Interview with Christine Smith, CEO at LearnSTEMic LLC
Starting a business is a big achievement for many entrepreneurs, but maintaining one is the larger challenge. There are many standard challenges that face every business whether they are large or small. It is not easy running a company, especially in a fast-paced, ever-changing business world. Technology advances, new hiring strategies, and now, political changes coming with the new administration, all add to the existing business challenges that entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives have to deal with.
Maximizing profits, minimizing expenses and finding talented staff to keep things moving seem to be top challenges for both SMBs and large corporations. We have been interviewing companies from around the world to discover what challenges they are facing in their businesses. We also asked each company to share business advice they would give to a younger version of themselves.
Below is our interview with Christine Smith, CEO at LearnSTEMic LLC:
What does your company do?
Our company provides systemic professional development for K-12 administrators and teachers through an on-demand platform and in-person support. The curriculum is aligned to organizational goals and all professional learning is connected to measurement outcomes that provide indication of impact on student learning. Our focus is on STEM organizational priorities in support of instructional practices, cross-curricular alignment, real-world connections and mastery based learning.
What is your role? What do you enjoy most about your role?
I support my team by providing strategic guidance, connecting our team with the right partners and championing our mission internally and externally. I believe what we do makes a difference in the lives of teachers by providing timely and practical support. We want this generation of students to see adult learners thriving in technology infused classrooms and modeling good life long learning practices. I love being part of that movement.
What are the biggest challenges in your business right now?
As with many industries, shrinking budgets and competing priorities plague K-12 schools and provide our biggest challenge. Additionally, assessment tools tell us more about our students and their individual needs but teachers have less time to align lessons to support those needs. Teachers are limited in their time for professional learning and planning so we created our solution to be on-demand and personalized based on the individual teacher needs. Our activities are all designed to be immediately applicable within the classroom and leverage resources already budgeted by the schools.
If you could go back in time, what business advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
Experience has afforded me many gifts. The best advice I would give a younger me would be to “be still”. When you are an entrepreneur and always seeking to solve an unmet need, there is an excitement and impatience that accompanies the innovation. There are so many lessons to learn along the path of discovery and if you are always looking for what’s next, you miss some pretty important moments. Practicing being in the moment and appreciating the ride makes the arrival much more fulfilling.