Gemma is an experienced teacher and leader, having worked across all year groups in private and state schools, both in her hometown of Portsmouth and internationally. She is passionate about using technology to enhance teaching and learning, whilst reducing teacher workload and equipping all children with the necessary skills to learn and work in the 21st century. Gemma will often talk openly about some of the barriers she faces with her Dyslexia and uses these experiences to then advocate how technology can support both children and adults with additional needs.
Since joining the Educational Technologist team at United Learning in January 2021, Gemma has supported many schools across the trust as well as playing an active part in the Department of Education’s EdTech Demonstrator Programme. This has included: producing materials, offering webinars and training sessions, and working with senior leaders (both at school and trust level) to develop their digital strategy. More recently, Gemma has been working with the Portsmouth Education Partnership to develop a city-wide digital city project, where “No one school, child or family are left behind”. With her experience in coaching and mentoring, she has also been supporting ITEs and ECTs/NQTs across the South Coast and through the United Teaching Network as they begin their teaching careers so that they have the confidence and expertise to teach in the 21st century classroom.
As well as being a fully qualified Primary School Teacher and holding a Global Master of Business Administration, Gemma is a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, Apple Teacher and is currently working towards her Google for Education qualifications.