Kendall Ford is originally from Walla Walla, Washington. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Walla Walla College and a master’s degree in reading and literacy from Walden University. Ms. Ford is currently working on her National Board Certification. She is a kindergarten teacher at Naselle Elementary, a position she has held since 2013, where she is also the assistant softball coach. Ms. Ford became a teacher because she loves children and wants to contribute to their growth and development. She loves when she sees a student have an "aha" moment as he or she finally understands a concept. She has been a teacher for 10 years. Ms. Ford was the mentor teacher to Tan Jin from Sichuan, China (2015-2016), Ji Peipei from Rugao, China (2016-2017), and Li Jing from Hebei, China (2017-2018).