During this time, she developed the work experience programme for BBC Science and was involved in a theatre company with friends which taught 5-18 year olds Drama. Subsequently, in 2010 she decided she wanted to build her career around developing young people full time. She switched careers in 2010, training to be a teacher at the University of Warwick and winning the Nesta Howells award for Outstanding Endeavour in the process. After gaining some TEFL experience teaching International Summer School, she moved to teach at BISS Puxi in August 2013.
Gemma is passionate about stories and how they are told. Whether it be through the medium of TV, film, writing or the internet she is interested in exploring not only the stories themselves but what they reveal about the societies and people they emerge from. She is motivated by empowering students to help them become an active audience to the myriad of information around them and develop their empathy through the understanding of other lives and experiences. She loves to travel and is a keen photographer. Having taken a break from theatre, she enjoys more relaxed open mike singing and attending music festivals whenever she gets the chance.
What the students say about me...
‘Without doubt one of the most unique teachers I’ve ever met. Her sense of humour is amazing and she’s so down to earth, one of the easiest people to talk to.’
‘She is great fun and a real inspiration.’
‘She inspired all of us to achieve and to view the world with open eyes’