national movement that empowers leaders to expand educational opportunities in ways that are life changing for students as well as transform

Search is on for Ten Outstanding FilAms to Teach For The Philippines

Teach for the Philippines, founded by Elizabeth Eder Zobel de Ayala, Margarita Liboro Delgado, and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, is a national movement that empowers leaders to expand educational opportunities in ways that are life changing for students as well as transformative of Philippine school communities and the Philippine nation as a whole. Angela Lagdameo and Michael Vea, Co-Directors of Strategy for Recruitment and Selection in the USA, are searching for ten outstanding Filipino-Americans to be a part of the inaugural corps of Teach for the Philippines. These Filipino-American 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 (Filipino), OR willingness to learn conversational Tagalog (Filipino)
  • 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.

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. Alumni may confidently rely upon Teach for the Philippines as partners in their quest for educational improvement.

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.

Note: If you intend to apply or would like to nominate someone for this program, please contact Angela and Michael directly at and



Clarissa Isabelle Delgado is the third co-founder of Teach for the Philippines and its Chief Program Officer. Before Teach for the Philippines, Clarissa was the Special Projects Director at Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation. For Sa Aklat Sisikat, she managed the impact survey of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Poverty Action Lab and directed projects for private corporations and multilateral organizations like the Asian Development Bank. Clarissa holds a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and is currently pursuing a teaching license in the Philippines. During her gap year, Clarissa farmed in the Andes and taught third grade science at an Ecuadorian elementary school.

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. She is a board member of the International School Manila and various other foundations focused on the upliftment of children. She is also a Director at Delbros, Inc. / Delbros Waterfront Leasing, a major supply chain solutions and logistics company in the Philippines and United Parcel Service-Delbros Express, Inc.

Angela Lagdameo currently 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, where she was the first Asian American female to become Student Body President, and where she was cited by the Washington Post as part of a “multicultural coup” that implemented the first Asian American Studies Program in the D.C. metropolitan area. Angela obtained her master’s degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is an alumnus of Teach for America - San Jose, CA ‘02 Corps.

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. In July 2012, Michael, as well as Angela Lagdameo, was selected to be a part of the inaugural Filipino American Young Leaders Program (FAYLP). Michael, a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, also holds a master’s degree from Pace University. He is a recipient of the Kinder Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Sontag Prize in Urban Education. Michael is an alumnus of Teach for America - New York City ‘01 Corps.

Elizabeth Eder Zobel is a co-founder and the Board chairperson of Teach for the Philippines. Before Teach for the Philippines, Lizzie 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. In its twelve-year history, Sa Aklat Sisikat served almost 1,000 public schools throughout the country. Ms. Zobel is an entrepreneur and socio-civic leader in the Philippines. Besides her work at Teach for the Philippines, she has sat on the board of the National Museum, the Friendly Care Foundation, and the Population Council. She is also a founding board member of Museo Pambata, an interactive museum for Filipino children.


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