Gwendolyn Charvis began teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in 1973 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. She holds a B.A. in French from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and an M.A. in English from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her interests include Christian music, traveling, jigsaw puzzles, and computer games. Gwen and her husband have two sons and a daughter.