Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, Bettie has lived in Asheville since the age of 3. She lived in public housing, Lee Walker Heights, attended Livingston Street Elementary School which is now the Eddington Center and Hill Street Middle School, which is now Isaac Dickson. She graduated from South French Broad High School which is at the site of, now, Asheville Middle School. She attended Mars Hill College. She obtained her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Library Science. She worked as a teacher assistant for four years at Claxton Elementary School. Upon graduation, she immediately got a job at Johnston Elementary School, in the Buncombe County School System. Her tenure at Johnston lasted almost 30 years. She retired in 2000. She is an adjunct instructor at AB Tech.
After learning of the “State” of Black Asheville, attending Building Bridges and attending and becoming involved in bringing the Racial Equity Institute to Asheville, she has developed a deep passion for creating EQUITY in Asheville-Buncombe County and beyond.
Bettie is a visionary, inventor, serial entrepreneur, event planner, graphic designer, website developer, organized, strategic and is meticulous in everything engaged in providing businesses, initiatives and opportunities that will benefit the African American community.