Keith Westman – Not Easier. More Efficient

By Eryka Desrosiers

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A lifelong educator, Keith Westman has spent his entire professional career working in K-12 education and education-related fields. After serving as a middle school principal, a technology coordinator, and a third-grade teacher, Keith became the fourth employee of Aspex Solutions (acquired by Frontline Education in 2014) and led the sales and marketing efforts which led to Aspex serving over 3,000 school district clients throughout the US, Canada, and Asia.

Keith now serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Chicago-based Otus. In addition to his day job, Keith serves as an adjunct professor in the Graduate College of Education at DePaul University in Chicago.

Keith has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University Chicago, a master’s degree in education from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from National-Louis University.

In this interview, we discuss how being a “bad” student and repeatedly being told “no” prepared him for the entrepreneurial world. We discuss how the skills you learn as a teacher can be transferred anywhere, how technology should be used to make us more efficient and how to manage expectations to avoid deception.

You can find out more and reach Keith here:
Twitter: @KeithWestman
LinkedIn: Keith Westman