‘Teach for the Philippines’ looking for Fil-Am teachers for Pinoy kids

photo courtesy of Philippines’ Response to Indigenous Peoples and Muslim Education (PRIME)

gmanetwork.com – An organization called Teach for the Philippines, which seeks to expand educational opportunities in the motherland, is looking for teachers.

Angela Lagdameo and Michael Vea, co-directors of Strategy for Recruitment and Selection in the USA, are searching for 10 outstanding Filipino Americans to be a part of the inaugural corps of Teach for the Philippines.

These FilAm applicants must demonstrate strong academic achievement, professional development, and varied extracurricular interests.

They should exhibit a profound belief in the potential of children, and be committed to expanding opportunities for students from low-income communities.

After being selected, corps members participate in an intensive summer training program starting in April 2013.

Upon accepting a two-year teaching commitment with Teach for the Philippines, selected candidates are placed as teachers in high-density, under-resourced public schools; teachers will be assigned in groups. The school year in the Philippines begins in June 2013.

Potential candidates are required to fulfill the following criteria:
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (any discipline or major)
• Philippine citizenship, OR have rights to Philippine citizenship (one or both parents are Filipino)
• Fluency in English and conversant ability in Tagalog, OR willingness to learn conversational Tagalog
• Willingness to make a full-time, two-year commitment to teach in the school in which the candidate is placed

The salary for this position is competitive and includes a comprehensive benefits package. “Teaching is not an easy profession and Teach for the Philippines respects and values the time and commitment of its corps members,” the recruiters said in a statement.

“Teach for the Philippines provides its corps members with experiences that inspire teachers and students alike, consequently transforming educational models. One of the organization’s highest priorities is to ensure that corps members emerge from the program with valuable experience and an increased interest in the current well-being and future potential of education in the Philippines.”

Corps members are welcome to continue teaching after their two-year commitment.

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

To apply, please contact Angela and Michael directly at angela@teachforthephilippines.org and michael@teachforthephilippines.org.

Teach for the Philippines was founded by Elizabeth Eder Zobel de Ayala, Margarita Liboro Delgado and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado.

Clarissa Isabelle Delgado was the Special Projects Director at Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and is currently pursuing a teaching license in the Philippines.

Margarita Delgado is a co-founder and the CEO of Teach for the Philippines. Before Teach for the Philippines, Margarita was the co-founder, with Lizzie Zobel, and President of Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation. Ms. Delgado has been active in non-government service since 1996.

Angela Lagdameo works in state government on child welfare issues as the Director of Policy and Planning in the Department of Human Resources.

She was Senior Analyst to Governor Martin O’Malley, focused on education policy, where Maryland schools were ranked #1 in the nation for an unprecedented four years-in-a-row by Education Week magazine.

Angela holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, and obtained her master’s degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Michael Vea is a teacher of American History at KIPP Infinity Charter School in New York City. He and five other educators founded this school in 2005. KIPP Infinity continues to be ranked as one of the top-performing public middle schools in the city. Michael, a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, also holds a master’s degree from Pace University.

Elizabeth Eder Zobel was the co-founder, with Margarita Delgado, and Vice President of Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation, a non-profit Filipino organization that worked to improve literacy and reading in Filipino children.

She is also a founding board member of Museo Pambata, an interactive museum for Filipino children. – The FilAm

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