About the Director

Dr. Emma D. Hadley completed her BA and MA in interpersonal communication from SUNY Buffalo and her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in multicultural education. A college professor for 30 years, Dr. Hadley decided it was time to put her teaching experience to a different use.



My Story

It is written that where there is no vision, the people perish. Thus, it all began with a vision. A vision to provide a visual and performing arts school for the communities of Prince George’s County for students between the ages of 12-18.. With money in hand from my father’s estate, I began the process of making my vision a reality. I embarked upon completing the necessary requirements to open a social enterprise in the creative corridor of Old Town Bowie that would focus on the visual and performing arts with a mission to engage students in theatre, dance, music and visual arts; to showcase the many talents; and to provide training and education in the performing arts. Many people encouraged me, but also warned me that while this was an admirable vision, it was a formidable undertaking. My vision did not take into consideration an economy that would be reeling from trillions of dollars of national deficits and massive budget cuts on local, state and federal levels which would dramatically (no pun intended) impact the vitality of the Charis programs.

After serious discernment and restructuring, the vision of the Charis Center has embarked on a new beginning. Still committed to the visual and performing arts, the Charis Center provides a full academic learning environment to students in grades 7th-12th who are home schooled or have struggled in more traditional school settings. 


Charis Center offers a full menu of services tailored to meet the needs of each family.  From umbrella services to full time instruction, Charis Center will provide curricula, materials, support, and more to create a positive learning environment. 

A blended approach to teaching and learning is implemented, using internet based learning platforms, self directed lesson, and one-on-one instruction from highly competent facilitators. 


CharIs Center, recognizing the importance of maintaining open hearts and minds, embraces any individual, no matter his or her spiritual background, who wishes to become a member of this learning community Charis Center is committed to  its role as a champion of diversity, social justice, and spiritual expression.

I hold firm to my vision because I have observed  class sizes, school violence, and incivility, as well as more testing and less learning. I hold firm to my vision because I believe every student deserves the opportunity to learn in his or her own way. I hold firm to my vision because working with students brings joy. 

I invite you to peruse our website pages and contact me. I look forward to meeting you in person.

Peace, emma