Mike Ford began his college career at Washburn University in Topeka , Kansas , he graduated in May, 1979 with a BA in Communication Arts. In June of 1983 he was certified to teach science, English, Social Studies, and math. In August 2000 Ford received his MS in Geosciences from Mississippi State University . Due to Ford's interest in Earth/Space science, he has changed the entire curriculum of his classes to focus on this area. Ford is currently teaching at Kickapoo Nation School where he teaches Earth and Space Science, Space Science and Advanced Space Science. Since he has started teaching, Ford has won the Toyota TAPESTRY Grant (1993), Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Grant (2000)--which went to building a robotic observatory, the Milken Family Fellowship Award (2001), and the Kansas Air Force Association Educatior of the Year Award (2006). He as also been involved in several programs to include POPS (University of California-Berkeley (1994), Galileo Fellowship –Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1995), and Solar System Educators Program –SSEP (1996). Ford's wife, Karen teaches at Holton High School , they have son, Michiel, who also attends Holton. Ford's hobbies include astronomy and photography. He has been involved in astronomy as an amateur for over 40 years, participating in many observing programs. Ford is a member of NSTA , NEA , NMLSTA , NESTA , and the Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers League (NEKAAL).