Mosaic Education Manager

On joining the CRT in August 2019, Gerry’s key responsibility was to create an education blueprint for the Trust and ultimately deliver farming and wildlife learning experiences to primary aged children at CRT farms.  It was a huge undertaking, but her expertise in primary teaching and wildlife education equipped her to meet this challenge. Gerry created Mosaic, the CRT’s Farming and Wildlife education programme, within two years of joining the CRT and it launched at Pierrepont Farm near Farnham, Surrey in September 2021.  Alongside this, she also created and launched Mosaic Activity Adventures for Beavers and Cubs. 

Gerry’s teaching career began in her early thirties when she retrained as a teacher.  She spent five years teaching primary children in the UK before moving to Perth, Australia in 2011.  While in Oz, she volunteered at Kanyana, a wildlife rehabilitation centre, where she supported the animal hospital and education team.  After a year immersing herself in wildlife, Gerry was appointed by Kanyana as their Education Officer.  She spent the next two years, creating a wildlife discovery centre for children, full of interactive exhibits and produced an accompanying school visit education programme.  On her return to the UK, Gerry decided to expand her wildlife knowledge by becoming a Presenter at Whipsnade Zoo, responsible for giving animal talks to the general public.

In 2017, Gerry became Education Officer at Iver Environment Centre, a 4.5-acre site comprising woodland, ponds, an orchard, two allotments plus a farm next door.  She created a range of farming and nature-themed outdoor learning experiences which she delivered to over 5000 children.  She also completed a ‘Food for Thought’ project focused on reconnecting children with food, farming and nutrition.   Whilst at Iver, Gerry developed a love for farming and horticulture and was delighted when the opportunity arose at the CRT to apply these 2 passions within a developmental education role.

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