About Gabriele Educational Materials & Systems

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For over 20 years, GEMS has served the education community. The company’s initial emphasis was on English Language Learners, and their first publication, “The Verb Chart Bulletin Board,” was selected for the LAUSD Secondary Audiovisual Recommended Materials List. Over the years, GEMS widened its purpose to serve the whole school community and provide systemic solutions to meet the increasing complexity and changing needs of schools and society.  Most recently, GEMS added an exciting new program, the GEMS RoundTable, to its services. With the RoundTable, GEMS aims to help schools and workplaces as they seek more effective ways to enrich, renew and transform their organizations while improving participant learning, performance and satisfaction. Today GEMS clients are national and international.

Executive Director Sue Gabriele has over 25 years experience in the education field. After studying school organization theory at UCLA and language, literacy and learning at USC, Sue received her Ph.D. in “Human Science: Social and Institutional Change” from Saybrook Research Institute underpinned by a theoretical framework of systems thinking, systemic change and systemic renewal. Prior to her graduate work, Sue spent 20 years as a classroom teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as junior colleges.  Her years in LAUSD included responsibilities as mentor teacher, ESL and Foreign Language department chair, and teacher trainer.  Sue also teaches educational research methods at Chapman University in Manhattan Beach. Sue is also a certified instructor of Thomas Gordon’ Effectiveness Training, Inc., focusing on Personal and Professional Effectiveness, No-Lose Conflict Resolution, and Teacher Effectiveness Training.

GEMS is available for workshops, coaching and training. We can provide one of our existing programs, customizing it with you for your purposes. We can also do a needs assessment of your organization with you, and design a program drawing from our combined expertise and all of our programs.


Our RoundTable Developers                         

Sandra Rumble is a 4th grade teacher at Pennekamp School, Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County, California. In 2000, Sandra was a participant/ researcher in the first RoundTable study in K-12 schools. Sandra has been developing the RoundTable in her classrooms and meetings ever since. Her contact information is: srumble@mbusd.org 

Erynne Hart, like Sandra, is also a 4th grade teacher at Pennekamp School in Manhattan Beach. Erynne joined us in 2009. She has been holding RoundTables in her classroom ever since. Sandra and Erynne have also introduced RoundTables in faculty meetings and grade-level meetings. Erynne can be reached at: ehart@mbusd.org

photo of Brian Hilton    Brian Hilton is associate professor in international business strategy in the Nottingham University Business School in Ningbo, China. He has been RoundTable participant/ researcher since 1999 during the week-long annual conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He utilizes it with his students and also with peers in other professional societies. To contact him: brian.hilton @nottingham.edu.cn

                     Anthony Markovich is a Learning Consultant at Teradata in El Segundo, California. He also co-coordinates a monthly RoundTable for workplace professionals, hosted by the Los Angeles chapters of the Association for Talent Development (ATDLA) and International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI-LA). Anthony also teaches a course at Loyola Marymount University in their College of Business Adminsitration. There he facilitates RoundTables to help his students deal with challenging, controversial topics and take ownership of their own learning. To contact him:anthonymarkovich@gmail.com