Jack grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and attended public schools there, graduating from Myers Park High School in 1962. He enrolled at Clemson College, transferred to UNC-Charlotte in his sophomore year, majored in English, and went to The University of Tennessee for graduate school. Mr. Gale “fell into” teaching in the fall of 1968 at Parkwood High School in Union County. He apparently enjoyed the experience enough that he continued at Parkwood, teaching English, including all levels of English courses, until his retirement in 1998. In the fall of 1998, he joined Tutorials, began working with homeschoolers, and has been doing so ever since.