MindGym Inc. is a lifelong learning center engaged in:
- intensive coaching for the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)
- memory improvement
- academic tutorials
- reviews for entrance tests
- basic art and design
- Filipino Sign Language (FSL)
- customized corporate workshops
MindGym was conceived in 2008 by your coaches, Albert and Alice. It was the product of their desire to help teachers who failed in the LET, and as such was designed to provide review and tutorial services for LET takers. It also offered training for memory and study skills improvement for school children as a proactive alternative to traditional academic tutorials.
MindGym was founded by a powerful team of business, public administration, research, and arts and education professionals, most of whom trace their roots to the education sector.
At MindGym, excellence, responsibility, creativity, friendship, family, and goodness are core values.
MindGym challenges its learners to achieve peak results in the LET board exams, at school, and at work. From late 2009 up to March 2018, MindGym empowered 130 teachers-topnotchers; achieved an 88% to 96% passing rate in the LET (vis-a-vis the 19% to 34% passing rate nationwide); inspired budding visual artists to launch their one-man and group art exhibits; enabled students to excel beyond their parents’ expectations; and empowered teachers to be the best in their schools and communities.
In 2012, MindGym pioneered an online LET review program, My Review Coach or MRC, to reach out to aspiring teachers in the provinces and overseas. The passing rate of MRC reviewees has averaged from 80% to 85%, with a total of 32 garnering topnotcher ranks.
Coaches at MindGym design courses that are strategically relevant to the needs of different learners. They are passionate about teaching and sharing their knowledge, experience, and skills in their fields of expertise, in the roads that they have taken, and in the play grounds where they had fun learning. You can, therefore, expect each course at MindGym to be as unique as the coaches that design it and the group that attends it, to be fun and out-of-the-box, and to be memorable to last one’s learning life (which is, a lifetime).
MindGym aspires to be an agent of change through the promotion of lifelong learning and greatness in teaching. It has seen its seeds sprouting along this line as former LET reviewees (now licensed professional teachers) come back to coach and inspire new LET takers, and to gratefully share teacher-stories of how they have touched a student’s life in their own ways a la MindGym.
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MindGym Coach and Educational Administrator
Alice wished to be a doctor, became an energy economist, but ended up in the golden wonderland of teaching with MindGym.
For two decades, Alice served as a power and energy economist and a corporate planner in the public sector. After her early retirement, she became a multitasking Jill-of-all-trades: a media researcher, a medical transcription editor, a micro-entrepreneur in direct selling, a food franchisee, a financial consultant, and business center owner. Having tried these professional paths in the past, Alice finally found her life purpose at the age of 51—teaching, mentoring, and coaching Filipino teachers. She is a Licensed Professional Teacher.
Though she never dreamed of pursuing a teaching career, she has had random stints in corporate training, adult education, non-formal teach-ins, and school administration locally and overseas (even before earning her professional education units). Her varied experience in the government, business and training sectors have been handy in starting up and molding MindGym into a lifelong learning center that provides its students and employees with high-impact learning experiences and memorable life milestones.
Alice holds a degree in Business Economics, a Certificate in Professional Education from UP, and an MBA from De La Salle University. She finished two international courses: Energy Policy and Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and Medical Transcription from the San Jose State University, and has been accredited as a Certified Special Events Professional since 2014.
She envisions MindGym as a prosperous dynamic social enterprise with a big heart. She exudes motherly warmth and care to every reviewer, coach, and staff which comes her way. As a LET coach and writer of LET review materials for the almost nine years, she has invigorated her lessons by infusing practical tips not only for LET success but for a life of significance as a Filipino teacher.
Alice is a mom-for-all-seasons to her artistic grown-up kids Aaron and Aleli, whom she still fondly calls her “little twin stars.” As the current Education Administrator and a Director of MindGym Inc., she is a mo/am (mom/madam) to thousands of teachers and students who have considered MindGym as their second home.
At 60, Alice vows to be a lifelong learner and to remain forever young as a teacher-coach.
MindGym Coach and Associate Educational Director
Albert’s mom, a public school teacher, inspired him to embark on the path of teaching. At ten years old, he became a religion teacher in his hometown’s catechetical ministry. The joy he found in teaching pushed him to pursue volunteer work as a youth empowerment and community theater mentor for the next decade.
Albert has an undergraduate (cum laude, from UP Diliman) and master’s degree in Public Administration as well as credentials in philosophy and the drafting arts. He is almost done with his dissertation about collaborative management of the Philippine education sector for his Doctors in Public Administration at UP (general weighted average equivalent to summa cum laude). In April 2009, after a Certificate program in Professional Education (CPE) in UP Diliman, he took the LET and emerged as top 3 among thousands of examinees. Since then, he has been coaching aspiring professional teachers and developing LET review materials at MindGym.
Albert taught Communication Arts at the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) and Innovations Management for the MBA Program of Victoria University, Switzerland, which is offered by the Gates Professional School in Quezon City. His fascination with memory techniques led him to develop his own memory training courses, which allowed him to be featured in several local TV shows.
His passion for teaching and public service was put into practice as a Political Affairs Officer at the House of Representatives, where he supervised congressional interns. He also worked as a Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Specialist at Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
He is a government policy analyst working closely with DepEd, Commision on Higher Education, and TESDA on topics related to work-based learning systems, the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF), and the K-12 program. From 2014 to 2015, Albert was the Philippine representative to the Regional Policy Dialogues on Education and Training held in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and South Korea. He was also part of the Philippine delegation that attended the Final ASEAN Regional TVET Conference hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
In December 2015, he presented the Philippine education system at the intercessional meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministers in Paris, France. He also served as a consultant for the German organization GIZ in the development of regional core standards for TVET trainers in the ASEAN region.
At present, Albert is a Director and LET coach at MindGym Inc., an innovator who keeps MindGym relevant and fun at all times.
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Melane Manalo, Top 3, April 2010 LET
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, 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 Licensure Examination for Teachers later in April 2010.
“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. More recently this year, she has been awarded with the coveted Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarship where she took up her second masters degree, Education Policies for Global Development, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
At present, she is part of MindGym in its mission of helping other teachers realize their goals. When not busy, Melane takes the time to learn from backpacking around Asia, watching television series, and taking brief walks outdoors.