Anna Gabrielle N. Alejo

Field of Study / Research: MA Developmental Psychology

Program: Fulbright - Philippine Program - Students


Philippine Affiliation: Teach for the Philippines Makati City

U.S. Affiliation: Teachers College – Columbia University New York, NY

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ateneo De Manila University in 2011, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors and selected as the Psychology Departmental Awardee. In the same year, I was chosen as one of three Filipino students granted a scholarship by Erasmus Mundus, through which I earned a certificate in Social Psychology from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, in 2012. Since 2013, I have been working with Teach for the Philippines, a non-profit, for-purpose organization advocating educational equity for all Filipino children. Selected as a teaching fellow for its pioneer cohort, I was assigned to teach full-time from 2013 to 2015 in a public elementary school at a high-need, at-risk community. In 2015, I was offered an extended fellowship to serve in the Policy Research and Development Division of the Department of Education. My work in the Department has allowed me to review and evaluate the system at a macro level, enhanced by what I have gathered from the micro level as a teacher.

With my educational and professional background, I have decided to pursue a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Focusing my study on the area of Developmental Psychology for Educators, I aim to research on the social context in which schools operate, particularly the factors shaping teachers’ mindsets and motivations, and how these affect children’s learning and development. After earning my master’s degree, I hope to apply what I have learned to a non-government organization advocating educational equity, or continue working with the Department of Education.