John Guthrie is an experienced teacher and educational technologist who has taught preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school children for the past eight years in the Detroit and Ann Arbor, MI areas. He is passionate about educating children through an integrated curriculum that ties technology to authentic experiences. His primary career goal is to help children, parents, and educators become more technologically proficient, and he believes that the best way of doing so is to integrate the technology into the schools rather than simply teach it. He is well-versed in multiple educational technology tools, including Blackboard, Moodle, Dreamweaver, and Mobile App Development.
Though he is now in his dream job, John Guthrie did not always know that he would become a teacher. He is a former Marine, having served in the Marine corps for five years. He was stationed in California, Okinawa, Japan, and the Middle East. After completing his service, John worked in construction as a millwright in auto plants and in power plants. Though he enjoyed the work, it took a toll on his personal life, because the jobs often prevented him from returning home on the weekends and holidays. By chance, a friend of his from Church needed help with the preschool section, and John volunteered. The experience allowed him to discover his true passion for teaching, and he decided to pursue this goal.
After deciding to become a teacher, John went back to school. He enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Eastern Michigan University, from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.90 GPA. Throughout his B.S., he maintained Dean’s List status every semester, and received three Minors and Endorsements in Early Childhood, Math, and Reading Specialist. After graduating with the highest honors from Eastern Michigan University, John taught for four years. He then went back to school for a Master of Educational Technology from Boise State University, while simultaneously teaching. His education was financed by the Marine Corps through the G.I. Bill, for which he is very thankful. John is the first in his family to obtain a college degree.
Aside from teaching, he has a variety of hobbies and interests that include inland boating, freshwater fishing, and camping. John loves the outdoors, and is always looking to visit a great state park; concurrently, he enjoys finding out about the best RV’s and campers with which to go on his next camping adventure. John is also interested in motorcycles, and loves and admires the virtues of therapy dogs.