Melane Manalo

Melane’s first teaching experience 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, with honors, she felt she cannot leave the classroom yet and decided to pursue teaching at the tertiary level. While handling classes in a private school in Batangas, she enrolled in professional education courses at UP, which allowed her to take the LET in April 2010 and place in Top 3.

“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.

Melane received her first masters degree on Philippine Studies from UP Diliman last 2011. She has been awarded with the coveted Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarship and has taken her second masters on Education Policies for Global Development, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

At present, she works for a global union of educators, coaches aspiring teachers, writes and edits LET review materials, academic journals and books. When not busy, Melane takes the time to learn from backpacking around Asia, watching television series, and taking brief walks outdoors.