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Inspiring students for 43 years in Geneva

Steve Muzzi planned on venturing into the business world after graduating from St. John Fisher College in 1975.

Then he met Ed Tracey, who was just starting as principal of DeSales High School, Muzzi’s alma mater.

“He said, ‘We are looking for a business teacher.’ I went to a Catholic school and I went to a Catholic college … but I politely said, ‘I don’t think I can be a teacher,’” Muzzi recalled of that long-ago conversation. “Well, anyone who knew Ed Tracey knows he can be persistent. He said ‘Think about it,’ so I did and gave it a shot. I enjoyed it.”

Muzzi enjoyed teaching so much that he did it for 43 years — 25 at DeSales and the last 18 at Geneva High. He retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

A Geneva native, Muzzi graduated from DeSales in 1971 and went to Monroe Community College. He planned on going into the medical field.

“My two older sisters were nurses, and I worked part-time at Geneva General Hospital,” he said. “I looked into being an X-ray technician because MCC had a program for that, but it wasn’t quite for me. I switched to business administration and stayed at MCC for one more year before transferring to Fisher.”

Muzzi started teaching business at DeSales in the fall of 1975. He later earned a master’s degree in education from Nazareth College.

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