Mrs. House received a B.A. degree in English, with high honors and departmental distinction, from Southern Methodist University, where she also earned an all-level teaching certificate. Selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Mrs. House was awarded the M.A. degree in English from Stephen F. Austin State University, where she also completed an ESL certification and has been a graduate assistant, an intern, and an adjunct faculty member of the English Department since 1989.