Associate of Arts, Kendall College, 1958. Bachelor, Roosevelt University, 1961. Master of Arts, Roosevelt University, 1963.
Doctor of Education, Loyola University, Chicago, 1970. Juris Doctor, Northern Illinois University, 1979.
Teacher Chicago Public School, 1961—1967. Editor & writer Scott Foresman Public Company, Glenview, Illinois, 1967—1968. Instructor Loyola University, 1968—1970.
Consultant & author Addison-Wesley Public Company, Scott Foresman Public Company, Lyon and Carhahan Public Company, Tangley Oaks Public Company, Harper Row Public Company, 1967—1982, Chicago Board Education, State of Illinois, Chicago Consortium of Colleges and Universities, 1973—1982. Professor elementary education Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, since 1970, associate chair elementary education department, 1972—1977. Private practice Evanston, since 1980.
Alderman, Evanston, since 1987. Board directors Evanston Zoning Board Appeals, Evanston Community Development Corporation. Member of American Bar Association, Association Teacher Educators, Association Supervision and Curriculum Development, International Reading Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association.
Married Alvin Robert Paden, August 18, 1962. Children: Renee Lynn, Tina Jo.