Freya has diversified experience as an author, educational consultant, superintendent, principal, teacher, publisher, retail business owner and a leader in government, economic and social issues. Her educational background includes post doctoral work at Michigan State University in Family and Child Ecology, an Educational Administration Doctorate from Vanderbilt of Nashville, Tennessee, a Masters of Education from Southern University and a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is the author and editor of many publications. Freya has served as president and founder of several businesses and educational organizations. She desegregated East Baton Rouge Parish Schools in 1963 and filed suit and desegregated Louisiana State University in 1964. She was the first black buyer for a major department store, Goudchaux’s and one of the first Black females to seek a statewide elected position, Secretary of State for Louisiana.
Dr. Rivers began one of the first charter schools in the United States, Sankofa Shule, an Afrocentric academy emulated by many African American charter schools in the country. The school was called an “Educational Powerhouse” by U.S. News and World Report, April 27, 1998. Dr. Rivers’ philosophy and curriculum continues to influence charters for Black children.
Currently Dr. Rivers is the author of Swallowed Tears: A Memoir , The Nightmare Before Xmas 2016 From the Black Side and co-author of Faces of Racism A Case of Genocide. She is the director of The Genius Academy (An educational consulting group, www.thegeniusacademy.org ), the lead author of the Challenging the Genius Curriculum and an independent consultant for business in leadership and diversity. The books of the Challenging the Genius Curriculum include preschool language arts, mathematics and social studies; beginning Kindergarten through third grade language arts and mathematics; an introduction to social studies, KMT (ancient Egypt) and ten steps to educational excellence, Heshima to Hotep, a professional development training model for education.
Freya is the daughter of Mrs. Inez Anderson and the late Dr. Dupuy H. Anderson, wife of Griffin H. Rivers, mother of Monica, Shariba, Sanford, Assata and Angela and Bibi to Asha, Ausar, Nyah, Assata and Kasi.