Bachelor in English and Journalism, California State University, San Francisco, 1966. Standard teaching credential in secondary education, University California, 1966. Master of Arts in Education, University Redlands, 1977.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University San Diego, 2002. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University LaVerne, 2003.
Teacher English and journalism Woodland (California) High School, 1966-1967, Armijo High School, Fairfield, California, 1967-1969, Moreno Valley High School, Sunnymead, 1969-1970, Clairemont High School, San Diego, 1970-1986. Coordinator San Diego County Office Education, 1986-1990, director AVID project, 1990-1992. Founder, executive director AVID Center, since 1992.
Newspaper and yearbook advisor Moreno Valley High School, Moreno Valley School District, 1969-1970. Reading program coordinator Clairemont High School, 1974-1980, project English coordinator and site plan coordinator, 1975-1980, English department chairperson, 1978-1986, coordinator Advancement Via Individual Determination and WASC accreditation, 1980-1986, in-school resource teacher, 1982-1986. Member numerous positions and committees San Diego City Schools, 1974-1991.
Member committee university and college opportunities commission California State Department Education, 1981-1982. Member advisory committee teacher education program Pt. Loma College, 1982-1983, teacher English methods course for teachers secondary education, 1986-1987.
Member accreditation visiting committee WASC, 1983, integration monitoring team Crawford High School, 1984, advisory committee San Diego Area Writing Project, since 1987. Developer numerous curricular programs, since 1967.
Community leader Olivenhain Valley 4-H Club, 1981-1990. Founder Olivenhain Valley Soccer Club, 1982. Coordinator Clairemont High School/Sea World Adopt-A-School, 1982-1984.
Member National Council Teachers English (National Center Excellence award 1985-1987), California Council Teachers English, California Association Gifted Education, Golden Key National Honor Society (honorary member), Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Thomas Edward Swanson, August 27, 1966. 1 child, Thomas Jacobs.