The Teacher’s Gallery (TTG) aims to offer learning opportunities related to inclusive education to both teachers and the broader education community that inspire transformational change and provide the community with the tools necessary to enact this change.
It all began over a casual dinner one August evening in 2014. I was with a friend, Andrea Stavrakas, who was visiting from Boston to explore teaching and consulting opportunities in the Philippines and Mai Roble, one of our beloved teachers at Precious Gem Academy, a small school nestled in Fairview, Quezon City.
Over the course of our meal, I shared with them my frustrations and challenges I was facing in trying to develop Precious Gem Academy to be an inclusive school—specifically, the dire need to train teachers in inclusive strategies. I also professed my burning desire to empower teachers in their role as nation builders.
From appetizers to dessert, the three of us somehow managed to formulate the answer to my frustrations and fulfill my aspirations in the form of The Teacher’s Gallery (TTG).
TTG was officially incorporated in November 2014 as a Philippine based social enterprise. Our first project was a benchmarking trip bringing Quezon City educators to Andrea Stavrakas’ school, the Wellesley, Massachusetts Public School system in May 2015. During the planning stages of this trip, TTG happened to meet a young Filipino American educator also based in Boston, Alpha Sanford, who embraced our vision and mission and helped us to solidify TTG’s programming.
From that point, Andrea and Alpha played a critical role in the formation of The Teacher’s Gallery supporting me and Mai in every project we embarked on that required their expertise.
Today, The Teacher’s Gallery is run by passionate millennials under Mai’s leadership and behind them is an Advisory Board of international and local technical experts in various fields of education. Enjoyment and immersive exploration became the core strategies in carrying out TTG’s mission— building the skills and expertise of teachers but enabling a fulfilling, rewarding, and enjoyable experience in the process!Lilibeth Aristorenas
Liza Duyao, Technical Director
Aya Tamayo, Communications Director
Miki Aristorenas, Research and Social Impact Director
Jean Santesteban, Administrative Staff
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