Project: Pag-asa’s teaching staff partners are qualified teachers, some locally credentialed and some internationally licensed.   Staff receive on-going professional development training on the effects of trauma, de-escalation techniques, and classroom strategies to reduce stress while supporting one another professionally and personally.

As the Educational Director of Project Pag-asa, one might expect to see  Beth  behind a large desk or in a conference room with other administrators. Rather, she is on her feet most of the day, facilitating student intervention, consulting and mentoring teachers, instructing a class, and calling the copier repairman. As the mother of three, she understands that learning difficulties are not indicative of potential.  Beth’s  degree and experience in elementary ed led her to begin tutoring students from a nearby orphanage, and the rest is history!

As the Educational Director of Project Pag-asa, one might expect to see Beth behind a large desk or in a conference room with other administrators. Rather, she is on her feet most of the day, facilitating student intervention, consulting and mentoring teachers, instructing a class, and calling the copier repairman. As the mother of three, she understands that learning difficulties are not indicative of potential. Beth’s degree and experience in elementary ed led her to begin tutoring students from a nearby orphanage, and the rest is history!

Kim’s  fifteen years in the Philippines have grown her fascination for scuba diving and underwater photography. A native of Chicago, big cities like Manila don’t scare her. But as a single mom of adopted son Daniel and two foster daughters, she is well-acquainted with the effects of urban poverty and institutions for orphaned and abandoned children. Before joining the Pag-asa team,  Kim  taught at an international school where exposure to ELL students helped prepare her for her current class.

Kim’s fifteen years in the Philippines have grown her fascination for scuba diving and underwater photography. A native of Chicago, big cities like Manila don’t scare her. But as a single mom of adopted son Daniel and two foster daughters, she is well-acquainted with the effects of urban poverty and institutions for orphaned and abandoned children. Before joining the Pag-asa team, Kim taught at an international school where exposure to ELL students helped prepare her for her current class.

Teacher  Shirley ’s diverse experiences with children began when babysitting her own siblings while her mom sold fish in the barangay, then expanded to teaching kindergarten in a children’s home, and then to interpreting for students learning English at Project: Pag-asa. After beginning many years ago, Shirley is now fulfilling her passion to complete her teaching degree. In her free moments, she enjoys her family and serving in her church ministry.

Teacher Shirley’s diverse experiences with children began when babysitting her own siblings while her mom sold fish in the barangay, then expanded to teaching kindergarten in a children’s home, and then to interpreting for students learning English at Project: Pag-asa. After beginning many years ago, Shirley is now fulfilling her passion to complete her teaching degree. In her free moments, she enjoys her family and serving in her church ministry.

Go to a party with Maria, known as Lotlot, and you’ll find her at the karaoke machine, microphone in hand. She also loves to accompany students on her guitar, and a sense of humor and joy contributes to her overcoming attitude. A family who accepted her in a difficult time inspires her to do the same for her students, believing that their “yet to be healed” state is temporary. A native of Davao City, Lotlot studied Early Childhood at? and completed Youth With a Mission’s Discipleship Training School.

Sam’s  nurturing spirit was evident when, as a young girl in Pennsylvania, she set up her own doll orphanage, complete with cardboard cribs and a notebook to sign a baby out for the day! After teaching kindergarten in an international school in Manila for ten years while volunteering in an orphanage, doing respite care, and finally foster care,  Sam  joined Project: Pag-asa. Her passion is to see every child have a family whether through adoption or fostering. When not holding a child,  Sam  enjoys orienteering and geocaching with friends.

Sam’s nurturing spirit was evident when, as a young girl in Pennsylvania, she set up her own doll orphanage, complete with cardboard cribs and a notebook to sign a baby out for the day! After teaching kindergarten in an international school in Manila for ten years while volunteering in an orphanage, doing respite care, and finally foster care, Sam joined Project: Pag-asa. Her passion is to see every child have a family whether through adoption or fostering. When not holding a child, Sam enjoys orienteering and geocaching with friends.

Tina  builds confidence in her students through dance, taking inspiration from youtube and her Korean drama crushes.  From the typhoon alley of the Philippines,  Tina  has seen destruction and knows the resilience required to transcend it.  For this purpose she majored in Special Education at Our Lady of Fatima in Antipolo, and now empowers vulnerable children to overcome their storms.

Tina builds confidence in her students through dance, taking inspiration from youtube and her Korean drama crushes.  From the typhoon alley of the Philippines, Tina has seen destruction and knows the resilience required to transcend it.  For this purpose she majored in Special Education at Our Lady of Fatima in Antipolo, and now empowers vulnerable children to overcome their storms.

Sharing a bowl of sinigang soup after a hike with friends is  Leah’s  perfect day, but a close second is seeing the change in her kindergarten students who improve in self-regulation skills. This has made a deep impression on  Leah  who believes it reveals that God is always at work.  Leah  has been teaching for two years and has an Early Childhood degree from Our Lady of Fatima University.

Sharing a bowl of sinigang soup after a hike with friends is Leah’s perfect day, but a close second is seeing the change in her kindergarten students who improve in self-regulation skills. This has made a deep impression on Leah who believes it reveals that God is always at work. Leah has been teaching for two years and has an Early Childhood degree from Our Lady of Fatima University.

For  Shaylene , a “family” is big and close and offers deep belonging and enjoyment, all close opposites of circumstances for her math and science students, both at Pag-asa and in the inner city of Edmonton, Alberta, where she earned her practicum. Manila is also a close opposite of the rural Canadian Rockies where  Shaylene  grew up on a farm and enjoyed camping with her family. She first taught at Pag-asa while single and then returned with husband Cole. As a survivor of abuse,  Shaylene  desires to see her students heal and overcome.

For Shaylene, a “family” is big and close and offers deep belonging and enjoyment, all close opposites of circumstances for her math and science students, both at Pag-asa and in the inner city of Edmonton, Alberta, where she earned her practicum. Manila is also a close opposite of the rural Canadian Rockies where Shaylene grew up on a farm and enjoyed camping with her family. She first taught at Pag-asa while single and then returned with husband Cole. As a survivor of abuse, Shaylene desires to see her students heal and overcome.

Jean , with her love for children, and her patient, caring, easy-going and adaptable manner, was recruited as a counseling translator. Beyond just the inspiration to help the children understand, while doing this work,  Jean  came to be fascinated in their processing of feelings. She enjoys spending time with her own family, her husband and two daughters, and feels she has grown in her mothering skills since working at Project: Pag-asa.

Jean, with her love for children, and her patient, caring, easy-going and adaptable manner, was recruited as a counseling translator. Beyond just the inspiration to help the children understand, while doing this work, Jean came to be fascinated in their processing of feelings. She enjoys spending time with her own family, her husband and two daughters, and feels she has grown in her mothering skills since working at Project: Pag-asa.

“Pretty much a kid himself,”  Cole  relates easily to students, especially on Alberta’s ice rinks, though in Manila he’s adapted to concrete.  Cole’s  pursuit of God and hankering for travel took him to Capernwray, England, for Bible school. Later he specialized in commercial architecture and has enjoyed designing modern rustic structures, though now he’s researching school designs for Pag-asa. His experience with Canadian Kids’ Clubs and math ability make him an effective tutor, and his wife Shaylene remains his inspiration.

“Pretty much a kid himself,” Cole relates easily to students, especially on Alberta’s ice rinks, though in Manila he’s adapted to concrete. Cole’s pursuit of God and hankering for travel took him to Capernwray, England, for Bible school. Later he specialized in commercial architecture and has enjoyed designing modern rustic structures, though now he’s researching school designs for Pag-asa. His experience with Canadian Kids’ Clubs and math ability make him an effective tutor, and his wife Shaylene remains his inspiration.

In  Sharon’s  counseling office, one sees puppets, play dough, art supplies, and emotion figurines. Here there are non-threatening ways students can heal from trauma. With her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Winnipeg and a degree in Art Therapy,  Sharon  is fulfilling her teenage calling to help heal the brokenhearted. Her unique approach flows from her own understanding of being silenced and using creativity to find a voice.

In Sharon’s counseling office, one sees puppets, play dough, art supplies, and emotion figurines. Here there are non-threatening ways students can heal from trauma. With her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Winnipeg and a degree in Art Therapy, Sharon is fulfilling her teenage calling to help heal the brokenhearted. Her unique approach flows from her own understanding of being silenced and using creativity to find a voice.

Trevor’s  professional experience spans five countries across three continents. With a MS in Education Administration,  Trevor  has managed schools in Kenya and Rwanda. As a rambunctious boy in British school, however,  Trevor  often saw his name at the bottom of the class rank, now giving him empathy for struggling students. His upbringing in Kenya brought him close to poverty and inspired his passion for rugby, but his wife and three daughters keep him sensitive. At Pag-asa,  Trevor  teaches Math, PE, and Bible.

Trevor’s professional experience spans five countries across three continents. With a MS in Education Administration, Trevor has managed schools in Kenya and Rwanda. As a rambunctious boy in British school, however, Trevor often saw his name at the bottom of the class rank, now giving him empathy for struggling students. His upbringing in Kenya brought him close to poverty and inspired his passion for rugby, but his wife and three daughters keep him sensitive. At Pag-asa, Trevor teaches Math, PE, and Bible.

In spite of her Oregonian upbringing,  Erika  doesn’t drink coffee or microbrew or have a furry sidekick, but she  does  enjoy dinner at a hip bistro with her husband. As the mother of five adopted siblings with trauma backgrounds,  Erika  knows better than most the need for sensitive education. Using her degree in Music Ed and MA in Teaching,  Erika  loves seeing kids step out of their academic mindsets and learn while actively creating pleasing sounds.

In spite of her Oregonian upbringing, Erika doesn’t drink coffee or microbrew or have a furry sidekick, but she does enjoy dinner at a hip bistro with her husband. As the mother of five adopted siblings with trauma backgrounds, Erika knows better than most the need for sensitive education. Using her degree in Music Ed and MA in Teaching, Erika loves seeing kids step out of their academic mindsets and learn while actively creating pleasing sounds.


Thadine’s  role as teacher of combined grades 3-5 is proof of her overcoming approach to life and her confidence that God’s embrace heals human heartbreak. Her personal encounters with bullying and isolation now serve to build empathy and strategy for her students. In her spare time,  Thadine  enjoys inspirational movies.

Thadine’s role as teacher of combined grades 3-5 is proof of her overcoming approach to life and her confidence that God’s embrace heals human heartbreak. Her personal encounters with bullying and isolation now serve to build empathy and strategy for her students. In her spare time, Thadine enjoys inspirational movies.

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Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 12:7