Two years after Mike Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, began homeschooling in 1981, he joined forces with Michael Farris to launch HSLDA. Smith served as vice president for 17 years, becoming president of the organization in 2000. This year marks his 29th with HSLDA. Three of the Smiths' four children graduated from homeschooling and all have graduated from college. Mike is also active in The Gideons International.