Jay Gowen has worked in education for nearly two decades, teaching elementary, middle, and high school. Currently, he is an achievement specialist for a nationwide network of charter schools. In his spare time, he writes and cooks—the more complicated the recipe, the better. He and his wife are parents of two children, a 15-year-old gifted with ADHD and a 13-year-old gifted with autism. They live in Houston, Texas.