Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, 1964. Master of Education, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, 1981. Doctor of Education, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, 1984.
Teacher Parkview Elementary School, Baton Rouge, 1977, Trinity Episcopalian School, Baton Rouge, 1977—1982. Graduate teaching assistant Louisiana State University, 1982—1984. Assistant professor elementary education Troy State University, Montgomery, Alabama, since 1984, assistant-dean education.
Consultant Trafton Academy, Baton Rouge, 1984. Director, consultant Learning Unlimited, 1983—1984.
Member International Reading Association, National Reading Conference, National Middle Grades Association, Georgia Middle Grades Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Kappa Kappa Iota, Phi Delta Kappa.
Married Lack James Watford. Children: Shannon M. Rutland, Shawn H. Rutland.