Kirsty Hill - Microsoft Leader
Kristy has been a Primary School Teacher for six years, where she had the experience of taking on a Computing Co-Ordinator role for 5 years. Through this she developed the use of 1-1 devices alongside Microsoft technologies. Kristy also delivered supportive CPD to fellow colleagues including NQT’s and Student teachers to ensure they were skilled in the use of innovative technologies.
Within the classroom Kristy used OneNote, Skype and other Office 365 products in her daily teaching, saving myself time and widening opportunities for independent learning as well as collaboration.
Through this Kristy developed her passion and love of technology, in particular she loved "how it could ‘switch on’ a child and engage and inspire them in their learning". From there, she went on to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Skype Master Teacher and now, recently, a UK Microsoft Learning Consultant - working across the UK.
"I felt really lucky to have been selected for this new role with Microsoft, a secondment for a year. Microsoft as a company was already championing the need for more women in digital roles, and as a representative of their partnership I put together a host of inspirational women driven initiatives, already existing at Microsoft, in a specialised page on the Microsoft Educator Community".
Kristy says, "I suppose like many, prior to my recent role, I was slightly naïve to the influence I could have on young girls to empower them in edtech careers, perhaps stumbling into my own pathway with technology by chance. I hadn’t realised how much I myself was inspired by the passionate women colleagues that I came across both in my school and at Microsoft; therefore I hadn’t appreciated that I too could be an inspiration. So that’s why I want to get behind GECFutures. We are all influencers in edtech; I feel have a duty to ensure that young girls and women believe they can experience a career - a digital career - not just by luck as I first thought I did, but through inspiration, belief in themselves and not allowing anyone to say that they don’t belong!"