Education: Bachelor of Science from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Practiced nursing, eventually was Head Nurse of Outpatient Surgery Clinic at M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, TX.
After moving to Pagosa Springs with husband back in 1979, eventually volunteered at the elementary school, then became a substitute teacher. Returned to college at Fort Lewis in Durango, CO, and after 48 credits earned a teaching certificate. Has taught at Pagosa Springs Elementary School for 23 years, all but one in fourth grade.