Chris Nihmey, co-author of A Quarter Past Three, also known as Mr. Nihmey by his former students, taught for two years with the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board, at St. Thomas More Elementary and St. George Elementary. When he was a supply teacher with the Board, his students knew him as "Crazy Chris." Born and raised in Ottawa (same house for 26 years!), he went to Holy Family Elementary School and attended St. Patrick's High School. He graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario.