Kenneth Graupmann was born in Glencoe, Minnesota in 1942. As he progressed through school, he had many excellent teachers. These teachers helped him decide to become an educator. After graduating from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska, he spent 18 years teaching in grades five to eight in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
In 1982, he has a desire to move west and accepted a position to teach in the Kadoka School System in South Dakota. Here Ken's love for Earth science grew, and he began to attend workshops promoting that field. He had the great fortune to attend four NASA workshops that helped him develop a space curriculum for the benefit of his students.
After Ken retired, he learned that the South Dakota Discovery Center was looking for someone to teach science in the Century 21 After School programs. This led to doing summer academic camps that included a space camp using many of NASA's materials. Through the Discovery Center, he was able to attend an orientation on the space curriculum of the GEMS program, which he then taught in workshops for South Dakota teachers
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
- Henry B. Adams