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. While some of my college peers still stumble over apostrophes and misuse semicolons, I have been confident in my grammar skills since middle school. Mr. Ford taught me to think like a writer. After taking his class I felt capable of tackling writing in any form. By challenging and encouraging me, Mr. Ford inspired in me a great enthusiasm for the written word that has carried me to this day.
Kirsten Slungaard, Harvard University ’10
As my sixth-grade writing teacher, 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
Mr. Ford went above and beyond the call of duty as my sixth-grade English teacher. One thing I’ll always remember about my experience with Mr. Ford is his attention to detail. His scrutiny spared no grammatical error and left no blemish untouched. While this was frustrating at times, his frankness coupled with his absolute dedication to improving his students’ writing skills proved invaluable to me. 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 as a teacher 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 the rules of grammar that I learned in Mr. Ford’s sixth-grade class to students at UCLA. Though the class was filled with rules and note taking, I still remember his “open topic” creative writing project as a high point that year. 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