Empathy – I think this is a great quality Founders should seek to have. I admire the fact that Robyn D. Shulman is able to empathize and use her voice as an educator to influence others and create something that would be of optimal benefit to the youth. Her own experiences shaped her intentions and inspired her to build an initiative bigger than herself – a true founder indeed!
Robyn D. Shulman, M.Ed., is the founder of EdNews Daily and the Sr. Editor of Thought-Leadership for 51Talk U.S., a leading online education startup in China. She is also an education technology and management thought-leader featured with Influencers at LinkedIn. Her career began as an elementary teacher and transitioned into higher education, where she launched the first graduate advising program in the history of National Louis University, working with over 2,500 educators and 100 professors. As an education journalist, she contributes to Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Next Web. She has collaborated with edtech startup founders and interviewed the likes of Shaan Patel, André Thomas, Karl Mehta, Susan Crown, Christopher Gray, Po-Shen Lo and more.
Why did you start your initiative?
I launched my initiative because I wanted to provide a resource and a voice for educators.
As an educator, what do you think are your greatest achievements that may have contributed largely to the success of your organisation?
My greatest achievements that contributed to my current success consist of the following: understanding the education ecosystem as a teacher and former academic advisor (K-12 and higher education), self-motivation, ongoing learning, and patience. Also, because I live in this system, I can empathize and have great discussions with those in the field.
What sacrifices have you had to make in order to become a successful founder?
How does being a Founder affect your personal life and space?
Being a founder can be overwhelming at times because my work life and home quickly blend. Also, my work in education gives me two perspectives: one as a teacher, and one as a parent. My eyes are always open to things that take place in education – some good, some not so good. And, sometimes, knowing too much can be worrisome.
What motivates you as an educator and a founder?
Youth motivates me. My childhood was challenging, and that is why I went into education. I wanted to give back. Education was my ticket out of poverty. It always comes down to how I help kids either through the classroom or sharing the stories that help teachers become better at their jobs.
What advice would you give to people seeking to improve their English skills?
Immerse yourself in English as much as possible. Use music to learn and improve your skills. Don’t be afraid to speak, and ask questions when you don’t understand. There is never a dumb question. Attend free classes and workshops when possible. Also, don’t let anyone tell you to forget your first language. Being bilingual is a gift.
About EdNews Daily
EdNews Daily is a 21st-century digital education magazine with a focus on K-12, higher education, and innovation in the classroom. They work with Shark Tank winners, education innovators, and partner with various organizations such as Reimagine Education and Teacher Coach.