James Higbie was born in Michigan and earned a BA at Denison University (Granville, Ohio) and an MA in English as a Second Language at the University of Hawaii. He has taught and worked on education projects in Sierra Leone, Hawaii, Thailand, Laos, and Sudan, and has an active interest in linguistics and language learning.

Snea Thinsan was born in Phayao province and received a BEd (English) from Chiang Mai University and an MEd in TESOL from Sydney University in Sydney, Australia. He is currently a PhD candidate as a Fulbright scholar at the School of Education, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). He has taught English and linguistics in his position as lecturer at Chiang Mai University.