Jean started writing professionally at Midwestern State University, working as a newspaper reporter and literary magazine editor. She also taught English to non-native speakers at MSU's Intensive English Language Institute. After graduation, she switched to part-time work as a substitute teacher and then freelance journalism to stay home with her growing family. She and her husband, Jim, homeschooled their three children from the start and graduated their oldest last year. Now adults who've flown the nest, they continue to amaze her and lead her into new adventures. While homeschooling, she channeled her enthusiasm for words by leading writing classes and a drama club for local homeschoolers, and she currently teaches for Brave Writer (which she began in 2007).
Jean is a veteran instructor of high school students and an expert at helping students become proficient in the SAT and ACT timed writing tests.