Dr. Orval Simon-Bower taught Social Studies for Palm Beach County Schools for 30 years. He also taught History at Palm Beach Community College two nights a week for 19. He is an Ohio native and after serving in the US Coast Guard for 4 years – attended The Ohio State University in Columbus. He met and married a Cuban-American; Lourdes there and they moved to Florida the following year to be near her family. Orval continued his studies at FAU, UNF and Ashcroft University during his teaching career. They have 2 daughters; Lauren, a research chemist in St. Louis and Jilian, an accountant in Nashville.