Kathryn Robinson bio


Kathryn Robinson bio
kathryn@suwn.org Baton Rouge

Kathryn Robinson serves as Step Up's vice president of programs.

Kathryn has worked in the field of education and youth development for almost 25 years. She started as an elementary school teacher working in urban public schools in both Texas and Louisiana. In addition to her teaching experience, she has also worked as a school district official and in nonprofit leadership, working as a partner with schools across the country to provide program design and development in the areas of academics, socio-emotional learning, family engagement, and out-of-school time learning. Most recently, Kathryn served as the youth program director for the community development organization Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation, providing leadership on their K-12 afterschool and summer programming for Baton Rouge area youth.

Raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, Kathryn Robinson was born into a long line of educators. Educators who felt a duty and responsibility to provide their very best to educate, mentor and support those in their charge. While working with youth was not her initial career path, Kathryn quickly realized that her passion for helping others would best be fulfilled by following in the footsteps of those educators in her family.

Kathryn received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Spelman College and her master's degree in language and literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in the greater Baton Rouge area with her family. In her spare time, she can most likely be found either supporting her son's school by serving as the PTA secretary or providing informal college and career counseling to the young people in her life.

Get to Know Kathryn
What has your mentor taught you?
Principal Paula Johnson is an amazing educator, administrator, and person. She taught me the importance of intentional community building through fun, food, music, and relationships. She pushed her teachers to develop themselves both professionally and personally by offering us opportunities for growth in a myriad of ways... applying for grants, facilitating workshops, attending conferences, leading out-of-school time programs, meeting with financial planners, and more. She also never hesitated to jump in and teach students herself if ever there was a need. Many of the teachers I taught with under her leadership are now are either principals or in some other form of educational or youth development leadership themselves, and I'm sure her mentorship played a significant part in their journey, as it did in mine.

Which Step Up value resonates the most with you?
Respectful relationships is the Step Up value which resonates with me most, because I believe relationships are foundational to everything we do in all aspects of our lives. Treating others with empathy, dignity, and respect is the way I strive to move throughout the world.

What do you enjoy most about working at Step Up?
What I enjoy most about working at Step Up is the opportunity to help young people achieve their highest potential. Whether through expanding their awareness of career opportunities, helping them develop a network of peers and mentors who can provide support, or providing them with an understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the industry they desire, this is the type of work I find most fulfilling.

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