Frazer Center welcomes Mejjett Daniels as our new Child Development Program Director.
Mejjett—or Ms. Jett, as she is known in the classrooms—joins the Frazer team after ten years at Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers, one of metro Atlanta's oldest, largest, and most respected early childhood programs. She was part of the management team for one of Sheltering Arms's biggest centers, and was instrumental in its reopening and day-to-day functioning during the pandemic. She was also a teacher and curriculum specialist during her tenure there.
Mejjett has an Associate of Arts degree from West Georgia Technical College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ashford University, both in Early Childhood Education. Just before the pandemic she earned a Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness from Grand Canyon University.
That master’s degree has come in handy, especially when providing support to her teaching staff. It has also helped her learn a lot about her own strengths and biases. “I look to see each person for who they are and not put my own agenda onto them,” she says.
“One of the reasons we felt Mejjet was the right person for the job is her clear commitment and demonstrated success in supporting and coaching her teaching staff,” says Frazer Center CEO Paige McKay Kubik. “She believes in working together with her teaching team so they have all the tools to successfully help children reach their full potential, and so that teachers feel valued and excited about the work they do.”
One thing that excites Mejjett about working at Frazer is the beautiful forest setting. “I was so impressed when I first drove onto the campus. I love nature, and I love the idea of the new nature-based curriculum that we’ve developed with Georgia State.”
Another big draw for Mejjett was Frazer’s culture of inclusion. She appreciates the team approach, with teachers, administrators, inclusion coaches, and therapists working together to create optimal learning environments for each child. Parental involvement is critical to that team approach, and Mejjett has been pleased to discover that Frazer parents are very engaged in their children’s learning experiences and supportive of the teachers and Frazer.
Mejjett’s own parents played a large role in shaping the person she has become. During her childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, Mejjett’s parents were always willing to open their home to family and friends who needed support. They instilled that value into Mejjett, along with a strong work ethic. Her mother was a special education teacher, and her father worked with adults with severe disabilities. “I’m thankful I was exposed to people who had those challenges. It gave me an appreciation for them,” she says, and getting to visit with Frazer’s adult participants is one of the perks of her new job.
When not at Frazer, Mejjett enjoys spending time with her husband. They met while she was in college visiting Atlanta. They literally bumped into each other in Little 5 Points, and now they’ve been married for 23 years. They were hoping to have a big family, but that was not in the stars for them. Coming to terms with that was a challenge, but Mejjett feels blessed to have a large extended family, two goddaughters, and countless children from her work life who bring her much joy, as does her fur-baby, a Mastiff named Cheyenne.
Please help us welcome Mejjett to the Frazer community. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.