Our Team

Carol M. Evans

Substitute Teacher

Carol Evans has been actively involved in the Cosmetology profession in various capacities since 1964. Her professional career began as a hair stylist and later a salon manager.

She began her teaching career as a student teacher in the public-school sector. She received her senior instructors license and continued to teach for an additional four years at the same location. During this time, Mrs. Evans participated and was certified in continuing educational classes at the local college. Certifications were earned in the following classes: Psychology, Accounting, English and Teaching Principles.

Mrs. Evans purchased Del-Mar-Va Beauty Academy in 1976 with the commitment to provide quality education in basic and advanced Cosmetology and Nail Technology. She transferred her passion and love for the profession to her students through her outstanding teaching and communication skills. The school has flourished over the years due to dedication, hard work, professional work ethics and a sincere desire to make a difference in the profession as a whole. It is obvious that the school is successfully accomplishing the goals established years ago with the success of the graduates. Tracking the graduates and obtaining feedback from employers has validated the success of the student’s training.

Tammy Lankford


Mrs. Lankford began her career at Del-Mar-Va Beauty Academy as a Cosmetology Instructor in 1986 and has been employed at the school since that date. She has extensive training in advanced cosmetology and teaching methodology. In her time at the school, she has held the positions of Instructor, Senior Instructor, Admissions Representative, Assistant Director and has been the school Director since 2015. Mrs. Lankford regularly attends continuing education classes, seminars and webinars to keep current in all aspects of the beauty industry.. Her experience is instrumental in her successful performance in her position at the school.

Aileen Schuyler

Admissions Coordinator / Student Services

Ms. Schuyler has a strong background in public relations and administration. As a true people person, she enjoys meeting prospective students and helping current students. Aileen believes strongly in the principles and quality of the education the school has provided to the community in its 47-year history. She displays her genuine excitement every day while helping current and future students succeed in our Cosmetology or Nail Technology programs and move on to a rewarding career in the beauty profession. She has attended CEA conferences and other seminars and webinars to enhance her skills in providing accurate information to our students.

Maria Flint

Financial Aid Officer

Mrs. Flint has worked in the public accounting field for over thirty years in addition to working in the financial aid office for over 25 years. Along with our third-party servicer (Financial Aid Management for Education) she oversees the processing of student financial records. She is certified in Federal Student Aid Administration and regularly participates in conferences, workshops and webinars to remain current on proper administration of financial aid programs.

Lesia Pruitt

Theory Instructor / Assistant Director

Having graduated from Del-Mar-Va Beauty Academy in 1993, Ms. Pruitt holds a Senior Cosmetologist license in Maryland and is a licensed Cosmetologist and Instructor in Delaware. She has extensive training from industry-leading brands such as Matrix Corporation, Redken, Dudley, Influence, Milady and Pivot Point International. Ms. Pruitt is constantly continuing her education and keeps herself abreast of the latest trends and techniques.

Ms. Pruitt has dedicated over two decades to cosmetology and teaching. Her impact as an educator is evident through her influence on current teachers and the success of her students. Her superior instructional skills and her compassionate nature make her an inspiration to both her students and fellow staff members.

Michele Armstrong

Practical Instructor

Mrs. Armstrong has been a Cosmetologist for over 30 years, throughout that time she has owned several full-service Salons including a Day Spa. In addition, she has several years of experience as a Sales Representative/ Educator for Dudley’s Hair products. In August of 2002, Mrs. Armstrong realized she had a passion to teach, since then she has attended numerous AACS, CEA and AMP Annual Conventions for continuing education in New York, Florida and Las Vegas where she received additional certification. Her passion and determination for the Beauty Industry has allowed her to become an exceptional Instructor/Educator. She is motivated daily by her desire to inspire future Cosmetology professionals.

Stephanie Rush

Substitute Instructor

Ms. Rush is a highly experienced and dedicated cosmetologist with over 30 years of industry experience. She is a graduate of Del-Mar-Va Beauty Academy and holds certifications from renowned brands like Redken, Bumble and Bumble, and Dermalogica. Stephanie teaches a personalized approach, believing students should take the time to listen to the client’s desires and concerns, tailoring each hairstyle to suit the client’s features and lifestyle. Students greatly benefit from her knowledge and expertise.