If you follow us on social media then you’ll have virtually met me already, but for those of you that don’t, my name is Emma and I’m an Account Manager here at Edmentum International. My day-to-day role is based in our office in the middle of England, where I spend my day working with schools all around the world, over the phone, and online. I build strong relationships with everyone from CEO’s to class teachers, and SEN coordinators to principals. I spend my time learning about different schools and their needs, and if any of our online solutions meet their requirements, I continue to support them as they discover more about us, our solutions, and the services we provide.
A Little Bit About Me…
My own career started in the classroom – that’s a blog I’ll save for another day though. As an educator, nothing is more rewarding than your students achieving and overcoming challenges, and now with three children of my own attending school, I’m even more passionate about education and I’m especially excited to be able to provide teachers with such incredible tools. I often miss my old students; all of them were very special and taught me just as much as I taught them. However, I do now take pride in the fact that my job now impacts many more children and young people than I ever could on my own.
Attending GESS Turkey
Alongside my usual responsibilities, I have the privilege of attending events and sometimes even visit schools all around the world. My most recent international venture was to the GESS Turkey conference in Istanbul. GESS, which stands for Global Educational Supplies and Solutions, holds several events around the world throughout the year. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Bright Ideas’.
I was joined by my colleague, Gavin, our International Business Development Director, and we had a busy first day at the conference. It was immediately clear to us that the event had attracted some very interesting people from all over. We met a businesswoman from Kuwait, a young entrepreneur from Algeria, principals and teachers from Lebanon, the UAE, Pakistan and of course, Turkey, who all wanted to know how our solutions can support instruction. Our neighboring stands included a Chinese start-up company with their innovative robot-building packages for schools, an Arabic language resource, and a large group of Turkish schools.
There were three stages to choose from – Neuroscience in Education, Future Learning and the Innovation Stage. I decided to listen to NLP practitioner, David Hodgson, and his talk on ‘motivation in the classroom’. He put together an interesting presentation about how we can motivate our students using the feel-good chemicals – dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin. This reminded me about how our solutions motivate students to improve their own outcomes and gains.
Get in Touch!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at GESS Turkey and have loved connecting with many of the people I met. I’m now working with them to discover more about their schools and will be able to pinpoint the best type of partnership for each of their needs. If you would like to challenge us to provide you with a solution for your needs too, then please pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org saying hello, and I’ll be more than happy to give you a call!