Bachelor of Science in Science Education, University New Orleans, 1968. MNS in Natural Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Instruction, Louisiana State University, 1999.
Teacher biology and chemistry Dominican High School, New Orleans, 1969—1970. Teacher life science Istroma Middle Magnet, Baton Rouge, 1985—1986. Teacher biology Scotlandville Magnet High School and High School for Engineering, 1986—2000.
Assistant professor biology Baton Rouge Creative Commons, since 2000. Presenter in field.
Member, docent, secretary, president Patrons of Louisiana State University Museum Natural Science, Baton Rouge, 1983—1990. Member of National Association Biology Teachers (presenter, Outstanding Biology Teacher 1990), Phi Kappa Phi.
Married William Philip Hackney, December 28, 1968. Children: Amy Hackney Blackwell, Philip, Madeleine, Ryan.