Ms. Spears attended Kean College of Union, New Jersey, where she earned her BSW. She began her social work career at the Annandale Juvenile Correctional facility of Annandale, New Jersey. Ms. Spears was assigned to the Trap Program, an inmate substance abuse program, where she provided substance abuse counseling. After a few years, Ms. Spears moved on to the Department of Human Services, Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) the New Jersey Child Welfare agency, where she was employed as an investigator. During the course of her employment at the Division, she maintained many positions such as Policy & Planning Analyst and NJ Adolescent Services Manager. After 33 year of service she retired from her final position of Mercer County Area Office as the Area Office Manager.
Several years later, Ms. Spears rejoined the social work community as the Assistant Social Work Director of the Urban Pathways Organization of New York, NY. After some time, she returned to the New Jersey workforce and procured a position with the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation. Ms. Spears states “this position affords me the opportunity to work on what really matters, families and children."