Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 1983. Master of Arts in Education, Stanford University, 1990.
Teacher St. Mark's School, Southborough, Massachusetts, 1983-1985, Lovett School, Atlanta, 1985-1986, Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, Massachusetts, 1986-1988, Brookline (Massachusetts) High School, 1990—2004, chair English department, since 2004.
Married Tim Carey, June 27, 1992. 1 child, Zoe Burchenal Carey.