Bachelor of Science, Mississippi Women's University, 1951. Postgraduate in Criminal Justice, University Houston, 1971. M.Correctional Education, Sam Houston State University, 1980.
Teacher high school and college All Saints Episcopal College, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1951—1952. High School teacher Tyler (Texas) Indiana School District, 1955—1959. Probation officer Harris County, 1963—1965.
Teacher speech and drama Alvin (Texas) School District, 1965—1968, Friendswood (Texas) School District, 1968—1971. Teacher Spanish and English Round Rock (Texas) School District, 1973—1976. Bi-lingual instructor Windham School District, Texas Department Corrections, Huntsville, 1976—1977.
Life skills instructor Windham School District, Texas Department Corrections, Huntsville, 1977—1979, bi-lingual specialist, life skills coordinator, from 1979. Participant Adkins Life Skills workshop, 1977. Guest lecturer Sam Houston State University, 1979—1980, Delaware, Texas Women's Meeting, 1977.
State delegate National Women's Conference, International Women's Year, Houston, 1977. Delegate Texas Democratic Convention, 1980. State steering committee Texans for European Research Area.
Board directors Walker County Board Human Resources. Member Texas Women's Political Caucus. Legislation aide for Sarah Weddington, 1973.
Volunteer Green Acres Nursing Home.
Active Parent-Teachers Association. Member of National Education Association, American Association of University Women (chapter president 1974-1976, coordinator state legislation conference), Texas State Official Ladies, Correctional Education Association, Windham North Association (president, district VI legislation chairman), Texas State Teachers Association (state executive committee, president-elect), Texas Corrections Association (president-elect state organization 1981-1982), Business and Professional Women., Phi Delta Kappa.
Married Charles Garland Shandera, April 22, 1964. Children: Deborah, Cindi.