About Michael

cropped-edtechakk-logo2.jpgMichael Hakkarinen is an instructional technology specialist from Utah who strives to provide not only the most effective, but the most balanced use of technology for public school districts and learning communities. From teaching teachers, to coaching administrators, to engaging students, and even talking legislatures off of ledges, Michael is always helping to drive solutions to the problems we create for ourselves in this exponentially accelerating world of technology. Michael speaks extensively around the country to boards, school districts, businesses and governments. When he isn’t behind a podium he can be found rock climbing in Big Cottonwood Canyon just up the street from his home in Salt Lake City,  mountain biking up mountains sides, skiing the slopes, searching for new ways to help people spend less time on their smartphones, or spending time with his spectacular stunning wife who helped proof read this bio.


University of Maryland, Bachelor of Arts in English
August 1990 – December 1994

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Master of Arts in Teaching
January 1999 – May 2002

Employment Experience

Utah Education Network (Salt Lake, UT)
December 2014 – current
Instructional Technology Trainer

Canyons School District (Sandy, UT)
July 2013 – December 2014
EdTech – teacher specialist supporting instructional technology

Frederick County Public Schools (Frederick, MD)
July 2002 – June 2013
TRT – Technology Resource Teacher
School based Teacher Specialist & Enrichment Specialist
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Grade 3 Classroom Teacher

Other Certifications

Apple Teacher
NearPod Certified Educator

National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care
Utah Olympic Park: 2018-current
Park City Mountain Resort: 2014-2017
Liberty Mountain Resort: 2011-2013

Things That Are More Enjoyable Than Work

Downhill Skiing
Uphill Skiing, just to get somewhere to then ski downhill of course
Rock Climbing
Mountain Biking
Hanging out with my daughter Laila, the talented photographer
Running barefoot across a gravel driveway

Michael Hakkarinen Resume 2018
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