After graduating at Brown in 1958 Jere Key went to Mercer University in Macon, GA. Completing ROTC, I entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. After two years service at Fort Bliss, TX, I began a teaching career that would last a little over 33 years. My first year of teaching didn't go so well, so I resigned and went to graduate school at Abilene Christian University in Texas. Upon receiving my MA degree in History, I returned to teaching, but in physical education. Over my career I taught sixteen years of PE and seventeen years of world geography, all at the middle school level. In addition, I coached three sports for most of that time. I maintained active status in the Army Reserves for twenty eight years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1991. I had lots of wonderful experiences and liked to think I made a difference in some of my students' lives.

I met my wife, Marion, during my first year of teaching in 1965. She was a teacher in the same school. We married in 1968 and stayed in Macon for two more years. The courts really messed up the Bibb County Schools, so we left and moved to Morrow, GA in 1970. After ten years, I was burned out, so I accepted a contract in the Fayette County School System and stayed there the remainder of my career, retiring in 2000, but then coming back half time for two more years. Marion finished her teaching career at Clayton State University. Daughter Lori was born in 1973. She is now teaching middle school world geography in Cobb County. Son Scott, born in 1978, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University. He is a Captain in the U.S. Army enroute to a new assignment in Maryland. He has had two tours in Iraq prior to this move. I have three grandchildren: Joshua (8) and Bryan (5) are Scott's sons, and Abby (3) belongs to Lori and her husband, Scott Cuppari.