Meet the educators behind MRC
Albert A. Basa, Top 3, April 2009 LET
MindGym Coach and Associate Educational Director
Fell in love with teaching at age 10 as a young catechist in his hometown in Aurora province. Albert recalls, “It was fun and creative! After my first one-and-a-half-hour catechetical class, I knew I was destined to be a teacher”.
Being a consistent honor student, one could expect no less from him other than excellence. He is the Top 3 in the April 2009 LET. He graduated as Cum Laude in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines (UP); finished a course in Professional Education at UP; and has a Masters in International Relations and Management at the Colombo Plan Staff College for Human Resources Development in Asia and the Pacific Region. He remains an A student, on his second term, taking a doctorate degree in Public Administration at UP.
Having a trained memory which can effectively recall facts for a longer period of time, he has an unfair advantage when in comes to learning and teaching. He is the “brain” and energy which keeps MindGym vibrantly alive.
Albert has recently co-authored a LET Review book published by MindGym Philippines.
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Mo/am Alice, September 2008 LET
MindGym Coach and Educational Administrator
A gleeful golden lady who found a path in teaching’s wonderland! Alice never dreamt of being a professional teacher (though she’s had several brief stints in training, teaching, and education administration locally and overseas). She has been for most of her life a power and energy planner, a mom for all seasons, and a student for life.
She has recently found a new path in nonformal, nontraditional education as she gives her best to MindGym Philippines’ students and reviewees.
She has a degree in Business Economics and a Certificate in Professional Education from UP, an MBA from De La Salle University; took two international courses (taken at the University of Pennsylvania and the San Jose State University).
She tackles day-to-day affairs at MindGym and gives LET reviewees more than LET refreshers — but also, warmth, care, and support that only the “heart” could afford to share — to spell LET success and a life of difference as a teacher.
Alice has recently co-authored a LET Review book published by MindGym Philippines.
Melane Manalo, Top 3, April 2010 LET
Melane’s first experience with teaching goes as far back as her second grade—she would play teacher to her classmates during lunch breaks. Her parents recall even earlier episodes of Melane at around four years old asking their friends to pose as students while she appeared to “lecture.”
Fast forward, after completing her undergraduate degree in public administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman, she felt she cannot leave the classroom yet and decided to pursue teaching at the tertiary level. Handling classes in a private school in Batangas then, she enrolled in professional education courses also at UPD, allowing her to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers in April 2010. “Professional education provided me with some insight on how to make the learning process for the teacher and the learner more productive and engaging. Hopefully I can slowly apply those theories in classes,” she said.
At present, she is working on her Master’s in Philippine Studies, major in Development, and teaching part-time some courses on management, while also joining Mindgym in its mission of helping other teachers realize their goals. When not busy with these, Melane takes the time to learn from television series, light-reads, or brief walks outdoors.