Born in Michigan near the end of the Great Depression where her parents migrated to make a living, educated in rural schools of Missouri and a private church affiliated college, the author became a teacher of Navajo children in one of the first five public schools on the reservation. Twenty one years after receiving the AB degree she began work on a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Multicultural Teacher and Childhood Education), which she received from the University of New Mexico in 1994. Author of several books and articles for teachers of second languaculture students, she has presented workshops and symposiums in Navajoland, Mexico, and China. Voracious reading as an elementary student whetted her appetite for travel to places she had read about. She has visited many times in Mexico and Canada; gone to Europe thrice; and to China three times. As a participant in world congresses, she has addressed international audiences from at least five of the seven continents in Oxford University; Washington, DC; Vancouver, Canada; Beijing, China; Dublin, Ireland; and Honolulu, Hawaii to present ideas for conflict resolution and positive action toward achieving peace. With her husband, Fred, she has co-authored several books on southwestern American Indian (Indigenous People) arts.