Caryn has fantastic memories of the three years she spent teaching, and considers the relationships she built with students to be one of her greatest successes. She developed an obsession with tools and technology emerging to support learning. When computers that she relied on were replaced with smart boards between her second and third year teaching, she became interested in how schools procure technology and make choices about which tools to use, and how those decisions affect students. Her career has since focused on creating solutions and tools that help improve education and student experiences.
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I loved small group instruction. I taught for 3 years, and by the second year, I could see that my kids were really growing and becoming independent. I learned what it meant to have a purpose-driven life and how urgent this work is. I learned how much relationships with students meant to me.
I learned how influential technology and design can be to students’ ability to learn, and I wanted a career that focused on that. I developed a deep sense of empathy, which is critical for a designer. Teaching is one big prototype. It’s a constant iteration and improvement.