Success Stories

Taina Casimir

Favorite Bible text: 2 Corinthians 12:9 -DAJA class of 2004-Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Oakwood University (2012); Master of Public Health, Emory University; Rollins School of Public Health (2015)Currently I am a Health Communications Science Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I plan to operate a community center, offering services that address socioeconomic determinants of health (education, income, access to healthy food, etc.) to lower-income and/or minority populations.  I could write a short novel about how influential DAJA has been in my success and development as a Christian and health educator, but I’ll just say this: my time at DAJA began 20 years ago, all of the principles DAJA instilled in me are timeless, and I am so sure I would not be who I am today if not for the formative years I spent at DAJA. DAJA nurtured my love of reading and literature, which has proven to be the key to learning at every level of education. DAJA taught me to use all of my talents for God, from public speaking to singing, and to strive for excellence at whatever I put my hand to do. DAJA taught me the value of looking for the good in others, and in putting others above myself, making me a good citizen here on earth, and preparing me for the earth to come.

Gregory Roper

Favorite Bible Text: Proverbs 3:5-6-DAJA class of 2007-Degrees: Applied Mathematics B.S. Music Minor, Oakwood University; Electrical Engineering, B.S. University of Alabama in HuntsvilleCurrently, I am approaching my final year of undergraduate matriculation. I will complete my Electrical Engineering Degree by December 2016 and my Applied Mathematics Degree and Music Minor by May 2017. For the beginning of this summer, I will be completing my current job with NASA Integrated Communications Services as a part-time IT Network Engineer. In June, I will relocate to Piscataway, NJ where I was selected to be one of thirteen Global Supply Chain Interns for Colgate-Palmolive. In April, I was elected President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)- Oakwood University Chapter. I will serve this term during the 2016-2017 school year. During the 2016-2017 school year I will also serve my 5th and final year as an Oakwood University Aeolian. PLANS FOR THE FUTURE: Following my final graduation in spring of 2017, I hope to be hired as a full-time engineer (company undecided). After gaining a few years of work experience, I plan to enroll in graduate school for an additional degree in Engineering or M.B.A.  WHY DAJA WAS IMPORTANT TO YOUR SUCCESS: In grades K-5 DAJA’s technology program introduced me to computer peripherals—I remember distinctly learning the functionality of a CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, modem, and hard drive—as well as basic typing skills. Throughout 6-8 grades, we were learning basic web-design using HTML. Learning these skills seemed second nature at the time but it wasn’t until this past semester that I realized their significance. When I was 5 and 6, kids my age didn’t know what a modem was or how to connect peripherals to a CPU. When I was 12, kids my age did not even care to know what HTML was. When I graduated from DAJA at 14, most kids didn’t have a typing speed of 75-90 WPM. DAJA exposed me to these skills early on, and if it were not for DAJA I would not be able to excel in my Electrical and Computer Engineering courses.

Felicia Barnard

Favorite Bible Text: 2 Timothy 1:7-DAJA Class of 2006-Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakwood University (2015)Currently, I am teaching the first and second grade at Decatur Adventist Junior Academy. I will begin working on my Master’s of Education in Reading Instruction at the University of West Georgia Summer of 2016. DAJA played a vital role in my development as a God-fearing Christian woman. At DAJA, my leadership skills were cultivated as I was the 6th grade class president. My love for mission work began at DAJA with the various outreach projects I experienced. DAJA is still relevant because it provides students with preparation needed for this world and the world to come.

Jeffrey Quinn Taylor, II

Favorite Scripture: Matthew 19:26-DAJA class of 2008-Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical SciencesI graduated from Oakwood university with a bachelor of science in biomedical sciences. I will be attending the Harvard University school of Dental Medicine in the fall of 2016 and my future plan is to become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (sub-specializing in cleft palate deformities). DAJA gave me a strong foundation in reading, writing, and arithmetic. Because of DAJA, the transition to high school was a comfortable one for me academically. However, most importantly, DAJA reinforced the ideal that with God and hard work anything can be accomplished.

Testimonial From a Parent

May 11, 2016


Coming to Decatur Adventist Junior Academy (DAJA) is one of the best decisions I've made for my daughter. My daughter started this school at 2 years of age in the Decatur Adventist Early Learning Center (DAELC). At that tender age I saw a great improvement with her speech and her ability to communicate better with others.


When she matriculated to DAJA she became more independent and excited to learn. The teachers and staff are great! The class size is small and intimate where each student is able to get the full attention they need.


DAJA is a great community based school. As they say, "It takes a village to raise a child" plays a part. One of the most important aspects for me was the praise and worship my child was able to be involved in every morning. I would recommend DAJA to every parent of children.


A very pleased parent, 

Ms. Gordon

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Decatur Adventist Junior Academy

2584 Young Rd,

Stone Mountain, Georgia 30088

Phone. 770.808.2188