Teach For Liberia Team Profiles
Desmond obtained the MSc Degree in Education at the University of Pennsylvania in International Education Development and completed a capstone externship at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Education Directorate in Paris, France. He returned to Liberia in 2010 just after completing undergraduate studies at Morehouse College, Atlanta GA. He arrived with the goal to establish Teach For Liberia. Desmond has also worked as a consultant with local municipalities in the areas of governance and regulatory policy. Additionally, he has led multiple teacher training 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. He is also a seasoned evaluator with mixed- methods research experience in the health, education, and economic sectors. Desmond is the Founder and CEO of Teach For Liberia, Inc.
Dr. Jobila William Sy
Jobila 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 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 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2007. 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 Educationalists (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. Jessi supports TFL by leveraging her experience in M&E to lead measurement and evaluation activities to track TFL’s progress.
Ms. Marcelle G. Yhap
Marcelle earned a Masters in Teaching from the University of Southern California (USC) and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a focus on Human Development and Early Childhood Learning. Ms. Yhap has translated her educational training to work in various community-based organizations through strategic program development, holistic principles of youth and community engagement and implementing data-driven best practices. In 2015 Marcelle returned home to Liberia to create and implement programs to enhance school culture. Her expertise is in student- driven After School activities, strengthening school leadership with peer-to-peer observation/feedback tools, and creating literacy building capacities at both the student and administrative levels. Ms. Yhap recently worked as an Innovation Manager in the Partnership Schools for Liberia program and the Ministry of Education. She is the Creative Director of a youth-lead young women’s group in Paynesville, Liberia and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Ms. Yhap specializes in creating and implementing programs that emphasize community development through education advancement. Marcelle leads the grant writing, research, and engagement arm of TFL paving the way to secure the resources to continue to grow TFL’s impact.
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