Why is Headlines Academy on of the best schools in the region? The staff and instructors absolutely love what they do! Combined with decades of experience, the Headlines team have created an environment where learning is not only easy, but loads of fun. Remember, they've all been where you are now, and know the best paths to creating a lasting and lucrative career for every one of their students. Contact one of our admissions professional today and see how easy it is to get started!

Peggy Sproat



Peggy Sproat is President of Headlines Academy. She proudly graduated from the school in 1990. While attending Headlines, she worked in a number of salons and local beauty distributors after school, until being offered a position in 1997. She purchased the school from Patty Danielson in 1999, and gives thanks to God everyday for the amazing opportunity to give other people a chance to experience such rewarding careers. She is a Nuts and Bolts Team Leader and teaches product knowledge in the core classroom.

I take a lot of pride in our new location, and all the improvements we have made to keep our education on the cutting edge. Come see all that we have to offer! You will be impressed too!

Cricket Rick



Cricket Rick was born and raised in a small town in North Dakota. She dreamed of making her passion for hair and beauty a career, so she attended Josef’s School of Hair Design in Bismarck, graduating in 1991. She has owned and operated several salons in the region – including booth spaces. She also managed Regis salons on the west coast. Cricket’s love for education led her to focus on platform work and salon training during the early to mid-90's. This love for Cosmetology brought Cricket to Headlines Academy in October 2013—where she not only teaches students how to cut and bend hair, but about life in general. “Having an open door and listening is very important,” she says. Cricket enjoys everything about the Black Hills – and in her free time, she can be found mountain biking, hiking, and working out at the gym. She feels incredibly grateful for the second home she’s found at Headlines Academy. “I love everything about my Headlines family,” she says. “This is where I was meant to be.”

I feel very special when students come to me to talk, whether it’s about an amazing haircut they just performed; how nervous they are about a test; or even how to handle a personal life situation.

Kelli Selbach



Kelli comes to us from Nevada, she studied and graduated from massage therapy in 2002. She earned her degree in reflexology, shiatsu and cranial sacral therapy. She has been practicing massage in Rapid City since she moved here in 2002. She particularly enjoys teaching the integrative therapies to the students in the massage program. She takes great joy in seeing the students grow with knowledge of hands on therapies to help the students achieve their goals in the profession.

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Nichole Finch



Nichole is a 2003 Headlines Academy graduate. After graduation she worked at Great Clips and JC Penney Salons before becoming an instructor in 2007. She has product knowledge in Lanza, Redken, and Matrix, is certified in microdermabrasion and is also a Nuts and Bolts Team leader. Mainly teaching in the Core classroom, Nichole loves coming to work and says the best part of her job is watching the students grow from beginning to end and loves to see them light up when they finally get that one haircut.

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Maryann Sharp



Maryann Sharp comes to Headlines Academy from Daytona Beach, FL. She moved here in 2013 with her husband, who is in the U.S. Air Force. Back home in Daytona Beach, Maryann attended International Academy, where she studied Esthetics and Nails. She also worked at a four-diamond spa called Daytona Beach Shores Resort and Spa. In 2013, after moving to Rapid City, Maryann continued her education by studying Cosmetology at Headlines Academy. She was hired in April 2015 to spearhead the Esthetics program at Headlines. Now, Maryann enjoys working as a clinic floor instructor for Cosmetology and Esthetics. “It’s extremely fulfilling to see something they’ve been working on for a while finally click in their heads,” she says.

I love working with the students and watching them grow. When they become successful salon professionals, it’s fun to know I helped mold them personally and professionally.

Martie Macdonald



Martie acquired her nail technician license from Ma Chre in 1989. She loved the industry so much; she decided to expand her education at the Toledo Academy of Beauty Culture from 1989 to 1990, completing the full 1800-hour cosmetology program. She began her career at Ranee of Charlesgate as a cosmetologist, specializing in nail technology. She conducted natural nail services, as well as all types of artificial nail services using an electric file, and chemical and natural hair services. She now has an established career as a senior instructor at Headlines Academy, teaching the nail program, and the eight-hour electric drill certification class required by the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission. Additionally, she has taught several successful Electric File Certification classes, two Nail Technology classes, and advanced nail care to our aspiring cosmetology students.

I devote myself to my students, doing my best to mold them into the outstanding professionals I know they can be. It gives me more and more joy every day!

April Sullivan



April Sullivan is often the first face many people see when they walk through the doors at Headlines Academy. She is not only a front desk manager, but she does all the ordering for Headlines Academy. She also serves as a Cosmetology instructor, wearing many hats for the school. April moved to Rapid City four years ago. Her previous experience includes working for Regis hair salon for two years. She managed a salon for four years and later purchased and owned that salon for another four years. April has had her Cosmetology license for 13 years, and she is certified in Schwarzkopf color. April’s favorite hairstyles to teach (and to practice herself) include updos for proms, as well as styles for weddings and special occasions.

I love all of the different aspects of our industry that Headlines Academy teaches.

Kayla Sullivan



Kayla Sullivan grew up in a small town on the border of North Dakota and Montana called Fairview. During her childhood, Kayla spent a great deal of time in Rapid City, as this is where her father was raised. She moved to Rapid City in July 2016, mostly to give herself space from the Bakken Oil boom. When a customer or student visits the front desk, the first thing they’ll notice is Kayla’s friendly and efficient attitude. Kayla has prior work experience in finance, marketing and advertising.

My favorite part of working at Headlines Academy, is getting to visit with and know our guests!

Molly Barari



Molly Barari grew up in Kearney, NE, and moved to Rapid City in May 2008 to work for the Rapid City Journal. During her eight years in Rapid City, Molly has also worked at National American University as a college student advisor, and for a public relations firm as a social media and event specialist. She still freelances as a lifestyle reporter for the Journal. Molly recently completed her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She started working for Headlines Academy in January 2016. She is most in her element when she’s helping Headlines Academy with projects that require writing, public relations, social media, event planning – and most importantly, interacting with potential Headlines students and clients. Molly also has a passion for the beauty industry – especially makeup. You’ll never see her without her signature red lipstick.

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