Jean grew up in Northern Ohio.
She received a BS from Kent State University in Elementary & Special Education & a M.ED from City College in Computers & Technology in Education.
Jean has taught & tutored in elementary schools in Ohio, Utah & Montana for 30 years. When she left teaching, she began a career at the University of Montana: 15 years with the Rural Institute and 2 years with HealthCARE Montana. She is married with two grown daughters & one grandson. She enjoys outdoor activities, traveling & spending time with family.