National EMS Academy Instructor Jonathan Dees National EMS Academy Instructor Jonathan Dees has been part of the Acadian family for more than eight years. He earned both his EMT and paramedic certifications from National EMS Academy before joining Acadian Ambulance’s New Orleans operations.

After serving as a volunteer instructor in Gretna, Johnathan switched over to become a full-time instructor in 2012.

Because of Johnathan’s hard work, class sizes at the Gretna campus have grown in recent years, and National EMS Academy has become the paramedic program institution of choice in the New Orleans area.

Johnathan is also focused on providing that same quality education to Naval students as part of our military contracts. In addition, he handles all clinical rotations in the New Orleans area.

“Teaching people to do what I love is the most fulfilling job I’ve ever held,” Johnathan says. One time, while working a detail, he saw that every paramedic and EMT on scene had been one of his students. “Seeing my contribution to my community in that scale made me realize how much of a difference I was able to make,” he says.

“Johnathan has been an integral part of the success of our EMS training programs in the New Orleans area,” says National EMS Academy Program Manager Greg Mullen. “Johnathan dedicates a significant amount of time to his students and is always willing to go above and beyond to help them in any way. He has a passion for education and his dedication to his students carries over to his students, who call themselves ‘Dees’ Kids’.”

In 2017, Johnathan was awarded as National EMS Academy’s Employee of the Year.

Johnathan is a native of Magnolia, Arkansas. He is happily married to his wife of 15 years and they have two boys, aged five and 10. In his free time he enjoys going to the movies with his family and friends.

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