Bio: Mike grew up in the south-west corner of Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln receiving B.A. in Geology and a Masters in Secondary Education and Teaching before moving to California. After teaching high school science in both Stockton and Elk Grove, Mike and a vice principal, Dr. Hasan Abdulmalik, created the Courageous Connection Program. In 2010, Mike was presented the Foster Care Change of a Lifetime Award at the California Capitol Kick-Off for National Foster Care Month. That same year, Courageous Connection applied for non-profit status. Mike continues to work for the Elk Grove School District as an on-site foster youth resource teacher as well as working directly with current and former foster youth through Courageous Connection.