Alden Groves was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (similar to his hero, Will Smith). Upon graduating from high school, Alden attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he studied English literature and education. After completing his student-teaching requirement in 2015, he was awarded a South Carolina teaching license. He has several years’ experience volunteer tutoring in Philly. Alden spent his fourth-grade year in Amsterdam, where he learned Dutch by immersion—and developed a deep sympathy for ELL students. Alden also writes fiction and loves to read, watch sports, and eat good food.