Ms. Runyon was born and raised in Tremont, Illinois. She became a Green Bay Packer fan growing up. She graduated from Illinois State University with a B. S. in Physical Education. In 1978, she moved to Madison and began substitute teaching. In January of 1979 she was hired by Sister Mary Krantz to teach P.E. at St. Francis. Ms. Runyon has also taught at St Maria Goretti, St. Michael's in Dane, and she's also currently teaching at St. John's in Spring Green.