Student, Mars Hill College, 1961-1963; Bachelor of Science, Winthrop College, 1965; postgraduate, College William and Mary, 1987.
Teacher, Henrico County Schools, Richmond, Virginia, 1965-1969; teacher, Newport News (Virginia) Public Schools, 1971-1972; teacher, Department Defense, Wiesbaden, Federal Republic of Germany, 1972-1973; teacher, Trinity Lutheran School, Newport News, 1976-1979; teacher, Hampton (Virginia) Public Schools, 1979-1983; teacher, Newport News Public Schools, since 1983. Cooperating teacher Old Dominion U., Christopher Newport U., Hampton Institute, Virginia Commonwealth U., 1985-1988.
President Edgehill Homemakers, York County, Virginia, 1984-1988. Volunteer 4-H Club, York County, 1984-1990. Member York High Choral Parents (chairman 1989-1991), Parent-Teachers Association (legislation chairman 1988-1991), Virginia Alliance for Arts Education, Newport News Reading Council, Virginia Reading Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Married Louis James Ryan III, April 5, 1968. Children: Louis James IV, Frances Shannon.