Bachelor in Journalism and Speech Communications, University Rhode Island, 1985. Master of Arts in Social Science Education, Columbia University, 1987. Certified in social science and English, California State University, Long Beach, 1991.
Postgraduate, University Massachusetts, 1995. Postgraduate, California State University, Fullerton, since 1996.
Reporter, Std. Times, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 1984-1985; teaching assistant, Greenwich (Connecticut) H.S., 1985-1986; journalism and English teacher, Evander Childs H.S., Bronx, 1986-1988; director education, Bellwood Medical Health Center, Bellflower, California, 1988-1989; social science and English teacher, Regency H.S., Long Beach, 1989-1990; social science, English, speech, and journalism teacher, Laguna Beach (California) H.S., since 1990; activities director, Laguna Beach (California) H.S., 1992-1995; member scholarship committee, Laguna Beach (California) H.S., 1991, 94; journalism instructor, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California, 1994-1997; cultural diversity coordinator, Laguna Beach (California) H.S., 1993-1996.
Member citywide youth violence commission City of Laguna Beach/School District, 1992-1994. School coordinator Close Up Washington, Laguna Beach, since 1991. Member American Political Science Association, American Scholastic Press Association (1st place award 1994, 95, 96, 97), Journalism Education Association, Quill & Scroll Society (International 1st place award 1994, 2d place 1996), Columbia University Press Association (2d place award 1997).
Married Greg Bartz; 1 child, Katherine.