Our Goal

Our goal is to educate professionals and parents to best serve the needs of the military child.

Our Passion

Our passion is derived from our military experience and service as military families and veteran families.
We truly understand the challenges related to academic transition, family transition, and SEL social-emotional transition. 



Mark Patton

Mark Patton

Mark is a retired U.S Air Force officer, father of two, and a proud grandfather. He grew up as a military kid, living overseas in Germany and graduating high school in Fayetteville, N.C.

Families find it easy to talk with Mark. His easy-going, down-to –earth personality endears him to so many. After spending nearly 40 years serving members of the military community, Mark understands all too well the stressors military-connected students and families face and looks forward to opportunities where he can be part of solutions that put people at ease and make their lives better. 

Prior to serving with MCEC, Mark served as a high school counselor and as a Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Corps (JROTC) program in Nash County and Cumberland County Schools. Retiring from teaching, Mark became a Military Student Transition Consultant for Cumberland County as part of a DODEA grant.

He holds a Master of Education in Human Relations with a specialization in organizational behavior and counseling. 

Mesha HayesMesha Hayes, M.Ed.

As a former Army Brat, Army Veteran, Army Mom, and Retired Inclusion Teacher, Mesha Hayes, takes pride in serving diverse groups of military students and families. Her personal and professional military experiences provide multiple perspectives of military family life. The perspectives enhance her ability to meet military students’ diverse needs. She strives to be part of solutions to help students thrive with her excellent relationship-building skills with listening, encouraging, problem-solving, and collaborating to bridge gaps with stakeholders for student transition and support in/out of school. 

Prior to serving with MCEC, Mesha served in the following capacities: Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Realtor, Domestic Engineer (Housewife), Physical Education Teacher, and Elementary School Inclusion Teacher. These varied work experiences provided rewarding opportunities for growth which lead to the Military Student Transition Consultant position for 8 schools with Norfolk Public Schools in Hampton Roads, Virginia as part of a DoDEA grant. Under the DoDEA grant, she provided faculty & staff professional development, parent workshops, and direct 1-on-1 student transition and support. 

She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education and Human Development with concentration in Education Leadership and Administration. 





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