Jessica Carter


Defensive Empowerment Academy

Lutz, Florida

Welcome to the Defensive Empowerment Academy! My mission is to provide students of all ages and genders strategies to empower themselves to be their own self-protectors. I focus on various aspects of personal protection throughout the courses I offer. In the DEAcademy I cover everything from situational awareness to non lethal products such as stun guns, pepper spray and kubatons to lethal products such as firearms. What ever your comfort level is, is where we begin our journey of self protection together. I am a State Leader of The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters for Florida as well as a dual chapter leader instructor for both Port Richey, Florida and North Tampa, Florida. I am a graduate of the Tampa Police Citizens Academy, Pasco County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy and the FBI Citizen Academy. Outside of the world of personal protection, I am a financial professional. I am also a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as the chair of the Pasco County Leadership Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. In 2018, I was named the Big Sister of the Year. I look forward to working with you on your personal protection journey.

2 Reviews on “Jessica Carter”

  • Pat Zink
    4 years ago

    Jessica is a dedicated and knowledgeable instructor that cares about all of us and considers everyone family. She is always studying and learning more so we can learn also. She has everything and anything available for us to continue our education and takes pride in our accomplishments. Jessica has a big heart.
    She keeps giving and has fun at everything she does.

  • Sylvia Parker
    4 years ago

    Jessica is one of the sweetest, most personable, caring, professional I have met. She instructs from the heart. She genuinely cares and her willingness to help her members learn is amazing. She is always advancing in her training and passes the information onto her members! I am so thankful I became a member of the Tampa Chapter. I grew up shooting shotguns, rifles, and minimal pistol shooting. I just became a certified probation officer and will be finishing up firearms training as of this Friday, June 21st. The training Jessica has provided has been a HUGE asset for me. I hear her voice in my ear on the range everyday. I highly recommend Jessica!!

    1. Jess 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Sylvia! We can’t wait to have you back at the North Tampa Chapter of The Well Armed Woman! We are so excited and proud of you becoming a Certified Probation Officer! You will be fantastic!

  • Cris Ware 4 years ago

    I am so blessed to have Jessica as our TWAW leader and instructor. She definitely knows what she teaches and has a passion for it! I come from a country where citizens are not allowed to have guns and women are almost afraid of touching a firearm. Having a female instructor as awesome as her was AMAZING and I learned so much already. 5 stars are not enough !

    1. Jess 4 years ago

      Thank you Cristina. It has been a pleasure working with you and I look forward to being a part of your personal protection journey!

  • Lisa Pellicano 4 years ago

    Jessica is a terrific instructor. I am always impressed with the knowledge she has on the many aspects of self defense, and she is constantly learning more. Her enthusiasm for teaching people of all skill levels is so contagious. If you are looking for a skilled instructor to take courses with, I highly recommend Jessica

    1. Jess 4 years ago

      Thank you Lisa! It has been a privilege to see you grow as a shooter and get to know you!

  • Milo g 4 years ago

    EXCELLENT! At first I was apprehensive with the idea of a gun in the house let alone in my hand. Jess was patient and confident. Instructions were clear. Her passion was contagious. We will be doing courses with her soon. Purchasing our own firearms . Our choice…PPQ

    1. Jess 4 years ago

      Hi Milo! Thank you so much for the kinds words! I am so happy I was able to help you overcome your apprehension and recommend a firearm to suit you needs! See you soon in future classes.

  • Julie Goering 4 years ago

    Jessica is an amazing instructor. My husband and I have taken a class with her as well as our son. I am also a member of TWAW North Tampa chapter where Jessica is the instructor. She is very knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend taking her classes.

    1. Jess 4 years ago

      Thank you Julie! It has been a pleasure to work with you and Robert and now your son. I love welcoming your family into the DEAcademy family!

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