With our team’s commitment to providing optimal support to our customers, we thought we’d start introducing the people who are behind the Edmentum International team. The first member we’re going to discover more about is Gareth, our Senior International Schools Team Manager. Here is some information about his time at Edmentum International, his school days and some quick fun facts.
What made you want to work for Edmentum International?
Meeting educators worldwide was a big draw for me. I wanted to be able to support all different types of schools and meet new people from different backgrounds along the way. Edmentum International gave me the opportunity to make a real difference to teachers.
What kind of schools do you work with and in which countries?
I work with all types of schools, whether primary schools with 50 students to all-through schools with 5,000. I support kindergartens to universities, and even large schools groups too. These schools can be located all over the world including in Europe, Africa, the UAE and Asia.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
I really enjoy getting our solutions set up in schools. I’ll speak with a principal or Curriculum Coordinator first to help with their goals, but it’s great to get the solution in the hands of the teachers and to show them what’s possible afterwards. Once a training presentation is done, a lot of the time, teachers come up to me with their own suggestions, itching to get logged on themselves.
Tell us a piece of advice you’d give to teachers about Edmentum International or its solutions.
Get in touch with us! We’re a team with a lot of knowledge and our aim is to make sure our schools make the most of our solutions. A school will have a dedicated Account Manager and an Implementation Specialist that you can always turn to. So whether you’re a teacher or principal, we really want you to reach out to us with your questions.
Tell us a fact teachers can use to utilize Edmentum International’s solutions to their benefit?
A common benefit throughout all of our solutions is the ability to easily differentiate between your students. Whether that’s finding engaging content or using data in order to help inform your instruction, there’s a lot we can offer to help you quickly make decisions that will benefit a student’s learning.
What is your favorite Edmentum International solution and why?
Courseware! It can be used in a variety of different ways and has the ability to be a huge part of a school’s eco-system both from a student level and from an administration point of view. The courses themselves are really in-depth, and having tried one myself, I know that they’re a challenge!
What have you learnt from travelling to schools?
I have travelled throughout the whole of the UAE as well as Thailand, Spain and America. I’ve learned so far that each school has specific differences that, even if they’re minutely different to the school next door or the school in another country, they pose unique challenges to the teachers on a day-to-day basis.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr Celf (Welsh for ‘Mr Art’). He taught me to play to my strengths and to learn through ideas and concepts that inspired me. Due to Mr Celf, I’m now a keen photographer!
What was your favorite subject in school and why?
Drama. I’ve always loved making people laugh and being creative, so my drama class was the perfect place to do that. I went on to achieve a BA (Hons) in performing arts and run my own drama company at the same time.
Quick Facts about Gareth
We also asked Gareth for some quick facts about him – not only does he provide fantastic support to schools, but he’s a very interesting character on the team as you’ll see!
My special talent is… doing the Welsh voiceover for a popular satellite navigation app.
On my way to work, I… listen to my weekly music playlist.
My home from home is… Aberystwyth in West Wales.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever had is… never put yourself down.
I am never without… a good album and a pair of headphones.
To find out more about the rest of our team, visit our Support page.