Our Story

Teach for the Philippines is a for-purpose, non-stock, non-profit organization that works to provide all Filipino children with access to relevant and excellent education. We enlist some of the country’s most promising young leaders to teach for 2 years in public schools throughout the Philippines. Through training and experience from the classroom, Teach for the Philippines transforms them into leaders who will advocate for education equity.

Founded in August 2012 by Lizzie Zobel, Margarita Delgado, and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, Teach for the Philippines stands on the shoulders of giants: the Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation, which focused on functional literacy for over a decade, and Teach For All, a global network of social enterprises working towards education reform.

Today, with a fast-growing team of individuals, driven with a common passion for expanding educational access, Teach for the Philippines looks forward to leaving our mark on the country.

Together, let’s transform the public school system to be the best it can be.

Vision, Mission, Values

Vision

Within our lifetime, all Filipino children will have access to an excellent and relevant education.

Mission

We identify, develop, and support…
…Teacher Fellows who positively impact the academic and life skills of their students; with a view to changing their students’ life paths.
…Alumni who grow into future positions that impact policies affecting education reform.
…A network that accelerates education reform.

Values

Every employee and alumnus of Teach for the Philippines—inside and outside the classroom—must aspire to model the leadership the country needs to progress. We hold the following seven operational values of leadership to be true. These values represent the way we conduct ourselves on a daily basis.

  1. We focus on the mission. Teach for the Philippines exists to identify, develop, and support a community of leaders working to end education inequity in the Philippines. Our team commits to the mission in order to achieve an ideal vision: an excellent education for every Filipino child by the term of the 21st President of the Philippines.
  2. We constantly learn from everyone and everything. At Teach for the Philippines, each individual is handpicked for leadership achievement and potential. In modeling leadership, it is critical to have a sense of humility. Our team members accept that they do not know everything and cannot provide the answers for all the problems. They acknowledge that there is always a bigger picture and it is one’s responsibility to learn all the parts of this big picture before creating a solution. In modeling potential, they recognize that every individual has a story to tell—maximizing learning opportunities by learning something from everybody and everything.
  3. We roll up our sleeves to attain shared goals. Leaders know that success in achieving one’s goal is dependent on the success of the whole, rather than on the success of an individual. When it is necessary, each member of our team sets aside his or her personal ego to reach out and extend a helping hand.
  4. We operate with integrity, respect, and generosity. Our vision of success includes operating with integrity (honesty), respect, and generosity.
  5. We build strong partnerships and collaborate. Social change is a consensus amongst many different organizations, cultures, and orientations. Creating impact through social change means working with others, inside and outside our organization.
  6. We act decisively and excellently, despite ambiguity. Our team members take action; they possess the courage to face a problem, analyze all the different aspects of the problem, and understand the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts/repercussions of any sustainable solution. They quell fear to act decisively, despite uncertainty or ambiguity. In taking action to deliver, they still commit to maintaining the high standards expected of them.
  7. We persevere. In pursuit of the mission, leaders are bold and creative in tackling challenges they face. Our work is complex and gratification is often delayed, but leaders within Teach for the Philippines proactively make the effort to solve problems.

…And above all, we commit to working so that within our lifetime, all Filipino children will gain access to an excellent and relevant education.

Our Board of Trustees

Advisory Council

Our Team

Teach for the Philippines is led by young, civic-minded, and entrepreneurial individuals with a bias for action. We focus on results and work intelligently towards access to quality education for all Filipino children. As citizens, we are committed to being the change we want to see in our country.

Lizzie Eder Zobel de Ayala
Chairman & Co-Founder

Margarita Liboro Delgado
Vice-Chairman & Co-Founder

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

(Left to right) Ma. Ramona Santos-Fider (Chief Learning Officer), Clarissa Isabelle Delgado (Chief Executive Officer), Patricia Feria-Lim (Chief Strategy Officer); not in photo: Charisse Cruz (Chief Operations Officer) and Cynes Magpantay (Chief of Staff) 

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Jhon Hayden Bale (Teach for the Philippines - QC '13);
Georgina Blackett (Teach for America - Bay Area '09);

Ginny Villa-Real, Ross Laurenne Fortunado

Training Partners: Loyola Marymount University – School of Education and the University of Pangasinan, a partner of the PHINMA Education Network

OPERATIONS

Admissions

Micaela Bautista, Adelaide Elpidama (Teach for the Philippines – QC ’13)
Danielle Maaño, Trizia Magalino, Priscilla Relova, Luigi Bagos

Instructional Coaching

Valerie Garde-Farol, Christine Ong,
Patricia Santos, Lynette Torres

 

STRATEGIC RESOURCES

Government Relations & Placement

Jake Rivera, Levi Geganzo, Christiana Ubaña

Finance

 Donald Julio, Diana Verdejo

Office Management & Procurement

 Ariel Sisante

Human Resources

Rhea Gaspar, Richard Bonin Salazar

HR Consultant

Emily Silverman

ALUMNI PATHWAYS

Cynes Siruelo Magpantay
Alumni Career Counselors:
Susan Bautista-Afan, Rebecca Sañosa, Noel Gamboa y Lopez, Rhoda Navarro, Andrea Sevilla, Maria Lee

MARKETING & EVENTS

Angel de Leon Ramos, Check Zabala, Monica Baldemor

DATA IMPACT & ASSESSMENT

Mavie Almeda-Ungco

THOUGHT PARTNERS & CONSULTANTS

Edmundo Litton, Belinda Brown, Atty. Lorenzo Bigayan, Atty. Jori Adan, Francisco Romero Milan, Zid Niel Mancenido, Louie Angsico, May Soriano, Leigh Talmage Perez, Joanne Tong, Johanna Castro, Sarah Co, Jay Yao, Louie Arcilla, Charles Gareza, Ryan Takasugi, Edric and Evan Chen, Carissa Feria
The Human Capital Development Group, ManilaMan Productions, Assessment Analytics, Independent Minds, Atmosphere Creative Films

US Business Development
Co-Director of Business Development: Angela Lagdameo, Teach For America – San Jose ’02
Co-Director of Business Development: Michael Vea, Teach For America – New York City ’01

Our Teachers

Our Teacher Fellows are young individuals who are passionate about building our nation through education. Teach for the Philippines trains these Teacher Fellows to become lifelong advocates for education equity who will eventually transform the Philippine education landscape.

Our 2017 Teacher Fellows

Our 2017 Cohort hailed from 25 universities in the Philippines (71% from NCR, 7% outside NCR, 2% Visayas, 2% Mindanao).

  • Gerald Abueva

  • Angelo Acenas

  • Ma. Patricia Elisse Aguinaldo

  • Terence Abraham Alombro

  • Liane Ira Amat

  • Faith Ardillos

  • Marco Arosa

  • Roliel Babiera

  • Rosellnica Balasoto

  • Niki Graziella Baroy

  • Mary Dennilene Briones

  • Donna Rose Calugay

  • Zenas Chapap

  • Jose Chua Jr.

  • Ellionore Costelo

  • Ray Christian Cristobal

  • Curt Marvin Cruz

  • Ashley Nica Diaz

  • Juniel Arvin Doloque

  • Mark Joseph Euste

  • Carlos Joseph Feria

  • Arzlelei Joyce Marie Fiel

  • Katherine Joyce Garcia

  • Catherine Garcia

  • Mikaela Gonzales

  • Micah Riezl Gonzales

  • Baby Suzette Guevarra

  • Amelia de Guia

  • Charissa Grace Jao

  • Colleen Marhey Lacuesta

  • Peachy Marie Magallanes

  • Marikka Mampusti

  • Jay-R Mira

  • Khristine Dee Montenegro

  • Gary Musa

  • Mikaela Zoe Nery

  • Julie Ann Marie Nombrado

  • Ramon Ombid

  • Indira Mae Orbiso

  • Acel Paguio

  • Gimar Reyes

  • Femelyn Rosal

  • Laureana Riva Saldivar

  • Maria Regina Santiago

  • Arjane Sotto

  • Erica Mae Valencia

  • Edelweiss Villa de Gracia

  • Hamilton Villapando

  • Patricia Danielle Villar

  • Medel Carlos Zarsuelo Jr.

Our 2016 Teacher Fellows

Our 2016 Cohort hailed from 26 universities in the Philippines (55% NCR, 22% outside NCR, 2% Visayas, 18% Mindanao). Of the 44 Teacher Fellows, 3 are assigned to teach in Quezon City, 9 in Marikina City, 8 in Pasig City, 10 in Navotas City, 4 in Malolos, Bulacan, and 10 in Biñan, Laguna.

  • Domyson Abuan

  • Thedem Alarte

  • Justine Bernabe

  • Michelle Bitog

  • Jeanny Burce

  • Camille Catimpo

  • Lord Saver Centina

  • Ivy Cortado

  • Lailanie Dacasin

  • Krizelle De la Cruz

  • John Mar Desamparado

  • Geraldin Elican

  • Kevin David Estigoy

  • Anne Labayoga

  • Ryan Limos

  • Hannah Grace Lumahan

  • Lee Macalisang

  • Danise Macaraya

  • Michelle Magalino

  • Gabriel Mallari

  • Lani Marca

  • Richard Marcelo

  • Jeffrey Millena

  • Levi Jun Miscala

  • Louniel Nale

  • Carlos Ortiz

  • Jeanne Pineda

  • Julie Pizarro

  • Elaine Quidato

  • Kathleen Rodriguez

  • Christelle Rojano

  • Charise Rubio

  • Alen Santiago

  • Patricia Singson

  • Jessica Sta. Isabel

  • Avegail Tolentino

  • Rosylvia May Tolosa

  • Mikkey Tuazon

  • Maher Usman

  • Bless Valdez

  • Alexis Villar

  • Angela Villareal

  • Alberto Yohanon

Our Alumni

The final stage of The Teach for the Philippines Fellowship is Alumni Pathways. Our leaders commit to education equity beyond the 24-month Fellowship program, whether they remain in the classroom, move on to education administration, work in government or the corporate sector, or join a different social development path.

A key part of the Alumni Pathways is Teach for the Philippines’ Alumni Mentorship Program.

Teach for the Philippines’ Alumni Mentorship Program supports the transfer of valuable leadership knowledge through mentoring. This is an opportunity for second-year Teacher Fellows to forge a meaningful relationship with a respected professional, who believes in developing young leaders as part of nation building. The Teacher Fellows are responsible for actively engaging their mentors to further their learning and professional development. A mentor facilitates learning by asking thought-provoking questions and sharing invaluable career advice that help Teacher Fellows to reflect on their own experiences.

Our 2015 Alumni

Our 2015 Cohort hailed from 20 universities in the Philippines (65% Luzon, 5% Visayas, 24% Mindanao). Of the 34 Teacher Fellows who completed the Fellowship, 24 were assigned to teach in Quezon City, 3 in Navotas City, 2 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, 2 in Cagayan de Oro, and 3 in Siargao, Surigao del Norte.

Our 2014 Alumni

Our 2014 Cohort hailed from 22 universities in the Philippines (72% NCR, 15% Outside NCR, 10% Mindanao). Of the 40 Teacher Fellows who completed the Fellowship, 2 were assigned to teach in Quezon City, 10 in Mandaluyong City, 16 in Marikina City, and 5 in Navotas City, and 7 in Biñan, Laguna.

Our 2013 Alumni

Our inaugural 2013 cohort hailed from 19 different universities (84% NCR, 4% outside NCR, 2% Visayas, 2% Mindanao, 8% from the US). All 49 of them were assigned to teach in 10 public schools across Quezon City.

Our Champions

Teach for the Philippines maintains a diverse portfolio of funders. The program is supported by private and public sectors, multi-lateral agencies, local government units, and members of the national government.

We remain grateful to these private individuals, organizations, and corporations who believe in Teach for the Philippines and make our work possible by sharing their expertise, time, and generous support.

Teach for All

Teach for the Philippines is the 25th official network partner of Teach For All, a global network of social enterprises in 45 countries working to expand educational opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

IS IT A VOLUNTEER PROGRAM?

No. TEACH FOR THE PHILIPPINES employs Teacher Fellows to commit to a 2-year contract to teach in public schools.

WILL THE TEACHER FELLOWS BE COMPENSATED?

Yes. Teacher Fellows will receive a monthly salary similar to that of a Teacher 1 in the Philippine Public School System.

HOW MANY TEACHER FELLOWS ARE EMPLOYED?

There are 93 Teacher Fellows currently employed with TEACH FOR THE PHILIPPINES.

WHAT OTHER CAREER OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE AT TEACH FOR THE PHILIPPINES?

Apart from Fellowship, we also look for passionate and committed professionals to join our growing team, as part-time or full-time staff, or as interns in our civic engagement program.

HOW MANY SCHOOLS AND CITIES ARE WORKING WITH TEACH FOR THE PHILIPPINES?

At present, there are 29 placement schools across 17 local governments.

WHAT DOES ONE GET OUT OF BEING A PART OF TEACH FOR THE PHILIPPINES?

TEACH FOR THE PHILIPPINES provides you with an opportunity to play a role in building the nation through education. As a Teacher Fellow or Staff Member, you are in a unique position to empower yourself and others to lead change for the country.

HOW CAN ONE SUPPORT TEACH FOR THE PHILIPPINES?

We encourage you to be a champion for education!

TEACH. Become a Teacher Fellow.
DONATE. Fund a Fellow.

Help make education equity a reality.

Contact Us

Teach for the Philippines, Inc.
Paseo de Roxas corner Benavidez Street
Makati City, 1229 Philippines
(632) 808.8837

For inquiries about the Fellowship program, please email
recruitment@teachforthephilippines.org.
For other inquiries, please email
generalinquiry@teachforthephilippines.org.