The founder of Learning Steps LLC, Kate Lynch ’09, develops educational apps for use by students independently and as part of her company’s online and in-person tutoring services.
Lynch knew she wanted to work with children in some capacity and considered becoming a pediatrician until she took a life-changing class in developmental psychology at Vanderbilt. “I had always taken my own learning very seriously, so I found that I enjoyed discovering how the learning process works, starting at a young age.”
Lynch began tutoring professionally in the Nashville area, applying her experience working in Baylor’s Writing Center as a peer tutor and in community service. From the beginning, Lynch considered how she could incorporate technology into her lessons. “I was always looking for apps to engage students, and there was a lack of what I needed,” she said.
I had always taken my own learning very seriously, so I found that I enjoyed discovering how the learning process works, starting at a young age.
To solve that problem, Lynch taught herself to code. After several months of extensive research and hard work, Lynch received approval from Apple for six apps she created for her tutoring and for parents to purchase. “Students who receive Learning Steps tutoring services benefit from technology-driven instruction with our apps, as well as supplementary tools that keep them engaged and provide motivation.”
What Lynch most enjoys about teaching is the opportunity to assess. She compares teaching to the diagnosing she would have done as a pediatrician. “I’m always thinking: What is the learning problem here? What can I do to help the student get better?"