Get to Know Us

JD Academy is a progressive beauty school in The San Francisco East Bay

Get to know us, our history, our team and our mission as a school for aspiring salon + spa professionals

Your success is our mission.

Since 2010, JD Academy of Salon + Spa has offered Cosmetology and Esthetician programs in The San Francisco East Bay.   Those programs are focused on Clean, Clear, Precise and Consistent – both in your technique and in the way your education is delivered from experts in-the-field.

We are different by design

You will come away with a better education

While so many schools focus on quantity, we are one of the few institutions who place a sincere focus on quality: The quality of our education, the quality of our students and the quality of the careers our students enjoy after graduating from the JD platform.

We’re not the least expensive option (nor the most expensive), but we 100% believe that we provide the best value in the industry and that your earning potential as a JD Academy graduate will be better for it.

We’ve invested in acquiring the highest quality teachers in the salon and spa industry. We’ve intentionally limited our class sizes to increase our teacher:student ratio. We’ve invested in creating a curriculum that will genuinely make you a better professional, not only on the technique side, but on the business side as well.

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JD Academy esthetician student applying makeup to another student

We engage all types of learners through:

  • Simple Instruction
  • Demonstrated Techniques
  • Ample Hands-On Practice

Our Danville Location

Located in beautiful downtown Danville, our East Bay beauty school is centrally located and easily accessible from 680.

 

JD Academy

520 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
Danville, CA 94526
info@jdacademy.com

Meet our Team

Better education through better educators

All of our educators have many years of hands-on experience in the subjects they teach. W Academy specifically pursues educators who are currently active in the industry, bringing real-life experience to the classroom. This means an up-to-date education on current trends and modern technology that is truly marketable to your future employers, not an out-of-date curriculum designed simply to help you pass an exam.

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Janet Paradiso - Owner, president and admissions director at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Janet Paradiso

School Director

Janet began working with JD Academy as a Consultant in January 2016 and recently accepted a challenging lead role with the Academy. She's been integral in assembling a hard-working, creative, loyal, and inspiring JD Team committed to excellence and integrity. She plays a pivotal role with many facets of the Academy and its governing bodies (Department of Education, Bureau of Post Secondary Education, National Accrediting Association of Arts and Sciences, and Board of Barbering and Cosmetology).
Tammy Curtis - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Tammy Curtis

Floor Director

Tammy leads The JD Academy education team as well as The JD Student Academy Salon + Spa's Guest Services. She has spent 20 years in the cosmetology and barbering industry, both as a licensed cosmetologist and in multiple leadership roles on the education side - Registrar, Regional Registrar Instructor, Campus Director and more. She's a strong leader and excellent problem solver with an unwavering passion for the industry and helping to develop future artists.
Phuong Nguyen - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Phuong Nguyen

Financial Aid Director

Phuong has worked in the Beauty Industry for more than ten years. With a university background in both education and business administration, he has served in multiple positions including customer service, office management and as an admissions director and financial aid advisor. Currently, he is proud to be part of the team at the JD Academy Salon and Spa. Phuong is passionate about working with future beauty professionals, helping to prepare them to make their dreams come true within the industry. In his current role as Financial Aid Advisor, he is focused on the financial aid process, and federal, state and local compliance procedures and regulations.
George Horton - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

George Horton

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

George grew up in Southern California until he decided to move up to Northern California in 2012 to pursue his career in education. He has utilized his 16 years of experience in the hair industry to passionately educate future stylists for the past five years. His skillset is not only limited to hair as he shoots private photos for weddings, engagements, and other big ordeals during his off days. His training includes. Bumble & Bumble, Unite, Paul Mitchell, Redken, and more.
Ntuthu Dlamani - Aesthetics Director at JD Academy in The San Francisco East Bay

Ntuthu Dlamini

Aesthetics Department Director

Nontuthuzelo Dlamini, better known as Ntuthu, joins JD Academy as Aesthetics Department Director to oversee all operations pertaining to the Aesthetics department. She has a penchant for the beauty and wellness industry and brings over 14 years of experience in aesthetics with a background in Communications. An internationally-certified licensed aesthetician; Ntuthu’s qualifications include but are hardly limited to massage technician, educator, trainer, former master aesthetics educator and a Murad Inclusive Health Practitioner. She found love for beauty, health and wellness from the environment she was brought up in. Born in Swaziland, Southern Africa and raised by a Fashion designer and Medical Doctor, Ntuthu has a strong appreciation for living well and aging gracefully. She acquired her education both in Swaziland and South Africa majoring in Public Relations.

A former Master Aesthetics Educator and Aesthetics I.T.E.C Lead and Examiner for a renowned beauty school in San Diego, Ntuthu completed Yoga Teacher Training with Core Power Yoga in order to enhance her portfolio. She’s a certified Novalash eyelash technician and a PCA Skincare specialist. She has operated two industry-related businesses, Georgina’s Glow in 2017 and Royal Treatment in 2011 where she used Lira Clinical, COOLA Suncare, Novalash, Dermodality, and Epicuren Discovery skincare products.

Her training includes Matrix Artistic Educator, She also earned many certifications, including Milady's Career Institute, Milady's Business Fundamentals, International Dermal Institute, International Academy of Precision Haircutting, The Effective Colleges and Schools from the Pacific Institute, Certificate of Achievement for REDKEN Hair Color, Certificate of Achievement MATRIX Hair Color & WELLA

Belinda Gomez - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Belinda Gomez

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Belinda has been with JD Academy since 2015 and has been an educator in cosmetology the last 8 years. She has been licensed for over 20 years in Cosmetology and 5 years in Aesthetics. She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno City College Graduated from Federico's & Lyle's Beauty College in Fresno Ca.

Her training includes Matrix Artistic Educator, She also earned many certifications, including Milady's Career Institute, Milady's Business Fundamentals, International Dermal Institute, International Academy of Precision Haircutting, The Effective Colleges and Schools from the Pacific Institute, Certificate of Achievement for REDKEN Hair Color, Certificate of Achievement MATRIX Hair Color & WELLA

Amanda Pinkham - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Amanda Pinkham

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Amanda is an expert stylist and colorist instructor. She teaches fundamentals across the board, especially helping students with the correct use of the tools of the trade: shears, brushes and more. She's an expert at helping students analyze a client's hair as part of a consultation - identifying what's possible and how to approach the process to get to the end result.
Lilian Denmead-Miller - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Lilian Denmead-Miller

Licensed Esthetician & Educator

Lillian Denmead-Miller is a clinically trained aesthetician with over twenty years experience in the advanced skincare industry. She has earned physician continuing education in anti-aging science from industry leaders such as Nicolas Perricone and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Instructor training with NCEA, Miladys Masters of Education, Miladys Business Fundamentals, Nuts & Bolts Business Training and the Pacific Institute for Success Coach training by Lou Tice.

In addition to being a licensed aesthetician, she is a certified medical assistant (CMA), specializing in injections and certified Biofeedback Energy Medicine Therapist and Health Wellness Coach, Reiki and Laughter Yoga Meditation Leader. She has trained skincare students and professionals as well as doctors and nurses worldwide.

Elayne Becker - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Elayne Becker

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

As a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Elayne enjoyed a long career as an interior designer, with her work featured on HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens and more.

Elayne started a second career in cosmetology and graduated with honors from Paul Mitchell cosmetology school in Pleasant Hill, CA where she taught for seven years prior to joining the W Academy of Salon + Spa team in January 2015. She has earned certifications in advanced haircutting, color and styling, Her passion is to inspire her students and motivate them to succeed and feel confident about themselves. Elayne views cosmetology as art and cosmetologists as artists. She is an author and has published the book ``Hair Matters`` which is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. Every day her clients and students are the recipients of her joy, passion and love for this art form. A sample of her many rave reviews can be found in our testimonial section, on Facebook, and in Yelp.

Kelsey Creer-Martin - Floor Manager at JD Academy in Danville, CA

Kelsey Creer-Martin

Cosmetology Department Manager

AmyJo Rogress - Licensed Cosmetologist at JD Academy of Salon + Spa

AmyJo Rogress

Licensed Esthetician

Lisette Weavil - Educator and licensed cosmetologist at JD Academy in Danville

Lisette Weavil

Licensed Esthetician & Cosmetologist

Shelbie Campbell - Salon & Spa Coordinator at JD Academy in Danville, CA

Shelbie Campbell

Student Salon + Spa Coordinator

JD Academy Team - Josette Jelveh

Josette Jelveh

Makeup Specialist & Licensed Cosmetologist

JD Academy Team - Joni Maurer

Joni Maurer

Esthetician Instructor

JD Academy Team - Ian Summers

Ian Summers

Information Technology Lead

Ian Summers provides trusted and professional IT consulting services to small & medium sized businesses located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Ian has been serving satisfied clients for over 20 years through dedication and commitment to excellence in his profession. Ian and has extensive consulting experience and provides a worry-free environment by utilizing leading edge technology in the industry. Ian focuses on helping businesses to simplify operations & maximize efficiency, combine security, backup and file sharing, protect business critical data & operations using integrated cloud applications.

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