Teach For Liberia Team Profiles
Desmond Diggs returned to Liberia in 2010 his skills and talents to the rebuilding efforts in Liberia immediately after successful matriculation at Morehouse College, Atlanta GA. with the intent to lay the groundwork for an initiative to facilitate the development of a Teach For All network partner in Liberia Desmond has also worked as a consultant with local municipalities in governance and regulatory policy roles with the Monrovia City Corporation. Additionally, Desmond has led multiple teacher trainings in coordination with the Ministry of Education, Open Society in West Africa (OSIWA), and local civil society organizations. Inc. Desmond is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholar and an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. Desmond is currently completing coursework to complete the MSc Degree in Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s International Education Development Program. Desmond is the Founder and Executive Director of Teach For Liberia, Inc.
Dr. Jobila William Sy
Dr. Jobila Williams Sy is currently an assistant professor at the American University of Antigua (AUA) in Education Enhancement Program (EED) Dr. Williams Sy earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the College of William and Mary, and doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. Prior to her position in the Educational Enhancement Department (EED) at AUA, Dr. Williams Sy served as the Director of Academic Advising at the College of William and Mary. For the past eight years, her professional experiences included academic advising, academic support services, mediation, and study skills instruction. She has been a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) for the past seven years in which she was appointed as the Chair of the Diversity Committee and awarded a research grant to study academic counseling services in Liberia, West Africa.
Jessi Hanson brings a broad range of experience to the Teach For Liberia team, in the areas of: teaching, school management, community engagement and monitoring & evaluation in challenging learning environments. She is a graduate of Colorado State University’s teacher training program and obtained her MA in International Education Policy, in 2007, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Later she served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in the Dominican Republic (2003-2005), as a Health Educator. Jessi worked in a number of capacities at the international NGOs, including: Save the Children, WorldTeach, and ChildFund. She was an education advisor for Children in Crisis, providing strategic support and training for the Liberian arm of the Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE-Liberia), and later worked with the Liberian Ministry of Education through the USAID-Advancing Youth project, and developed national curriculum for alternative education for youth and adults with low to no literacy skills. Currently she works as the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager for Vaxtrac, an INGO specializing in mobile technologies and biometrics.
Afi Daitey is a development professional with experience in fundraising, strategic planning and a host of other implementation and management skills. Her current role as the first Director of Development and Special Programs at Pride Academy Charter School in New Jersey focuses on leading all strategic fundraising, building a strong alumni network, organizing special programs to increase visibility of the school while bringing in more donors and spearheading the advocacy and policy efforts as it relates to charter schools throughout the State of New Jersey. As a 2009 Teach for America Corps member, Afi taught secondary English at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, NV. While her experience in Las Vegas allowed her to positively impact the American education reform movement, it solidified her desire to make a difference in international education. Afi has a masters in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelors in Africana Studies & Communications from Rutgers University.