Rochelle Stephney-Roberson was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She grew up in a close-knit family where racial pride and importance of education were instilled from both parents. Rochelle received her bachelor of science degree in Education and a master’s degree in Library Science with emphasis on Elementary School Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. She began working in the Oklahoma City Public Schools system in 1981 and again in 1986. She has worked with and educated youth for over 25 years.