Hi. I'm Jesse.
I’m OBSESSED with helping people learn.
I've clocked a lot of hours
Hi! I’m Jesse Tervooren. I firmly believe that when you really know (and like) the people you work with, everything is more fun, fruitful and fulfilling. Here are a few facts to get to know me a little bit.
- A mom to a spirited three year old (and a 7 lb. fur baby)
- A learning architect, designer, trainer, coach, consultant and speaker
- A coffee fanatic (ok, fine…addict)
- On a mission to eliminate bad training
- Always up for trying a new restaurant
- Zealous in helping you build, organize, deliver, and measure training that actually drives results
- A total psychology nerd
- Fixated on the power of people and performance
- A Birkenstock wearing, oat milk drinking, yoga practicing, Pacific Northwest gal through and through
I'm on a mission to help people learn
For me, this started years ago. But as much as I hate to admit it, I wasn’t a big reader as a kid. Books rarely kept my interest. Yet, I remember one book I picked up daily and toted around with me everywhere. It wasn’t Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Goosebumps. (Though as a 90’s kid, I did enjoy those…)
The book was 10,000 Dreams Interpreted…and I was hooked.
I was CONVINCED that when I grew up, I would be a professional dream interpreter. I figured that wasn’t a real profession, so I latched on to the closest thing I could—psychology. My interest started in middle school, grew in high school, and took over in college where I double-majored in psychology and sociology at the University of Oregon.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been captivated by understanding the intricacies of human behavior and why people do what they do. What started as an eight-year-old trying to predict the future through dreams turned into a lifelong love of studying what makes people tick.
I started my career as a middle school math teacher. That was short-lived. I loved teaching, but teaching MIDDLE SCHOOLERS requires a type of patience I simply do not possess. But I will forever be thankful for that experience because it unlocked my love for teaching and training. I just prefer to work with adult learners.
In addition to teaching, I spent time as a sales trainer, operations manager, and marketing director prior to settling into my home as a consultant, trainer, and coach. I spent five years as a training consultant and coach in healthcare where I went on to lead the department and develop my team.
As a trainer, there is nothing worse than having to use subpar materials. This is what piqued my interest in instructional design. I became engrossed in understanding why and how certain techniques, styles, and designs resonated and others fell flat. I doubled down on this new interest and obtained a Certification in Talent Development, specializing in instructional design. I also became a certified Adobe Captivate Designer and immersed myself in the (then budding) world of eLearning.
Prior to founding Element, I spent the last two and a half years of my corporate life working for a dental training and education company. It was there that I developed an enormous body of intellectual property, and built a full-service learning and development team from the ground up.
I started Element because I know the value and impact training can have—not only on organizations but also on their people. Training doesn’t have to be complicated.