About Us

Greetings from
Gisele Fields M.Ed.

Dear Parent or Guardian,

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed principal of Decatur Adventist Junior Academy (DAJA). I possess 10+ years of experience in teaching and educational leadership and have worked as an elementary school teacher, curriculum writer, adjunct teacher, served on curriculum advisories, and participated in educational research. I am honored to bring my skills to DAJA and look forward to partnering with you.

I anticipate a very successful school year as my team and I support the academic, spiritual, social, and emotional growth of each one of the students that walk these halls.

During the school year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide every student with the best opportunities for learning. Our aim is that every day, every child is pursuing academic excellence and Christian leadership.

We know and believe that the role of the family is essential, and as a school team, we do not take your contributions for granted. As principal, my door is always open, and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make DAJA the best it can be.

I look forward to working with you and your student.

In partnership,

Gisele Fields, M.Ed

Our Philosophy

The five components that reflect our mission are expressed through our “EAASI” philosophy.

E – Excellence, A-Achievement, A-Access, S-Spirituality, I-Innovation.


Building a culture of preeminence and outstanding results through our focused engagement with each student.


Inspiring each mind we touch to realize its fullest potential for greatness, by pushing each student to reach beyond the pinnacle of societal standards and expectations.


Providing our students with intercultural immersion opportunities, mentorship and unique world-class learning experiences that allow them to expand their thinking and broaden their horizons.


Educating students on what it means to live a Christ-centered life and training them to be servant leaders with impeccable values.


Adapting our curriculum design to ensure that each student is prepared for the world of tomorrow as he/she advances through this journey called life.