Mr. Ford was my sixth-grade writing teacher, and as a senior English major I still consider him the most influential teacher of my writing career. Mr. Ford taught me to think like a writer. By challenging and encouraging me, he inspired in me a great enthusiasm for the written word that has carried me to this day.
Kirsten Slungaard, Harvard University ’10
Mr. Ford provided me with rigorous training in the fundamentals of writing. His expert guidance gave me the writing foundations to be successful in school. The skills I learned in his class have been indispensable in my academic endeavors.
Molly Schnell, University of Chicago ’11
As my English teacher, Mr. Ford went above and beyond the call of duty. I’ll always remember his attention to detail. His frankness coupled with his dedication to improving his students’ writing skills proved invaluable. His class prepared me very well for academia in years to come.
Malcolm Kerr, Colby College ’13
The thing I like most about Mr. Ford is that he isn’t an English teacher because he couldn’t do something else; he is an English teacher because he knows and loves English.
Chris Dale, Como Park High School (St. Paul) ’10
Even now, years later, I have to explain to students at UCLA the rules of grammar that I learned in Mr. Ford’s class. Both rules and creativity are needed to be a good writer, and Steve Ford’s deft handling of both was one of the things that made his class so enjoyable.
Christopher Geno, UCLA ’12