Associate of Arts, Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, Iowa, 1990. Bachelor, University Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, 1993. Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, University Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, 2002.
Postgraduate, University Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. ABD in Education Leadership, University of Northern Iowa, 2007.
Owner, manager Skay's Variety Store, Ackley, Iowa, 1983-1988. Manager Pronto Market, 1989-1990. State coordinator Iowa region Nacel Cultural Exchs., St. Paul, 1994—1998.
Art business instructor Waterloo, Iowa, 1998—2002. Art instructor, yearbook advisory, coach Wapsie-Valley, Fairbanks, 2002—2006. Vocational principal 7-12 Midland Park School STS, 2007—2010.
Freelance writer, since 2009. Owner Artisans Whim, since 2009.
Member National Education Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, School Administrators Iowa, National Art Educators Association, Iowa Art Educators Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Sigma Phi.
Married Jay Kevin Hoodjer, July 22, 1977 (divorced September 1990). Children: Joshua, Tylor, Kathryn. Married Bruce Carl Blakesley, October 22, 1999.