DARRELL (JD) JOHNSON - Program Director
JD is the co-founder of LifeSmart Education and brings over 20 years of experience working with children and young adults in youth programs, community theater and as a producer and a writer of several plays for many youth summer acting camps. JD has 26 years of experience in photography and photojournalism as a photo editor for "Getty Images" and as a photography studio manager in Los Angeles. JD's approach is to nourish young minds with information to help foster a generation of dynamic contributors to society. JD will graduate from the University California Los Angeles in the fall of 2016 with a B.A. Degree in Public Relations.
"Each student is unique. We want our students to reach their full potential by understanding what the world has to offer them."
PATRICIA MCBRIDE-DEMETRIOU - President/Founder
Patricia is the founder of LifeSmart Education. Patricia has lived and worked professionally in education and acting for over 20 years. Patricia has spent several years living abroad in London, England, Stuttgart, Germany and Nanjing, China. Patricia has developed youth educational programs and educated over 700 youth nationally and internationally. While living abroad, Patricia was transformed by her global experiences and knows that her experiences from living abroad have gained her immeasurable educational enlightenments. Patricia is passionate about her international experiences and wants to expose these same experiences to underrepresented youth. Patricia has a Masters Degree in Liberal Arts and is a member of the SAG-AFTRA Union (American Federation of Television ad Radio Artists - Screen Actors Guild).
"Working in education was suppose to be a temporary job for me, but it became a life-long journey. I'm so fortunate to impact the lives of others by helping those who are historically overlooked to reach their individual potential."