Faye Nisonoff Ruopp currently works as an independent consultant in mathematics professional development in New England and New York City. Previously she taught high school math for twenty-two years, directed several National Science Foundation mathematics professional development projects at Education Development Center, Inc., was a university instructor at Brandeis University, Simmons College, and Worcester State College, served as the principal investigator for Glencoe's Impact Mathematics middle school series, and wrote an online algebraic thinking course for WGBH/The Annenberg Foundation. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with her husband, Charlie; they have one son Marcus.
Paula Poundstone is a single mom with three children. She is a regular panelist on National Public Radio's weekly news quiz show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me and tours across the country. Paula has made frequent appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She was the first female to win a Cable ACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for her HBO special, Cats, Cops, and Stuff. Paula maintains a successful website at www.paulapoundstone.com. She published her first nonmathematical book with Crown in 2006.