Zac Johnson is originally from Michigan, where he earned a bachelor's degrees in humanities and religious studies at Michigan State University before heading south to earn a Master's degree in American Religious History at Florida State University. After graduate school, he shifted gears to enter the world of K-12 education, teaching first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While in Milwaukee, he served as a member of the ACLU of Wisconsin's Milwaukee Chapter board, and as a mentor for the We Got This! community gardening and mentoring program, while teaching 4th grade and designing a K-6 computer science curriculum.
In 2016, he returned to Tallahassee, where he has taught both GED classes and at the elementary level. He currently teaches 5th grade reading and social studies. Outside the classroom, he is active in local organizing and advocacy around education issues through the Leon Classroom Teachers Association, Florida Education Association, and AFL-CIO Big Bend Labor Council, as well as statewide initiatives aimed at supporting early career educators with Florida's Young Remarkable Educators (FYRE). As member of the Leon Classroom Teachers Association, he has served on the contract bargaining team and legislative committee. Recently, he completed the National Education Association's pre-Uniserv training program in preparation for further work at the state affiliate level.