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Jeff Utecht


Career Snapshot

I started my teaching career at a 4th grade teacher. To this day it is my favorite grade! Through the years, like most elementary teachers I have ended up teaching all grade levels in one form or another from K-6.

In 2005 I started my blog The Thinking Stick and that is when things took a turn towards educational technology. I was an elementary computer teacher at the time and just wrote about what my students were working on and my thoughts on how “computer time” was being integrated into their classroom.

“I like the days I get out of the office and get to spend training teachers face to face in workshops, institutes or as part of a district contract. Helping teachers help kids is my passion!”

In 2007 I co-wrote a plan to help my school go 1:1 6th-12th. Soon after we started that implementation process I moved schools and helped to write the plan and rollout the 1:1 at that school as well. I worked for a wiki company that wanted to get into the educational space, was asked to write a course for a university and next thing I know I’m keynoting conferences.

Today, my passion is still students and I am honored that I get to touch so many students’ lives though the work of their teachers. On days when I need a break from the company, I substitute teach in….you guessed it, any 4th grade class I can get my hands on.

Location: Seattle

Awards, Accolades, Honors
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Leadership Project Grant
  • Rated one of the top 100 Educational Bloggers by
  • Google Apps For Education Certified Trainer
  • Running
  • Wine Tasting
  • Technology
  • The Future


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