Meet Jeff Utecht!
Jeff Utecht is the CEO and one of the founding members of Eduro Learning. Prior to founding Eduro Learning, Jeff was a K-6 teacher. In 2005, he started his blog The Thinking Stick and made a shift towards educational technology. He has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Technology, and has a K-12 Admin Certification in Washington State.
A Q&A with Jeff
Why did you start Eduro Learning?
I’m constantly looking for ways to help and support students, educators and schools globally. Kim and I successfully started COETAIL and graduates of that program were asking us “what’s next” so we started Eduro Learning to be the next stage of learning for educators.
What is your favorite course Eduro offers?
I’m really excited about our micro-credentials that we’re getting ready to launch. They will allow educators to get some in-depth PD, earn hours toward recertification and be able to show their learning.
What is your favorite part about your work with Eduro?
My favorite part about eduro is working with school districts and educators over multiple years. It allows us to see growth both at the teacher level and school wide. As a consultant you usually don’t get to see growth over time, but working long term with educators you see the growth both in their ability to integrate technology effectively and the growth of their students.
What sets Eduro apart from the competition?
We are all educators who have worked in 1:1 schools, have supported teachers K-12 and taught at the university level. Education is our passion, it’s what we do, it’s our passion and our life’s work.
Do you have any other projects you’re working on?
I’m constantly working on projects. My projects are usually around helping schools think through the 1:1 rollout process. Each school district is different and unique and I love sitting down with admin and figuring out the plan that best fits that school and community.
Where do you live?
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
- Working on our 90 year old house
- Watching baseball
- Tasting my way through Washington wines
Is there a fun fact you’d like our readers to know?
I’m a big baseball fan. My blog, The Thinking Stick is named after a bat I have and taught with in the classroom. My podcast channel is called, On Deck to stay with the baseball theme. If I’m not online thinking about education, I’m at a Mariners games with my wife enjoying a game.