classes, and courses will benefit you in a variety of ways.

One of TSPA Fort Wayne's owners, Kerri Schultz.

Her Journey from Lead Instructor to Partner

“It’s been crazy! I’ve always wanted this. I love this industry. It’s all about elevating what we provide. It’s been a dream since early on since I started educating. To be able to run my own school. I’ve been a trainer for Salon Professional Education Company (SPEC) for the last two years, and that’s how I met Aimee and Cheryl. I met them at a SPEC training. I become their trainer and got to know them really well. I told them I wanted to partner. I have been with them since the beginning.”

Our established relationship was a driving factor in bringing Kerri into our family fold, and we are so happy that we did! We believe the things she brings to the table as an established instructor, beauty school alumni, and trainer improve the lives of all of our students.

Inspiration Around Every Corner

We asked Kerri to share what she finds inspiring. In our field, you can find inspiration in the everyday. From magazines to billboards, to things that appear selfless like the way someone else learns, beauty professionals have a knack for drawing creativity from every corner.

“Making a difference. Helping someone help realize what their potential and dream.”

Kerri’s drive to help others is what makes her so great at her job. We can’t imagine bringing anyone else onto our team. People who are inspired by others’ accomplishments bring a sense of community and love of learning to our classrooms.

Why Kerri Loves Her Job

“It’s the students. Getting to see them grow and inspire each other. Being able to relate to each of them because we all on the same boat.”

The advantage that Kerri brings to the table that many other owners might not is her own personal experiences. As an owner who has gone through beauty school herself, she knows what the day to day is like for our students. She can help them see the light and the end of the tunnel. She can push them to be successful and have the desire to achieve success.

What Kerri Loves About TSPA Fort Wayne

Some people may believe that all beauty schools provide the same things to their students. We strongly disagree. We know that we are different because we are a different set of owners and a different team of staff members. Our students are unique and we want to provide them an education that makes them feel fulfilled. We asked Kerri what she believes makes TSPA Fort Wayne different.

“We are developing salon ready professionals, it’s the business aspect. We teach people how to grow a business and give them CURRENT technical skills. It’s not just about creating beautiful looks. It’s more than that.”

Love Your Education!

Do you want the opportunity to learn from someone like Kerri? Check out our programs! Our team would be more than happy to help you decide if beauty school is right for you and even walk you through the enrollment process for our school. Become inspired! Contact us today!

Check Out Our Other Owners’ Stories

Read Cheryl Livingston’s Story
Read Aimee Black’s Story

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Say Hi to Cheryl Livingston, Joint Owner of TSPA Fort Wayne

The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Fort Wayne is one of the newest beauty schools in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. Run by three amazing women with decades of experience in the beauty industry. We were able to sit down with Cheryl Livingston to ask her about what got her started, and what led her to be a joint-owner of her own TSPA school. Discover for yourself how her passions could transfer into your education.

meet Cheryl Livingston

Where Her Passion Began

Cheryl began her cosmetology education back when concurrent enrollment through high school was still possible. She was able to take beauty school courses while still attending high-school during the day, thereby completing her hours for licensure the same time as her peers were completing high school. This immediately launched her into a career that has spanned over 43 years.
From managing corporate salon locations to spending time at a chair in a boutique, Cheryl has done it all, honing her skills and gleaning technique from the businesses she has represented. Using the skills she learned from years before, she opened her own salon, The Loft: hair, skin, nails which is located just down the street from her TSPA school.
It was in those years of learning, and in owning her own salon, that she became aware of a gap in the education of beauty students in her area and felt a desire to fill it.

Where Her Love Lies

While running her salon, The Loft: hair, skin, nails, Cheryl started to see some of her new team members come in without many of the business skills that she liked to see as a salon owner. She began providing an additional 9 month training program to her new hires, utilizing the Summit Salon Business System. This helped to fill in some of the gaps in their education and created a well-rounded team member. While doing this, her new hires, as well as her current team members, began to blossom and grow, developing a strong confidence that led them toward obtaining the “keys to success.”
It was in those moments of teaching and mentoring that she began to find a deeper passion beyond cosmetology, a passion that grew from the most unconventional places.


Where Her Strength Comes From

548865_10151081480054275_94503258_nA two-time breast cancer survivor of over twenty years, Cheryl first started to feel that passion for mentoring when she was fighting her own fight, realizing that the willingness to succeed was in all of us. As she came out victorious in her own battles, she carried on that battle cry, sharing those tools of strength to all of her students, allowing them to grow above their own trials.
All those fights, however, are not without some moments of calm.

Where Her Hope Grows

Cheryl is a lover of beaches, something that is far away in her home of Indiana. Luckily, painting can go everywhere; which is another of her passions. While she loves to create beautiful things with paint, her favorite will always be creating masterpieces with hair; something that she continues to share with her students and hopes to for years to come.

meet Cheryl Livingston

Cheryl is a strong professional with the skills and knowledge that only comes with decades of experience. It is her willingness to share and spread that knowledge that makes her such an asset, not only for her school, but for the students she has committed to. Do you want to meet the woman who continues to inspire? Come in for a tour!


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