Patricia Murphy PropheterCritical Skills Instructor
EducationB.S., Western Carolina University, 1984
M.Ed., Virginia Polytechnical and State Universtiy, 1989
J.D., Wake Forest University, School of Law, 1993
Patricia Murphy Propheter earned her law degree from Wake Forest University, School of Law in 1993, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1990, and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Western Carolina University, with specialization in Exceptional Education, in 1984. She has over eight years of teaching experience with exceptional students in the public school system, as well as online mentoring experience through Nova's Master's in Teaching and Learning Program and clinical experience with Wake Forest University School of Law.
In addition to her teaching experience, Professor Propheter has practiced law in the area of family and child welfare since 1993 in both North Carolina and Florida. She has practiced in the areas of domestic violence, public benefits and dependency law. She was the managing attorney for the Domestic Violence and Public Benefits unit at the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina until 2001, when she returned to her home state of Florida. Since returning to Florida, she has practiced exclusively in the area of child dependency, first as a senior attorney for Child Welfare Legal Services, Department of Children and Families in Palm Beach County, and later as an appellate attorney on a state-wide basis for both the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program and for Children's Legal Services. In addition, Professor Propheter was involved in the development and implementation of the Kin Support Project in Palm Beach County, Florida. She is also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family Law Mediator and trained as a Dependency Mediator.