Gary Tsuruda teaches seventh-and eighth-grade mathematics at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, California, was a member of the 1992 California State Mathematics Framework committee, and served as school coordinator for the Bay Area Math Project in 1993. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 1969 and his M.A. in Math Education from the University of San Francisco in 1977. From 1973 to 1983 he was an instructor in mathematics education at the college of Notre Dame in Belmont, California; he was also a K-8 curriculum consultant in math and science from 1980 to 1985. He received the Teacher of the Year Award from the San Mateo City School district in 1988 and was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 1989.