Gerald P. Simmons Jr. was born in Vicenza, Italy and raised mostly in Lawton, Oklahoma. By the age of five Gerald saw more of the world than most people will see all of their lives. These places include Italy, Alabama, Colorado, Germany, and Oklahoma.
Gerald left Italy at the age of 4 months and from there he went to Alabama (where both of his parents are from), Fort Carson Colorado, Augsburg Germany (where he started Kindergarten), Lincoln Alabama again (still in Kindergarten), and Lawton Oklahoma (still in Kindergarten). Needless to say, Mr. Simmons had the pleasure of seeing his Kindergarten teacher in Lawton, Oklahoma for 2 years straight. If you have not figured it out yet Gerald was what we call an Army Brat. From K – 6th grade Gerald lived in the Lawton/Fort Sill Oklahoma area. Then in the sixth grade it was back to Lincoln Alabama where he finished sixth grade. Seventh grade was spent in Wurzburg Germany Middle School, eighth and some of ninth grade was spent in Bamberg Germany High School, and the remainder of ninth grade on through twelfth grade was spent in Lawton Oklahoma at Eisenhower Junior High and High School. Gerald is a middle child and has an older sister and younger brother. His little brother, which he has dedicated his book to, passed from cancer back in 2001. Today Gerald is married to his high school sweetheart going on eleven years this month (28th) Denise, and together they have two sons named Keyonte (12) and Jaylin (5).
Prior to taking his calling as an author/motivational speaker, Gerald was a High School football star in Lawton Oklahoma’s Eisenhower High School. He attended East Central University in Ada Oklahoma where he continued to play football. At the age of 20 he decided to serve his country for six years as a decorated Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Before he got out of the Army he obtained his Associates Degree in Architectural Drafting from Intellitec College in Colorado Springs Colorado. He has recently returned to school in pursuit of his Bachelors in Psychology from Kaplan Online University. Gerald believes that his tips will help the reader spiritually, financially and mentally.
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