From teacher to user researcher: why teaching experience is relevant work experience

Milo approaches the tollbooth in his bedroom, in Jules Feiffer’s illustration from The Phantom Tollbooth. Illustration: Jules Feiffer
Mapping overlap between the qualifications of a teacher and a user researcher, with an ugly water stain
  • adopt a data-driven approach,
  • challenge unsupported assumptions about users,
  • develop strong relationships with stakeholders, and
  • thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic team environment.
Me, reviewing student work in a 4th grade classroom in Texas



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Drew Long

Drew Long


Freshly minted User Researcher and Designer finding my footing after a career in K-12 education