Michael J. Walzer made the decision to go into the education field after an experience of tutoring at a Catholic grade school when he was a senior at Walsh Jesuit Catholic High School. It was a third-grade class and the teacher lived across from where his parents lived. He enjoyed the tutoring so much, which solidified his decision to go to college and major in elementary education. In his own academic pursuits, he earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Kent State University in 1976. From 1976 to 2006, he remained a passionate full-time educator for grades 5 to 9 within the Akron Public School system. As a substitute teacher, he has taught the full spectrum of grades between K through 12. He endeavors to resume teaching once the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided. Mr. Walzer was also involved as a coach for the soccer and track and field teams.
In addition to watching his student’s successes in and out of the classroom, Mr. Walzer is a poet, with works being published by Eber and Wein Publishers in 2014 and 2017. These works are titled, ‘The Many Colors of Vinny Vango’ and ‘Staking a Claim.’ With a strong sense of being involved within his community, he has been a poll worker with the Summit County Board of Elections since 2016 and has contributed as a donator to the Kent State Alumni Association as well as high school scholarship funds.