As an educator, Professor Phaire earned a BS degree and an M.A. degree from the University of Maryland and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Capella University in Professional Studies. She has been teaching full-time in the English Department at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) since the Fall 2004 semester. More recently, she teaches first year writing courses for the newly launched Community College of the District of Columbia (CCDC), which is part of UDC’s university system. In addition to UDC, Ms. Phaire has been an adjunct professor at Montgomery College (MC) in the English Department for more than 8 years, and now teaches online for MC’s Silver Spring Campus. Prof. Phaire has conducted writing workshops at the University of Maryland, Howard University, and workshops for elementary and middle school children for Montgomery College Continuing Education’s Summer Youth Programs. In 2003 she won an Arts & Humanities grant to create and teach a drama workshop to underprivileged elementary school children. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Phaire facilitated a monthly “Aspiring Writers Literary Circle” in Washington, D. C. that she initiated to discuss and critique local artists’ works of fiction and nonfiction in all genres and to help inspire writers to continue to hone their writing skills. Her desire is to one day revive the writing circle when time and interest from dedicated writers once again emerges. Dorothy is married with three children and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

These days Dorothy combines teaching full-time with her love for creative writing. She says, “I am grateful for the gift to be able to escape into my own imagination and create stories that hopefully people will enjoy. At least, I’m having fun writing them!”