Meet Our Faculty and Staff

True education does not ignore the value of scientific knowledge or literary acquirements; but above information it values power; above power, goodness; above intellectual acquirements, character. The world does not so much need men of great intellect as of noble character. It needs men in whom ability is controlled by steadfast principle. (Education p226)

  • Fabian Reid

    Fabian S. Reid


    Dip. in Teaching Math & Science; B.Ed & MA in Math Ed

    With 20 years in education, Mr. Reid is currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership at Andrews University, has been recognized as the Most Innovative Teacher in America, and consistently evaluated as a distinguished educator in the State of North Carolina. He has taught upper school math and science all his career including physics, chemistry, pre-calculus, and biology. 
    Mr. Reid has a deep desire to glorify God by leading MAA to become the premier school for a Christ-centered, growth-focused, holistic, college-and-career-ready education that prepares a diverse student population for a saving relationship with Christ, and service to humanity. He is married to Elicia Reid and together the two have three children who attend MAA. When not engaged in family life, work duties, Church planting in both regional and non-regional conferences, and university studies, Mr. Reid can be found gardening, playing friendly games, or spending time in nature. 

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    Sara Nelson

    Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Nelson has been a part of the Memphis Junior Academy family for12 years, first as a parent, then as Home and School Leader, and currently as the Administrative Assistant. She considers it a special honor to serve the students, families, and staff at MJA. She and her husband, Robert, have lived in the Memphis area for over 16 years and have three wonderful children.
    Mrs. Nelson's favorite verse is Joshua 1:9. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

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    Kaylee Baughman

    Pre-K/Kindergarten Teacher

    BA Early Childhood Education; BA Psychology

    Mrs. Baughman began her career teaching 2nd grade and then spent many years working as a Disabilities Consultant for the Head Start program with children 2 -5 years old. After having two children, Mrs. Baughman decided to retire from her career and focus on just being a mama. When child number 3 headed off to Kindergarten, she decided to go right along with her. Mrs. Baughman will be coming up on her 4rd full year of teaching this December, but has had years of experience as a favorite substitute here at Memphis Junior Academy. She is a teacher and a parent at our school, with a 2nd grader, a 5th grader and an 9th grader. Mrs. Baughman is married to her college sweetheart, Brandon.

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    Janice Carr

    After School Care / PE / Art Club

    BA Business Administration

    Mrs. Carr enjoys working with the young people and leading them to the Lord. In her second year being a staff member at MJA, she just fell in love with the children and has decided MJA is the place she wants to be. 

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    Patrice Laura

    5th/6th Grade Teacher

    BBA; MA in Teaching; MEd in Educational Leadership

    Mrs. Laura holds a Master of Educational Leadership degree from the University of Indianapolis, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Marian University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Tennessee State University. She is Orton-Gillingham Certified through The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) with a passion for eradicating functional illiteracy across America. 
    She enjoys volunteering, hiking, swimming, traveling, and spending time with her husband Douglas, seven children, and five grandchildren.
    Mrs. Laura has been an educator for 28 years and joined the SDA system in 2017.
    When asked why she chose MAA, Mrs. Laura replied, "I [chose] MAA because I believe in two great influencers that shift trajectory in life: The Holy Spirit and Education.” 

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    Kevin Mote

    Bible and English Teacher

    BA in Religious Education minor in English

    Mr. Mote is starting his 2nd year with us and has been very excited about joining the MJA/MAA Family. 
    He is originally from Louisville, Kentucky where he attended Louisville Adventist Academy for all 12 years of school. He graduated from Southern Adventist University in 2021 with a degree in Religious Education and a minor in English. Mr. Mote has one goal at MJA/MAA, both through my English and Bible classes, and that is to guide students through the most important words that have ever been written, and show them Jesus in every word. His prayer and his mission is to educate, enlighten, and understand questioning youth to promote searching for coherent biblical answers, and guide those youth to a deeper relationship with God. 

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    Sophenia Partlow-Brown

    3rd/4th Grade Teacher

    BA Elementary Education

    From Mrs. Brown: "It is a pleasure to be part of such a great school family. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways by bringing me to Memphis Jr. Academy."

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    Amazing Staff


    Coming soon!

    We are under construction as of 6/30/2022 and are working on posting the bios of our five other amazing staff members: