Success Stories From Our Graduates


My never-ending education at International is quickly coming to an end and my transition to my dream career in Nashville.
  I wanted to take a moment to say “Thank You” for everything you have done for me! I appreciate every single ounce of advice, answered questions, kick in the bottom encouragements as I received a lot of those while I built my solid foundation you helped me create so that I am prepared and ready to go out into the world and soar high in my long awaited career.

I will not forget everyone who helped build my foundation from my relentless questions, to being a sponge and a leech to absorb as much as I possibly could as a student.

I cannot wait to get my career started in Nashville and to become an International Academy success story for future students!  Thank you ever so kindly.

  Lisa Dawson



Ernest Cummings, International Academy 2009 Graduate, Professional Cosmetologist

“International Academy is not just a school for me, they became my family.  Even when I visit as a graduate, I feel like I am visiting my family.  Since Graduation, I have been employed with Great Clips and love my career.  I am beginning Management training there and I owe it all to the training I received at International Academy.  They truly exceeded my expectations!”


Student5smCheryl Huston McConnell, International Academy 2005 Graduate, Professional Cosmetologist

Hair has always been a great passion of mine, and when I knew cosmetology was the career I wanted to pursue, I looked long and hard for a loyal school. I found the perfect one, International Academy! So, I packed up my bags from Chicago and moved down to Florida. I learned great skills in coloring and cutting and had lots of feed back from all of the great, knowledgeable teachers. I have now been doing hair for 5 years and am having great success!


Denise Lamb, International Academy 2001 Graduate, Owner Operator – The Loft, Cocoa Beach, FL (shown far right)

With the education I received from International I quickly advanced in the industry. After
studentgroupsm graduation I quickly surpassed colleagues in my salon and moved into management after six months. After only three years I was able to open my own salon which has been very successful. All of this has been possible because of International Academy!

Tara Lakin, International Academy 2001 Graduate, Owner Operator – The Loft, Cocoa Beach, FL (shown center)
After graduating from Intl Academy I went out into the real world of with such confidence and was ready for anything had to offer me. I started with Hair Cuttery and in 6 months became the manager. Several years later I opened my own salon with another Intl Academy grad and have successfully been in business over 4 years thanks to my fabulous   education, love and support from Mez and the entire staff at Intl Academy!

Amy Porter, International Academy 2005 Graduate, Professional Cosmetologist – The Loft, Cocoa Beach, FL – (shown far left)
I have no one else to Thank other then Mez and International Academy for my success today! After graduating I spent one year working for Hair Cuttery building a clientele and getting more experience. The skills I acquired at International gave me complete confidence and set me apart from many I’ve worked with! Since then I work alongside with my sister and other great girls, as a booth renter in our super cute and fun salon, The Loft. This is my career I absolutely Love my job, I’m able to support my family. Again thank you Mez and International for making my dream come true!


Student4smJennifer Idle, International Academy 2010 Graduate, Spa Specialist Polished Day Spa

Before I came to International Academy I was working a job that was both physically and mentally draining. I came to International Academy and fell in love with not only the facilities but also the staff. The teachers and administrators really care about their students and want them to succeed. The difference I found in this school vs. others was that at International we were like a family. I completed both the massage and skin programs and was prepared to go out into the real world. I graduated and obtained a great job in the same week. I chalk that up to the skills I learned at International Academy.



Tina Harris, International Academy 1997 Graduate, Professional Cosmetologist & Educator

Its about the journey…I graduated from Intl Academy with a strong foundation in cosmetology as a stylist and an educator now over 10years. I am proud to help cultivate and inspire the beauty within us all and visually express it to the world.


Student1smJennifer Judy, International Academy 2003 Graduate, Owner/Operator Beautiful Hair Color Studio/Spa

I graduated from Intl. Academy in 1993. Since then I have used the education I received there in my daily life. I am so grateful that I chose Intl. Academy and that they helped my career get off to a great start. Not only have I built a successful business but have a rewarding career. I continue to have a wonderful working relationship with Intl. Academy and they continue to help me succeed in the industry I love!!



Simone Weiss, International Academy 2000 Graduate, Owner Operator Simone’s Salon

“I escaped East Berlin Germany to the USA to follow my dreams. I discovered International Academy. It was the best decision I ever made! After graduating I have since bought my own salon and ran it for the past 10 years with 9 employees. I owe it all to International Academy for all their experience and training. I highly recommend this wonderful school for a life changing experience. Always follow your dreams!“


deb1smDebra Kresge, Debbie’s Day Spa-St. Augustine, Florida

“I have owned my spa and salon for 13 years in Florida. I was introduced to International Academy one year ago. During that time I have hired four graduates of the Academy. In my 18 years of experience in the beauty industry, I have found that the graduates of the International Academy demonstrate a superior knowledge of technical skills and a solid foundation of professionalism. I am proud to say that the International Academy has set a higher standard of learning for the beauty industry. Whenever I have an open position in my spa, I call the administrators at the International Academy for a referral of recent graduates. Of the interviews I’ve conducted with International’s graduates, I’ve hired every one of them. They have proven to be some of the best in the industry.”


sAllenSharon Allen Thigpen, Avant Guard Salon-Pensacola, Florida

“I searched for six months looking for a school where I could learn cosmetology and fully learn esthetics in the same place. When I finally found International Academy, I thought it was too good to be true. The Administration was so caring and attentive to anything that I needed to make my transition to Daytona and into school as easy as possible. Also, the facilities at International Academy are amazing! The equipment and products that we trained with are of the highest quality. The equipment in the school spa is more up-to-date and high-tech than many of the professional spas out there today. I feel like International Academy has thoroughly prepared me to be one of the best in the beauty industry!”


KirkRINGERsmKirk Ringer, Regis Salon Manager-Daytona Beach, Florida

“International Academy provided me with a strong educational and professional foundation in which I have been able to build upon. My goal has been to elevate myself and others to new levels of success and to show cosmetology graduates that anything is possible in our industry.”


Kerri1smKerri Cagle, Owner, Serenity Salon & Spa-St. Augustine, Florida

“I am now the proud owner of Serenity Salon & Spa an 1800 square foot facility in St. Augustine, Florida. I really owe all of this to International Academy for giving me the education that allowed me to make this dream come true.”


hennessySmPhilippe Hennessy, President of Cosmopro/Pevonia Group

“As a veteran to the skincare and spa industry, I have collaborated and worked with thousands of estheticians worldwide. Many of them have graduated from the International Academy in Daytona Beach and speak very highly of the stellar education they obtained. I believe this school is one of the leading educational facilities in the US.”



Dan Washburn, Great Clips. 36 Central Florida Locations

“We are proud to be associated with the International Academy. The International Academy is committed to high standards and is sincerely focused on preparing students to succeed in the field of cosmetology. We hire many students from many cosmetology schools and without exception the ones we hire from International Academy have the necessary skills to excel in today’s job market.”