The Story of SMG

Syieda Logan, a local mother of four has been in public education since 2001. She followed in her mother’s footsteps, a recently retired public school teacher for 35 years. Syieda’s degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, Instructional Technology, and as a Reading Specialist proves her innate love for education and her desire for continued growth. Syieda has expressed a genuine love for children since she was very young. She’d often tutor the neighborhood children and even a few adults from the front porch of her Southwest Philadelphia home. Syieda, raised in a three parent household; mother, father, and grandmother experienced an overabundance of nurturing, love, and support from her caregivers. She decided she wanted to in turn provide this same framework to every child she’d ever come in contact with. 

SMG Clubhouse named after her grandmother, Sallie Mae Gordon provides care for the WHOLE CHILD and the WHOLE FAMILY. Sallie Mae allowed Syieda to see what hard labor entailed, the importance of being educated, and how to love and enjoy every aspect of life.

The Team

Syieda Logan

Executive Director

Nina James

Assistant Teacher

Wayne Beekly

Assistant Teacher

Melissa Patterson

Assistant Teacher

Ali Al-Sulaimani

Assistant Teacher

Kaia Edwards

Assistant Teacher

Our Visionis to provide a welcoming and safe environment that sparks a love for learning and facilitates personal discovery for each child through interactive learning, reflection, STEM projects, student-centered learning, teacher-directed activities, and plenty of opportunity for real-world connections.

The Missionis to act as Early Interventionist while supporting every child so they will FLOURISH by:

  • Learning how best to serve your child

  • Celebrating each child as a prized possession with special gifts and talents, 

  • Equipping each child to recognize and utilize these gift(s)

  • Partnering with families who trust us to care for their child each day, so we embark on every opportunity to connect and learn from the family.

  • Communicating with families frequently while your child is under our care.

  • Accepting students with a variety of needs and learning differences. SMG educators have a heart for children and the responsibility to respond to all ABILITIES. We marvel at how unique and special all individuals are.

Passionate.

Open-Minded.

Willing.

Eager.

Respectful.