Bachelor, University Colorado, 1957. Master of Science, University Wisconsin, 1961.
English teacher Crystal Lake High School, Illinois, 1957—1960. Demonstration teacher Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 1961—1962. English, social studies teacher H. Schenk Junior High School, Madison, Wisconsin, 1962—1966.
Homebound teacher Cleveland Public Schools, 1971—1976, 1977—1978. Teacher social studies Laurel School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 1977—1978. English instructor Kean University, Union, New Jersey, 1980.
Social studies, English teacher Middlesex High School, 1980—1985, 1993—1994. Freelance writer, since 1985. Founder, leader Rainbow Writers, Bridgewater, 1992—1995.
Founder, leader Connected Hearts Adoption Triad Support, North Plainfield, New Jersey, 1997—2007. Instructor, mentor Sisters Aftercare, Bridgewater, 2001—2008. Member advisory board New Jersey Adoption Resource Clearing House, 2003—2006.
Writing teacher Oshen Lifelong Learning Institute, Rutgers University, 2009—2010. Board directors Friends of New Brunswick Free Public Library., 2005—2008, vice president, 2007—2008. Member of Somerset Children's Writers, Society Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (award committee, Magazine Merit awards 1999, Magazine Merit award 1996), Pi Lambda Theta, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Reese Valmer Jenkins, December 27, 1962. Children: David William, Elizabeth Ann Jenkins Manfredi.