Science and astronomy teacher Michiel Ford's dynamic instruction inspires his students and colleagues at Holton High School in Holton to reach for the stars. Mr. Ford used a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Grant to construct - with student assistance - the state's first robotic observatory, allowing students to conduct astronomy research using CCD imaging technology and a robotic telescope. His students host public observing sessions as well as space parties for younger students. Mr. Ford has piloted several NASA- and JPL-sponsored space science programs, publishes monthly astronomy columns in several newspapers, and is a nationally recognized workshop presenter. He developed an outstanding broadcast journalism program in which students produce documentary and public service videos for the local television channel and promotional videos for the Economic Development Council. He also serves as adjunct instructor for astronomy and geology at Highland Community College.
1979 Washburn University of Topeka, B.A.