Michael Bartz is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado and grew up in Antigo, Wisconsin. He received his bachelor's degree in German and history from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He received his master's degree in German from Bowling Green State University. He is currently a German teacher at Tomah High School, a position he has held since 2002. He is also the World Language Department Chair, International Club Advisor and the Global Education Certificate Coordinator. He became a teacher to share the love of the German language and culture with his students, and has now been teaching for 14 years in all. During the 2014-2015 year, Mr. Bartz was the mentor for Mohamed Fawzy Khalil Ali from Aswan, Egypt, and during the 2015-2016 year, he was the mentor teacher for Nashaat Mehany from Minya, Egypt.