J. Michael Stearns
After graduation, I attended the
University of Missouri-St. Louis where I majored in English and minored in
Education and German. I received my B.A. degree and my secondary English
teaching credentials in 1971. I was a member of the Missouri Air National Guard
from 1972 through 1977.
Although I never taught in the public
sector on a full-time basis, I did gravitate toward teaching and have made my
career as a private-sector trainer, training program designer and training
manager. I worked for the better part of two decades in the hospitality
industry and for the past 10 years in technology and computer software.
In 1984, I pursued my love of flying and
earned my private pilot license. Today, I'm a commercial pilot with single
and multi-engine ratings. I also have an instrument rating and hold a
current Certified Flight Instructor certificate. The picture you see here
of Harrison Ford and myself (I don't think I've changed a bit!) was taken on
April 12, 2008. I'm a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
and an active participant in the Young Eagles program, which gives free airplane
rides to young people between the ages of 8 and 17. Harrison is our
national chairman and joined our chapter that day to fly his share of eager
I've made my home in the "OC" in sunny southern California for the past 27 years.
Mike Stearns’ 1956 Beechcraft Bonanza