Bailey-Williams received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hampton University in 1993, where she authored a cum laude thesis entitled The Grotesque in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Beloved. Hampton is also the place where she met the love of her life, her husband Gregory, whom she married in 1997. In 1995, she received her Master of Education degree from Temple University. She has presented educational workshops on Multiple Intelligences and English Education and she participated in renowned scholar Arnold Rampersad's seminar in African-American Studies at Princeton University. Mrs. Bailey-Williams was born in Philadelphia and raised in the neighboring suburb of Montgomery County. She currently resides in Mercer County, NJ.