Dr. Prather earned her B.A. from Howard University in elementary education (minor in theatre). She also has earned several graduate degrees in education from New York University and Howard University. She has a master’s in liberal arts from St. John’s College (Annapolis) and a PhD in English, Theatre and Literacy Education from the University of Maryland (College Park). Her research focus is on building literacy among African American students through engagement in the books of the Canon and recently self-published her book Living in the Constellation of the Canon: The Lived Experiences of African American Students Reading Great Books Literature. She has served as a teacher, supervisor for student teachers, director of education and Head of School. Dr. Prather also founded The Living Water School, a unique Christian school for independent learners, based on the educational philosophies of Classical Education and the Sudbury Model. Her favorite hobby is fiber arts (spinning yarn, knitting and crochet). She is married to Damon M. Prather, who is an engineer and has an MBA (Wisconsin-Madison). In addition to his full time work as an engineer, he also serves as the financial manager of the school. They have three young children and way too many animals. They reside in the DC metropolitan area.