Meet Our Staff!


Ms. Charesa (Preschool Staff)

“I have true compassion for children and I’ve been working with kids for over 9 years. I am very creative and dedicated in everything I do. I enjoy helping every child learn and grow.


Ms. Sherry (Preschool Staff)

“I have a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of kids. I love to see kids learn and develop not just from books, but from everyday life experiences. In the past I’ve taught art and technology to preschoolers and kindergartners, along with Sunday school.”


Ms. DeShield (School Staff)

” ‘Love Learning for a Lifetime’ is my motto! Learning happens all the time in many different ways. My challenge is to find ways to help students discover answers and solutions, rather than to constantly give them answers. Having raised 3, now adult children, and working in education for over 30 years, this has given me many years of experience. Yet and still, I am always looking for ways to give students different learning experiences.”


Ms. Claudina (School Staff)

“I have danced at the White House twice and I enjoy being a mother. I’ve written a book while in highschool, which sold over 5,000 copies. I have my own non profit organization called Pears of Anacostia, which provides free dance lessons to the children of Southeast DC. I love reading and teaching has always been my purpose here on earth!”


Mr. Burrell (School Staff)

“I am a 10 year Navy veteran and have been a teacher for 16 years. I’ve also been preaching for 30 years. I am an avid gardener with an entrepreneurial spirit. I love a good book and good music. I also enjoy a tranquil sunset on the water!”

The Founders


Dr. Anika T. Prather-Founder

Dr. Anika Prather has earned her B.A. from Howard University in elementary education. She also has earned several graduate degrees in education from New York University and Howard University. She has a Masters in liberal arts from St. John’s College and has completed her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has served as a teacher, director of education and the Head of School for public and Christian schools. The inspiration for starting this school comes from her three creative and curious kids. Anika’s blog is where she talks about her views on freedom in education and her research on literacy education for African American students.

Damon M. Prather-Executive Director

Damon has earned his degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has also earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Information Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins. He also has tutored in the math and sciences to students in high school and college.