MEET DONALD WALKER
“Education must not simply teach work – it must teach life.“ W. E. B. Du Bois
A graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy in Communications, with an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a two-time graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts (in Broadcasting, and Digital Media), Donald Walker has been a member of the media community since 1988. He has worked as an announcer at WJFM 93.7 Grand Rapids, and in Detroit at Mix 92.3 and Oldies 104.3 WOMC. Donald spent ten years at the Specs Howard School of Media Arts as a teacher and Director of Education helping others to achieve their dreams of working in the broadcast and video production industries.
Currently he is Director of Multimedia at Detroit School of Arts, is an advisory board member of North Farmington High School's video program, a board member of Digital Arts Film and Television (DAFT) and a 2020 Specs Howard School of Media Arts Hall of Fame inductee. Donald is married to his beautiful wife and blessed with three children. His oldest children graduated from Farmington Public Schools and his youngest is currently enrolled in FPS. He loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe, science fiction movies and shows, is a member in good standing with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a deacon at Oakland Church of Christ.
During his 10 years at Specs Howard School, Donald started out as a part-time Lab Assistant working with students on their audio production and radio broadcast projects. It was during this time he developed his philosophy that to educate or train is to serve. His dedication to his students' success earned him a promotion to full-time Lab Assistant and, later, Audio Instructor. In the classroom, Donald re-discovered the wonder and beauty of "doing something you love and never having to work a day in your life". This was an ideal he worked to infuse in everything he taught his students. His passion and success in the classroom, as evidenced by consistently high student ratings and class awards, earned his promotions to: Audio Department Supervisor, Assistant Director of Education, and finally Director of Education (principal). His administrative duties allowed him to scale up his influence over both the audio and video departments while constantly working with his fellow instructors to keep the school's curriculum level with industry standards.
After leaving Specs Howard, the Communication Department of Detroit Public Schools hired Donald to be the Program Director of 90.9 WDTR. When WDTR later became WRCJ 90.9 Detroit’s Classical and Jazz Station, Donald's position changed to Production Director of WRCJ.
It was during his time as the "voice of the station", Donald re-trained himself and became the videographer and editor of Digital Media Arts for the Detroit Public Schools’ Communications Department. During his entire time at DPS - now Detroit Public Schools Community District - Donald, produced student profiles, news programming, instructional videos, interviews, robocalls, and mentored/trained students, specifically those of the Detroit School of Arts.
Now, his career trajectory has led him to become the Director-Multimedia for Detroit School of Arts (DSA) Film, Video and Audio Production program, where his leading responsibilities are: building business relationships and partnerships, developing resources, and creating job awareness and internship opportunities to support the career and technical education program at DSA. In addition, he oversees the full restoration of the digital production facilities (3 video production studios and an internet radio station/audio production studio) for the students of DSA.
If you can't serve, then you can't lead!