Mr. Daniel Mejia: Serving up Smiles

Gabriella Zagal, Staff Writer

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Hylton’s cafeteria staff take the time to provide hot and nutritious lunches for the students without complaints. Mr. Daniel Mejia always greets students with a big smile and asks them how they are doing. He’s known by other students as the one who always smiles and stays optimistic no matter what.

Mejia was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. He is of El Salvadorian and Guatemalan descent. He is married and has a daughter who is currently in the third grade. He decided to work at Hylton as a lunchman due to an agreement with his wife that they would both get jobs close to their home. He says the people and team are what he most loves about working here. He shared that he feels closer to his daughter when working. He loves to give back to his community, and most importantly, he loves to see the students. “Seeing your guys’s faces cheers me up everytime,” said Mejia.

Previously, Mejia served in the United States Air Force. He was in charge of the suicide prevention program. He is also a percussionist; he plays the drums, congas and African drums as well. Also, if you couldn’t tell, he loves to sing! He’s a big music enthusiast and likes to whistle while occupied. When he has some down time, he loves to spend time with his daughter, Abby. The duo enjoys playing video games together and reading stories to each other. He’s a family man.

When asked about why his positive interactions with students are so important to him, he brought up his position of being in charge of the Air Force’s suicide prevention program. “It really opened up my mind. I realized that if saying just one nice thing to someone, it can really change their whole day. It doesn’t hurt to take time out of your day to make someone smile,” said Mejia.

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