Damon Prather is the Executive Director of the Living Water Center (LWC). LWC’s mission is to provide academic, faith-based, and continuing educational services to the DC Metro area and virtual audiences in the United States.
He has a BS in Chemical Engineering (University of Michigan) and 2 masters (MBA Wisconsin-Madison and Computer Engineering-Johns Hopkins). He enjoys writing poetry and self-published several works including 7 Soulmates poetry book and Mind of a Man chapbook. He also runs small publishing company called MicroInk Media (www.microinkmedia.com).
Damon and his wife, Anika Prather founded the Living Water School in 2015. Damon is an engineer full time. He also teaches upper level science, manages the finances and Spiritual vision of the school. Damon and Anika desire for the Living Water Center to be a gathering space for the Living Water School community, educators, families and anyone in the area who have an interest in education, good literature, Black history and racial healing. Anika and Damon have 3 children and reside in Maryland.
Anika has a BA (Howard University-where she also teaches part time), 3 masters (NYU, St. John’s College and Howard University) and a PhD (University of Maryland, College Park) in education, music, theatre and liberal arts. The vision to start the school came to Anika as she prayed about finding the right school for their first born son who was entering kindergarten that September. Because he was such a unique and creative learner, she was challenged to find the right place. God led Anika to discover the Sudbury model which gave her the inspiration for creating a free learning environment for her son. The school was a brick and mortar school until 2020 when the pandemic came. To continue the school through the pandemic, the school went online. More families joined the LW Family from out of state and the Living Water School became an official online K12 school. Deciding to remain a virtual school also meant that the LW School had to find a new home state as Maryland did not approve virtual schools. As a result, the school found a new home in Alexandria, VA, where its home offices and meeting space are housed in the new Living Water Center in Old Town Alexandria!
She also created the Blacks in Classics Museum which gives a unique perspective in the role classical studies has played in Black and American history.