Gemma has worked in the field of higher education for over five years as a Summer Bridge Intern, and as an Academic Coach Intern, where she supported first-generation young adults, and young adults with learning differences. She also worked as a Paraeducator, working with middle schoolers, who had various learning differences.
She previously found success supporting young adults with skills that include goal setting, time management, and navigating their academic progress in their higher education studies.
As a Student Support Specialist at CIP, Gemma helps guide young adults with life skills by teaching them tasks including executive functioning skills, how to cook, grocery shop, roommate etiquette, and how to clean their living space independently. She also takes students out for walks to stay fit and help students get enough exercise, and lastly giving them the opportunity to creatively express themselves in art projects.
Gemma has earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling: College Student Services from Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, California. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Psychology from CSU East Bay, in Hayward, California. Gemma also received her Life Coach Certification from the Life Coach Training Institute.
When she’s not working with students, you can find her spending time with her family and friends, going on day adventures, or visiting a pop-up museum.