Bachelor of Education, Chicago Teachers College, 1964; Master of Arts, Roosevelt U., 1974.
Member, Chicago Board Education, since 1964;
instructor, Olive Harvey Junior College, Chicago, 1980-1981;
instructor, Loop Junior College, Chicago, 1982. Consultant WMAQ-television On Q program, Chicago, 1980, Better Boys Foundation, 1980, Illinois Writing Project, 1989, cultural literacy Sangamon State University, since 1991;co-director Share the Magic Literacy Project, Chicago, 1989. Literacy vol.Ada S. McKinley Community Center, Chicago, since 1990 (award 1991).
Mellon fellow University of Chicago, since 1989.
Married William Ellis, December 19, 1964 (divorced 1971). 1 child, Stacey Ann; married Robert Charles Bearden, January 31, 1976. 1 child, Robert Charles World War II.