Sonia Lopez is the head teacher of St Bernard’s Lower Primary School and a fifth year PhD Researcher at the University of Gibraltar. Sonia’s current research is exploring how mobile technology is shaping the way teaching and learning happens in the classroom, and how it can be used to support the acquisition of 21st century skills in our students. She is delighted to be delivering ‘The Resourceful Teacher’ module of Gibraltar’s first PGCE this year, where her lectures provide the framework for the development of knowledge, skills, values and dispositions for effective, inclusive teaching.
Sonia has worked in education for over twenty years and is a strong believer in the importance of lifelong learning. She qualified as a teacher with her first degree in English and Teaching Studies at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham. After undertaking a diploma in Special Educational Needs with Sheffield Hallam University, she spent fifteen years as a SENCo. In 2013, Sonia graduated with distinction from the University of Durham after undertaking an Executive Masters in Leadership and Management.
Sonia’s research seeks to inform the Department of Education in Gibraltar as to the role of mobile technology within the local education system and how Gibraltar can successfully rise to the challenge of effectively implementing a 21st Century curriculum.