About Us

Faculty

Dr. Antonio N. Torralba

Founder

Dr. Torralba’s involvement in Bannister Academy is a product of his years of experience in education, both secondary and tertiary. His experience includes:

• Ten-year experience as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the M.A. Humanities
Program of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P)

• Associate Professor in the same university and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees

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Nicolas Galvez Jr.

Founder

Mr. Galvez took the helm of Bannister Academy bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in the field of education. His experience includes teaching in both grade school and high school, and an extensive number of years spent as an administrator, from being a subject coordinator to being principal. He has also published textbooks in English and he is a regular speaker for teacher conferences. His extansive experience in education helps Bannister keep in track with its mission and vision. He also teaches in High School, handling Latin classes for grades seven and eight.

Raymond Villanueva

Executive Director

Raymond is a graduate of the University of Asia and the Pacific, with a degree in Entreprenuerial Managament. He pursued further studies in Educational Management at the Ateneo de Manila University. Aside from being the Executive Director of the school, he also teaches subjects in Social Studies and Entreprenuership in high school.

Therese Ko Villanueva

Admissions Head

Therese graduated from University of Asia and the Pacific with a degree Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications. She is currently taking up Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling Program at Ateneo de Manila University. Aside from being the Admissions and Marketing Head of the school, she teaches grade school English.

Isis So

High School Latin and History Teacher

Teacher Isis received her Honours BA Degree in History and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto in 1995. She later received her MEd in Early Childhood Education at Lesley University in 2006. Isis has been a full-time teacher since 2007 and has been with Bannister since 2014. She currently teaches Latin and History in the High School.

Jan Michael Laset

Academic Coordinator of Grades 4 to 8

Teacher JM attained both his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Santo Tomas. He is currently the level coordinator for Grades 4 to 8 and teaches 5th grade English.

Neil Reblando

Academic Coordinator for Grades 9 to 12

Teacher Neil is a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is currently taking up Master of Arts in International Studies major in Asian Studies at De La Salle University-Manila. At Bannister, he is the Academic Coordinator for Grades 9 to 12 and the Diploma Program Coordinator. Outside of the leadership role, he teaches Mathematics at the Senior High School level.

Nicolae Hernandez

Office of the Student Affairs Head

Even before marching for graduation in 2018, Nicolae, or more commonly known as Teacher Red, joined the Bannister faculty. With his Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities, Red teaches History to Junior High students and Philosophy and Politics related subjects to Senior High students. Aside from being a member of the faculty, he also heads the Office of Student Affairs.

Sarah Lim

Preschool Teacher

Teacher Sarah graduated from University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education Communication Arts English. She is taking up Master of Arts in Teaching in the Early Grades at the same university. She is the Kindergarten class adviser, and the Grade 1 Reading teacher.

Maria Josefa Asencio

Grade School Art and Social Studies Teacher

Teacher Marijo graduated from De La Salle College of St. Benilde with a degree Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts. She is currently teaching grade school Social Studies and Art.

Maria Valencia

Grade School Filipino Teacher

Teacher Maria graduated from Philippine Normal University-Manila with a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Filipino. She is currently taking up a Master of Arts in International Studies major in Asian Studies at De La Salle University-Manila. Aside from teaching Filipino, she also teaches Filipino as a Second Language. 

Shiela Morello

Grade School Math Teacher

Teacher Shiela graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Elementary Education majoring in Mathematics. Her experience includes tutoring grade school and high school students even before she graduated college. She teaches grade school Math.

Eugene Salazar

Senior High School Literature Teacher

Teacher Eugene has been in the teaching profession for more than 20 years. He has obtained a B.S. Psychology degree at the University of Santo Tomas (1999) and took up MA in Literary and Cultural Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University. A licensed teacher, a voracious reader and debate moderator. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman,Teacher Eugene teaches Literature classes in both the Junior and Senior High School units at Bannister Academy.

Ivy Ramos

High School Math Teacher

Teacher Ivy graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education majoring in Mathematics. Months after graduating in 2017, she joined the Bannister Faculty to teach Mathematics to Grades 6, 7, and 8, and occasionally Science for the same grade levels.

Jay Estrella

High School Science Teacher

Teacher Jay graduated from the University of the Philippines – Diliman with a degree in Chemistry. He has had prior experience of being a laboratory chemist before pursuing education as a career. Aside from teaching Science subjects in junior and senior high school, he is in charge of the management of the school laboratory.

Jerome Orocio

High School Filipino Teacher

Jerome earned his bachelor’s degree from Philippine Normal University with a degree of Bachelor in Secondary Education major in Filipino. He also earned post-graduate units in History Teaching at the same university. He is primarily a teacher of Filipino subject in High School; he also handles subjects such as Media and Information Literacy as well as Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Senior High School.

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Intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education 

– Martin Luther King, Jr.