Elaine N. Marieb was a college teacher when she went back to school for an R. N. degree and an M. S. in gerontological nursing. She is Professor Emeritus of biology at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts and Visiting Professor at Edison Community College in Fort Myers, Florida. Her book, Human Anatomy and Physiology, is part of the Benjamin/Cummings Series in the Life Sciences.
Lori Smith is principal at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has served in public education for 15 years, 9 of which have been in school administration. She began her career as a high school biology and chemistry teacher in 1994 in Colorado. Her work and systematic implementation of RTI at Cheyenne Mountain has led to several state-level presentations, publications, and consultations on RTI implementation. Smith s commitment to action research on RTI at the secondary level was inspired by the support of Evelyn Johnson as Smith completes her doctoral degree in education leadership and administration.