As the youngest daughter of 5, growing up in the inner-city of Chicago, Pernicia determined early on she would not be a statistic. After having a candid conversation with her mother, she knew that she wanted to work with children. Pernicia is the founder of Cambridge Classical Academy in Chicago. Her first introduction to classical education was at Marva Collins Preparatory School in 1999. There she learned the role the heart plays in educating children. Pernicia is a graduate of Jackson State University’s School of Education, an HBCU located in Jackson, Mississippi. By passion, Pernicia loves to teach. She enjoys traveling, reading, attending concerts, and spending time with her family and friends.