Robbie McCarty received a BA from the University of Arizona and a Masters from the University of San Francisco. A life long educator in Fountain Valley School District, California, she taught mainly middle school math, science, and computer classes before moving to the district office to start technology staff development for teachers.
She grew up in Tucson arriving with her parents at the start of second grade, beginning her love of the desert and its minerals. In the early 1970’s she and husband Bill wandered into the recently opened Laguna Beach shop, Kristalle. With Wayne and Dona Leicht as mentors, they began their collection of Arizona minerals, a portion of which has been on display at the University of Arizona Mineral Museum since 2012.