Meet the Principal And Staff

Ms. Cooper


Hello and Welcome to Decatur Adventist Junior Academy (DAJA), Children are our highest priority. They are ABLE because He is ABLE. Students Achieve Beyond Limited Expectations in a positive learning environment. DAJA offers a dynamic, invigorating and innovative curriculum that is on the cutting edge of excellence in education. Our students learn in a nurturing environment that is safe and secure. Our professional educators use the latest pedagogies while differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students in a Christ-centered curriculum. DAJA—Educating for Eternity! 

Come and experience the difference! Assisting the Master Teacher,


Yvette Cooper




Cynthia L. Duggins

Assistant accountant

Joining Decatur Adventist Junior Academy (DAJA) in 2001, Cynthia L. Duggins provides administrative and accounting support alongside the principal and treasurer. Her tenure with the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventist has contributed to her passion for Adventist Christian education. Previously, Ms. Duggins worked as the Office Manager/Treasurer of Ebenezer Christian Academy in Augusta, GA. While in Augusta an Associates Degree in Accounting was obtained. She also worked as the Executive Secretary to the vice president of Bechtel/Westinghouse Geotechnical Engineering Department.

Since her first clerical position at Caldwell Banker Realty in 1977, it has been Cynthia’s goal to continuously work towards optimizing her skills and abilities in order to better meet the needs of each organizational community for which she has been called to serve. Originally from Orangeburg, SC, Cynthia loves reading, traveling and spending time with her four adult children and awesome grandchildren.



KINDERGARTEN, 1st and 2nd grade TEACHER

Mrs. Hupp is a Jamaican-Canadian who spent some of her formative years in England. A graduate of Andrews University; she majored in Elementary Education with an emphasis in language arts. Reading, writing, storytelling, drama, and other areas of language usage are some of the things she enjoys. Mrs. Hupp's hobbies include sewing, crafts, and gardening. Many of these interests are implemented in the classroom as she works with the students. Mrs. Hupp is married and has two children, Raamiah and Khadejia; who are recent college graduates. Bret, her husband, loves to tell stories; he visits the class from time to time as a guest story teller. She enjoys working with children; and loves to see the growth and development as they experience learning. She looks forward to the fun learning experiences that will take place as they move forward into the school year.

April Nixon


Hello, my name is April Nixon and I am the DAJA 3rd and 4th grade teacher. I have eight years of experience and a Masters in Teaching degree from Andrews University. I have served in Title 1 public schools throughout my teaching career,both in North and South Carolina. In 2013 I was so excited to have been given the opportunity to join the DAJA team. I count it a blessing and a privilege to participate in the spiritual and educational development of our children. I am so happy to be married to my wonderful husband John Nixon, II and we are blessed with two awesome children John, III and Julia. I love spending time with my family, playing a round a golf, watching a good movie, reading nonfiction books, singing/writing music and eating. I believe a classroom environment filled with the love of God, respect and encouragement gives students the best opportunity to reach their highest potential. I am also convinced that every student can learn effectively when taught in a structured environment. I believe Christ is the Ultimate Teacher and through the study of His Word students can attain everlasting knowledge.



Mrs. L. Williams graduated from Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. She further went on to Andrews University where she graduated with a Masters of Arts in teaching. She has been teaching grades 5-8 since the beginning of her career in teaching and is currently teaching these grades Math and Science. As a strong advocate of hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning, she involves her students in a variety of problem-solving and technology infused activities that provide them with opportunities to connect what is learned with real-life situations. She enjoys teaching, as she enhances student learning and activities. She is a strong believer in Christian education and considers it an honor to lead children into having a meaningful relationship with Christ as they learn more about Him through this Christian education experience at Decatur Adventist Junior Academy. In her free time she enjoys reading, staying active and spending time with her husband and two sons.


5th and 6th GRADE TEACHER

My name is Felicia Barnard. My birthday is March 28. I am Antiguan and American. I am the middle child of three children. My dad died when I was in 8th grade.My niece, Lynnese was born 2 years later. Kameron, my nephew loves Ninja Turtles. I attended Decatur Adventist Junior Academy and Berean Christian Junior Academy. I matriculated through high school at Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy. I am a recent graduate of Oakwood University with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education. While at Oakwood, I was apart of NAPS, the National Association for the Prevention of Starvation. I participated in various mission and outreach activities. I went to Suriname, South America summer of 2012 to spread the love of God as well as surrounding communities in Huntsville. 

Some of my hobbies include:* reading*crocheting/sewing*cooking*mission/outreach*laughing* spending time with family and friends*traveling*learning something new. I look forward to working with your child and seeing them bloom in the fullness of the Lord. We are going to have a super rocking year! Thank you and God Bless.

Part-Time Teachers

Kim Ellis 

Resource Teacher

Pastor Chris Whittaker

Bible Teacher and Chaplain

Sefton Brown

Music and P.E. Teacher

Stephene Demetrius

Spanish Teacher

Lets Keep In Touch

Decatur Adventist Junior Academy

2584 Young Rd,

Stone Mountain, Georgia 30088

Phone. 770.808.2188