Mike came to teaching from the professional science world. After attaining a B.A. in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, he worked in a drug screening lab at Cornell University testing race horses for the State of New York. He then worked as a biological technician for the U.S. Forest Service in northern Colorado. Later, Mike was employed by a veterinary pharmaceutical company to perform FDA trials for a new pharmaceutical product and was also a barley breeding technician for a major brewer in Colorado.