OBITUARY

Michael Ryan Birdwell

March 5, 1978September 6, 2018

Michael Ryan Birdwell was born on March 5, 1978 in Bakersfield, California and passed away on September 6, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado

Services

  • Graveside Service Sunday, September 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

Michael Ryan Birdwell

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Hilleri Vaughn

September 12, 2018

Some of the last words Mike said to me, "If its something you love, then go for it. "

Ali Alabbadi

September 12, 2018

One of the most creative teachers I've eer met, took the time to help all his students succeed even if he his teaching method wasn't traditional.

Natalia Papadopoulou

September 12, 2018

I was one of Mr. Birdwell's students in ACS from 2015-2016, and was lucky to share two of the most important moments of my life with him. Mr. Birdwell was a key figure in helping me build a computer lab for refugees living in the Gaza Camp. Though the project seemed far-reaching to many, Mr. Birdwell believed in my vision, and always helped me find solutions to problems I encountered. Mr. Birdwell was a humanitarian; unlike what most teachers would do, he let me put the project out of the context of "school" simply because he wanted to see a difference be made. Even if that meant missing A LOT of class, he retained his trust in my project, and in the cause.

Thanks to his support, we got the attention of the College Board and travelled to Anaheim to speak at the AP Conference in 2016. It was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life, and will never forget Mr. Birdwell's reaction when he found out that 2 of his students were amongst the 3 that would speak at this renowned conference. That's right, Mr. Birdwell, of all AP teachers worldwide, was one of two teachers that were chosen for this conference. If that alone isn't proof of his hard work, passion and intellect, then I don't know what is.

Here is the e-mail that I received from Mr. Birdwell that I will never forget.

"N,
In contact with the College Board. You have stirred the pot, my girl. I'm so happy.
We'll need to be in close contact the next few days; please keep this account open on your phone.
Relax some.
And just sit and be damned proud. I'll let you know more the moment I do.
Mr. B"

Anaheim 2016 was the last time I saw Mr. Birdwell, but having spent three full days around him, I got to know him much better and will never forget how big of a heart he had. I pray for his family and friends, and that they stay strong during this hard time. I'm in Amman, and if theres any support I can provide from here, please contact me at nxpapadopoulou@gmail.com.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Joe Gates

September 11, 2018

When I got to Bolivia I didn’t know a soul, knew zero Spanish and had no place to live. You and Wendy were the first people I met there. You taught me Spanish, found a place for all of us to live and made me feel like a friend from day one. I will never forget you Mike. Love you man.

FROM THE FAMILY