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Joel R. Aguada, (Joel)
Joel Aguada is the founder and President of the Magister English Training Center. Prior to the establishment of Magister, he was the head of Marketing, Sales and Business Development of various local and multinational corporations. His extensive experience in the field of sales and sales management made him a respected trainer and mentor in the corporate world. He specializes in basic and advanced salesmanship training, effective presentation skills, as well as in tailored customer service programs for client companies. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Management.
Cecilia A. Suarez, (Cheche)
Cheche Suarez is a faculty member at the Department of English at the Ateneo de Manila University where she teaches language and literature subjects to freshman college students. She is also an EFL/ESL instructor at the Ateneo Language Learning Center. She gives seminar-workshops and trainings on oral and written communication skills. Notably, she is also a lecturer and resource person for English-based seminars and workshops for the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED). She specializes in language teaching and materials development. Aside from teaching, she is also a part-time writer-editor. She has written three high school textbooks for English, including a book for call center agents. Before teaching in college, she also taught high school students for five years in Xavier School in the municipality of San Juan in Metro Manila.
Mary Thomas, (Mary)
Mary Thomas is an instructor in the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University. She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Studies from the Dublin City University, Ireland. She is a British citizen who has been teaching in Manila since 1994, where she has taught oral English, remedial English comprehension, research methods and study skills, a course in Shakespeare, and some media studies. Her teaching experience has encouraged her to become very flexible and able to respond to varying needs and student abilities. Among the students she has enjoyed teaching are students from Korea, China, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Congo, Zaire, as well as Filipinos. She has published a number of articles and reviews in academic journals in the Philippines, The Maryhill Review and The East Asian Pastoral Review.
Jemain Diaz de Rivera, (Jem)
Public Relations and marketing consultant with extensive experience in account management and strategic planning. She handles corporate communication/ relation with industry, community and media. Previously she was part of the operations department of a contact center supervising, training and coaching agents, helping them meet their KPIs. As a graduate of the University of the Philippines, College of Mass Communications, Jemain entered the industry as a broadcast journalist and moved to public relations when she was Assistant Station Manager.
Rodrigo C. Rivera (Rod)
He currently teaches basic and advanced communication skills to freshman students at the De La Salle – College of St. Benilde. As a respected professor, Rod uses learner-centered principles and techniques to ensure the quality of learning of his students. Prior to this, he was a TESOL instructor at the Cambridge Institute in Bahrain. He was also previously involved in foreign language training of foreigners preparing for international language tests. He also taught at St. Paul College of Quezon City and was a Department Coordinator at AMA Computer College in Makati City.
Reichel P. Bajada (Reichel)
She specializes in foreign language teaching and curriculum development. Reichel was previously involved with Brent International School as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor. She has extensive experience as well in teaching and tutoring Koreans of various age groups, both in the traditional classroom setting and via online-based learning. She was also an EFL/ESL instructor and an English language teacher trainer for Southeast Asian refugees due for resettlement in the US. In the same project, she acted also as the English coach of other Asian teachers.
Maria Carolina Sarmiento (Carol)
She provides trainings in and develops modules for English proficiency, business correspondence and American Culture and Geography. With this background, she became a trainer and a project coordinator at an academy for call center agents. She also worked as a Team Leader at the Asia Business Center in the Phuket, Thailand. Previously, Carol was a teacher of speech and oral communications skills at the State University and other major educational institutions in the country. She likewise passed her Test of English for International Communications (TOEIC), garnering the Advanced Working Proficiency Level. Carol has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Communications with units in M.A. Speech Communication from the University of the Philippines.
Ma. Rosario A. Francisco (Charo)
Charo has a broad cross-cultural background with both Western and Asian cultures. Her vast experience in language teaching includes classroom teaching, tutorials, translation and teacher training in various schools, universities and other established language learning institutes in the Philippines. She also has an admirable track record in teaching English as a Foreign Language to foreigners both here and abroad. As a Teacher and Tutor of the International Catholic Migration Commission(ICMC), she was deeply involved with the ESL program for Vietnamese, Lao and Khmer refugees bound for the US. She has been sent as an official agency delegate to the International English Teachers’ Conference in Vietnam and Japan. Charo has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and an M.A. in Speech Communications, both from the University of the Philippines (UP).
Carol is a graduate of B.A. organizational Communication of University of the Philippines (U.P.) Manila and has acquired units in M.A. Speech Communications at U.P. Diliman. She is currently a freelance module developer and trainer. She is also a part time interviewer at Convergys Research. Her previous affiliations include O.B. Montessori in Greenhills where she taught Language and Filipino to elementary students; U.P. Baguio as an instructor of Speech Communication and Oral Interpretation subjects and Customer Relationship Management Specialist Inc. otherwise known as Call center Academy.