Bachelor in Education, Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical, 1964. Master of Arts in Education, Chicago State University, 1977. Master of Science in Education, Chicago State University, 1980.
Teacher Pine Island School District, Anahuac, Texas, 1964—1965, Chester School District, Tyler, 1965—1966, Joliet Public Schools, Illinois, 1966—1976, National College Education, Evanston, 1980—1982. Educational consultant Joliet Public School, since 1976, curriculum developer, since 1976, computer trainer, since 1976. Adjunct instructor Lewis University, Joliet, 1984.
President Union School Board, Joliet, 1979. Member of Business and Professional Women, Alpha Delta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Alpha (Most Academy Soror 1979, Basileus 1983-1985, Grammateus 1982-1983), Phi Delta Kappa (secretary 1981-1982).
Married Paulrice McKinley Downey, October 30, 1972 (divorced 1979).