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

School Director

Phuong Nguyen

Financial Aid Director

Kelsey Creer-Martin

License Cosmetologist/Campus Director

Lilian Denmead-Miller

Licensed Esthetician & Educator

Belinda Gomez

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Amanda Pinkham

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Elayne Becker

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Josette Jelveh

Makeup Specialist & Licensed Cosmetologist

Linda Bertaut

Educator & Licensed Esthetician

Kenny Berk

Master Cutting Artist

Ian Summers

Information Technology Lead

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Testimonials

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

"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

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

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.