Bachelor of Science in Education, Indiana University Pennsylvania, 1992. Master of Education, California University of Pennsylvania, 1998. Certified, Institute Children's Literature, West Redding, Connecticut, 2003.
Teacher Truxel Pre-school, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 1990—1993. Artist, ceramicist Norvelt, since 1993. Teacher adult art, since 1993.
Teacher art Mount Pleasant (Pennsylvania) School District, since 1993. Sponsor National Art Honor Society, Mount Pleasant. With United States Army Reserve.
Member of Crafters Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Art Education Association, Phi Theta Kappa.
Married Joseph E. Pyda, December 13, 1990. Children: Patrick A., Andrew J.