BETTER EDUCATION THROUGH BETTER EDUCATORS


Our educators have many years of hands-on experience in the subjects they teach at our East Bay Location in California. JD Academy pursues educators who are currently active in the industry. They bring their real-life experience to the classroom. Our educators strive to provide up-to-date information along with access to the latest technology. We design our curriculum to help make you marketable to future employers, not just to sit for an exam.

Janet Paradiso

President/Admissions Director

Elayne Becker

Executive Director / Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Nancy Reyes

Financial Aid & Licensed Cosmo/Barber

De’Ahna “Dee” Turner

Campus Director

Zuri Ferrusquia

Assistant Campus Director

Lilian Denmead-Miller

Licensed Esthetician & Educator

Bernadine Tatum

Licensed Esthetician & Educator

Belinda Gomez

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Karina Revuelta

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist / Barber

Josette Jelveh

Makeup Specialist & Licensed Cosmetologist

Jennifer Matthews

RN and licensed Esthetician Educator

Kelsey Creer-Martin

License Cosmetologist/ Educator

Linda Bertaut

Educator & Licensed Esthetician

Shirley Negron

Educator & Licensed Esthetician

Enga Norton

Educator & Licensed Esthetician

Katie Quintana

Educator & Licensed Esthetician

Mignon Fernandez

License Cosmetologist/ Educator

Tiffany Brooks

License Cosmetologist/ Educator

Vessela Lordanova

License Cosmetologist/ Educator

Ian Summers

Information Technology Lead

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Testimonials

"I want to thank my teachers; Ms. Lily, Ms. Bernie, Ms. Joni, and Ms. Catherine who had such a huge positive impact on me and my time at JD Academy. It was challenging going through school during the height of the pandemic (I started in February 2020) but felt I was able to push through with all of their help, encouragement, knowledge, and guidance along the way. Also, a huge thank you to the staff members during my time at JD Academy such as yourself Ms. Dee, Ms. Janet, Ms. Kelsey, Mr. Phuong, and everyone else there who made attending school so delightful. Although I'm currently attending school for Medical Assisting, I still have a love and passion for esthetics! I'm hoping to obtain a job that can incorporate the two fields."

Raquell, Esthetician Program Graduate

I am a current esthetician student at this school. Highly recommend! The teachers are so supportive and kind. Everyone here truly cares about their students. I have learned so much from here and they really prepare you for state board.

Kayla D.

I am a current esthetician student at this school. Highly recommend! The teachers are so supportive and kind. Everyone here truly cares about their students. I have learned so much from here and they really prepare you for state board.

Kayla T.

I wanted to say thank you for always keeping us informed and doing a wonderful job helping us however you can. Thank you for all you do! Emily, Current Student 12/2021

Emily, Current Student 12/2021

Ms. Janet. I have some exciting news for you today. I was just hired with Blue Mercury to start as a sales associate and later move into an esthetician position. The best part is it is literally right around the corner from my house. I couldn't wait to share the news with you. I'm literally crying out of JOY and GRATITUDE!!!! Thank you for having faith in me, you have no idea how much that means to me. Thank you for allowing me to get my education at JD Academy.

Brenda, Graduate 12/2021