Mrs. Shugart was born in Dallas, Texas, and graduated with a masters degree in education from Sam Houston State University. She was employed for 10 years as an editor and photojournalist at Houston Community News and taught jounalism at North Harris County College. Mrs. Shugart taught elementary school in Conroe for seven years. Later, she moved to Willis and has taught elementary school at Willis I.S.D. for eleven years. Today, she teaches kindergarten at Meador Elementary School.