WHO'S IN?

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JENI TRICE

Director, Founder and Coding Adventurer

Jeni has over 20 years of experience in the training and education industries, managing and delivering training projects, and supporting thousands of technologists through training. In the past she has spent many years as a freelance SAP Instructor for SAP themselves, and since having children also became involved in the education sector.  She is committed to inspiring students of all ages to get the most of computational thinking approaches.  Previously, Jeni ran Code Clubs at the local junior school for three years, and now in her 'spare' time, she works for a local infant school, Heatherside Infants, as their IT technician.

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CHERYL HITCHCOCK-SMITH

Associate, Teaching Advisor and Robot Impersonator

Cheryl has worked with children for over 20 years in both early years settings and as a fully qualified teacher. Her teaching experience brings with it knowledge and understanding of the younger audiences, which allows us to tailor our approaches to meet their needs more closely. Fun-loving and happy to stand out from the crowd, Cheryl also helps bring our shows to life and engages staff and children alike. She keeps her teaching skills current by also working part-time at a local infant school.

MARGARET ALMEY

Lead Administrator and Chief Enthusiasm Generator

Margaret’s enthusiasm behind the scenes is only matched by our enthusiasm delivering our events!  Without her the show would, quite simply, not go on.  Her attention to detail and customer relationship skills are not to be matched - these have been developed in her years of experience as a manager and administrator in both customer service industries and the education sector.

Most recently, Margaret has worked in primary and secondary education in Personal Assistant and Administrative roles, and this gives her the perfect insight into how we can best support the needs of the schools we work alongside.  School offices are hugely complex work environments, with the need for rigour, discretion and empathy.  We need to reflect this in the way we work with schools to support their needs and create an exciting vibe for every event we put on.  In this, Margaret’s experience is invaluable.

JEANNE FOX

Co-Writer and Key Artistic Influencer

Jeanne has the perfect combination of artistic talent, teaching experience and computing background.  As chief writer of our most recent shows, she has been able to draw on her many years of experience in education, alongside her background in IT training and web design.

 

Developing props, slides, activities and more, Jeanne has used all her skills to help us create events perfectly matched to the age and abilities of the children involved, which capture the imagination, and inspire the tech innovators of the future.  Al the Robot and the Three Bears, and our Environmental shows would not be the same without her knowledge, expertise and Goldilocks impressions.

RACHEL RILEY

Photographer and Assistant Coding Adventurer

Rachel is a professional photographer and a former primary school teacher of 20 years, and so brings a wealth of experience to our team.  She loves working with children and families, and in her photographic role, is used to putting everyone at their ease to encourage creativity. She also writes for a variety of educational and photographic magazines on using extra-curricular activities to enhance learning.  Her exuberance and enthusiasm makes her a perfect part of our Get with the Program Primary shows – either in front of the audience or behind the lens.

SUSAN MEHMET

Primary Computing Consultant

Susan is one of ed techs pioneers and began embedding computers into the primary curriculum as early as 1998.  Throughout her 38 years as an educator, she has continued to develop imaginative and creative ways of using technology from Early Years to Year 6. She has been a Subject Leader, Key Stage 1 Leader, Deputy Headteacher and now works as a Primary Computing Consultant.  Susan’s broad experience includes a deep understanding of how art and technology can transform the learning journeys of struggling children, and she now loves to share her knowledge with others who have the same goals.

CAROL FOGARTY

Mentor, Coach and Business Development

Carol’s extensive experience in developing teams and individuals is invaluable to us at Get with the Program.  Her focus is executive coaching, team coaching and facilitation within companies, which is perfect for our needs.  Working with us allows Carol to combine her interests in education with her interests in coaching - she is a governor at a local school, and so has a wealth of experience in how schools need support from the community to meet their goals. Carol uses her knowledge and expertise with an approach that is flexible, focused, friendly and fun.  She has commitment, energy and enthusiasm, and this fits right in with our upbeat approach to supporting schools with the computing curriculum.

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©2020 Get with the Program

Al the Robot costume by Louise Walker

Photos kindly taken by Rachel Riley Photography

Al the Robot initial design by Ben Podd