Jerome Parent is a Vietnam veteran who has been an adjunct professor of English Composition since 2002. He retired from public school teaching and is now a GED instructor at a reentry center. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and has four decades of teaching experience in a number of subjects and with students who range in ages from preschool to adult. He was the head writer for a 2-year United States Space Foundation science curriculum project and has done technical writing and editing for a variety of companies in the Pikes Peak region. He has sold several short stories and a screenplay.