Our Institutional Partners

Core Offerings

Signature Learning Seminars & Workshops

The Teacher’s Gallery provides professional development opportunities to educators in order to enrich their intellectual horizons and academic pursuits. These ultimately improves their teaching environment, their student’s academic performance and close their student achievement gap.

The programs focus on:

  • Inclusive & student-centered practices that foster classroom environments with equitable opportunities for learning, critical thinking, collaborative skills, and global perspectives.
  • Transformative leadership skills.
  • Holistic educational approaches for a healthy and happy work-life balance.

Educators' Global EdTours

The Teacher’s Gallery recognizes that collaborative work and cooperative learning are critical in preparing educators with 21st century instructional skills as well as management skills to run schools and education systems with a global perspective on best practices and performance metrics for teaching, learning and sustainable business models.

Through its cross-country interactive study tours, school walkthroughs, peer to peer engagement and cultural immersions, TTG provides innovative learning environments that opens opportunities to benchmark and establish critical-to-quality metrics for world-class performance.

Our Story

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

Founder, The Teacher's Gallery

Our Consulting Partners

Professor Tony Booth

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

He is the author of the book “Index for Inclusion: A Guide to School Development led by Inclusive Values”.

He has been researching, teaching, and writing about participation, exclusion and the principled development of systems and settings in education for more than 30 years.

His ideas are summarized within the “Index for Inclusion: A Guide to School Development led by Inclusive Values.” –which was translated into 40 languages supporting other initiatives aiming to spread the inclusion work around the world.

Alyssa Connor

Wellesley, Massachusetts

She is currently teaching English at Wellesley Middle School in Wellesley, Massachusetts and is involved in the launching of the school’s  1:1 iPad initiative, assigning iPads to all incoming 6th graders.

She is also involved in mentoring new teachers, curriculum development, coaching various student organizations. Alyssa’s background includes: a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Her international experience includes studying at the University of Chiang Mai and working for the International Schools at Escuela Campo Alegre in Caracas, Venezuela.

Dr. Peter Grimes

Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom

Dr Peter Grimes is a highly regarded international expert with 30 years’ experience of supporting Development Education and Program Design, Policy Development and Implementation managing a wide range of programs, projects and complex teams.

He is an author of a large number of internationally recognized development education reports including the main background paper on Inclusive Education for the 2015 Global Monitoring Report and a comprehensive list of relevant publications including books, reports and peer reviewed journal articles. His research findings have been cited in significant international publications, including GMRs and The World Disability Report.

Eric Hieser

Hyannis, Massachusetts

He is an International Baccalaureate (IB) program consultant and former Executive Director of Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, Massachusetts – consistently ranked the number one high school in Massachusetts.

Eric has also held leadership positions at four IB American international schools. A strong proponent of “IB for All” philosophy, Eric has led workshops on IB access; college readiness; and redesigning the American high school at several regional, state, national, and international conferences.

David Hoff

Boston, Massachusetts

David is a Program Director for the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has an extensive background in working with public systems and community agencies to enhance employment outcomes for people with significant disabilities. He has done work across the United States and internationally, providing technical assistance and training on effective practices in human services and workforce development.

A primary focus of his work is on organizational and systems change to improve employment outcomes, with a particular emphasis on public policies and their impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

Andrea Stavrakas

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Andrea is a veteran elementary special education teacher in the highly rated Wellesley Public School system in Wellesley, Massachusetts, U.S.A.  She is also an adjunct professor/professional developer at Framingham State College in Framingham, MA and The Education Collaborative in Dedham, MA.

Andrea’s background also includes: a Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities from New York University and a Wilson Level One Reading Specialist Certification (working on Level Two).

Dr. Frances Stetson

Texas, U.S.A

Dr. Frances is the President of Stetson & Associates, Inc. in the US that has revolved around and improved the quality of inclusive schools for all students over 24-year history. She is also the Executive Director and sponsor for the Inclusive Schools Network, recognized in 2015 as one of the top five online resources on inclusive education.

She also authored the first Report to Congress regarding IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Further, a skilled keynote and is known for her focus on students, practical strategies, and system change, and an expert consultant in all US Education Districts.

The Teacher’s Gallery is composed of educators and social entrepreneurs who believe in the power of teachers to transform the lives of the individuals they teach.

The TTG Team

  • Mai Roble, Executive Director
  • Liza Duyao, Technical Director
  • Aya Tamayo, Communications Director
  • Miki Aristorenas, Research & Social Impact Director
  • Jean Santesteban, Administrative Staff
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