Steve Heyd is a graduate of Grand Forks Central High School, and attended the University of North Dakota with degrees in English, education, and a school administration.

Right after completing his English degree, Steve was a ND journalist for a time before accepting a teaching position in Japan. That decision led him into an education career as an English teacher and/or school principal in three states: North Dakota, Minnesota, and Tennessee.

Steve has two children: Alex. who is a mechanical engineer in Jamestown, and Ashley, who works in a school specializing in autism in St. Paul, MN.