Mrs. Harden, a Virginia native, received her mathematics training from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University), and received her Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary School Mathematics degree from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Harden taught for several years in private schools and 4 years in public schools. In addition to math, Mrs. Harden enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, John. He is a dentist at Emory University Hospital Midtown, and has been on the medical staff at Emory Healthcare since 1988. John is a retired Army Colonel and a veteran of several combat theaters. Together they have six children ranging from age 12 to age 45.

The mission of Atlanta Classical Academy is to develop graduates in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.