Counselor Wilkes County Schools, Wilkesboro, North Carolina, 1985-1988. School counselor Bureau Indian Affairs, Cherokee, 1988-1990. Graduate research assistant University Tennessee, Knoxville, 1992-1994.
Instructor Tri-County Community College, Murphy, North Carolina, 1994-1995. 4-H extension agent North Carolina State University, Robbinsville, since 1995. Member Literacy Council, Andrews, 1989-1990.
Instructor Effective Teacher Training, Wilkesboro, 1988.
Volunteer Project Literacy, Robbinsville, North Carolina, 1989-1990, big sister One-on-One, Wilkesboro, 1987-1988. Committee chair North Wilkesboro Junior Womens Club, 1986-1988. Member Daughters of the American Revolution, American Educational Research Association, Mid-South Educational Research Association, Garland Family Research Association (board directors since 1993).