The Association of Filipino teachers in Eastern America, Inc. (AFTEA, Inc.) started in 2004 in New York City. Based on my observation, when I came here to New York City back in 2003 as one of the 700 hired Filipino teachers recruited by the New York City Board of Education (NYC BOE), together, we felt that kind of happiness of achieving the "American Dream" to serve the American students in the United States of America. So right at that time as we started teaching, we already made up our minds to plan something better, something that we, as Filipino teachers in the US, should strengthen ourselves in the community, as well as support one another in times of necessity or obligation, a kind of circumstances in which all of us are involved to do some course of actions, all-important and essential, not optional, for the common good of students, parents, and teachers in the educational community.
In the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States, the 1st Amendment guarantees freedom specifically, the right of assembly for our group's common purposes: building lives, building families, and building professions. Inspired by our spirit of giving and helping those who are in need, we extended our voluntary financial contributions to some Filipino teachers who were sick. For this reason, we started our group and organized it in 2006.
Please check our group's mission statement,
Interestingly, these teachers are our contemporary friends back in 2003, 2004 & forward. Most of them are E-World teachers from 2003 to 2005. Other Filipino teachers are from Health Quest and other recruiting agencies from 2006 and onwards. On the other hand, some teachers until now, have availed the so-called Educational Partners International, LLC (EPI), an Exchange Visitor Program authorized to sponsor teachers for K-12 placements in public, private, and charter schools in any state of the United States of America, a kind of cultural exchange program with a J-1 visa valid only for three (3) to five (5) years. So for International Teachers like you, from anywhere in the world, apply now to teach in the United States of America (USA) by checking out the links below.
In addition, the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), an online company that operates in 15 states in the United States of America, the easy way for working professionals to get certified to teach American students, had also recruited teachers from the Philippines to teach provided those teachers should pass the written examination that was held in Manila, the Philippines in 2006 and onwards.
The good news is that our wonderful & amazing recruiting agency, E-World Resources, had given us all the seminars even those teachers after we left for New York, with all the topics needed such as classroom management & discipline and other topics as well, beginning in 2003 to make us ready to teach the American students in the USA and to pass their own agency's oral interview and written test as a requirement for qualification to be able to face the actual oral interview and written test to be given by the New York City Board of Education's group of interviewers upon coming to the Philippines.
Luckily, the New York City Board of Education (NYC BOE) recruiters who'd looked for more teachers of various areas to fill the vacant teaching positions needed in the city accepted around 700 Filipino teachers including myself, from all over the Philippines who passed their oral interviews and written tests/essays during their screening of applicants that were held respectively in Manila and Cebu, the Philippines in 2003.
This evidence has always encouraged every one of us that the New York City Board of Education congratulates us for choosing a career in teaching with their school system to share with the American students the joy of learning, the security of knowledge, and the satisfaction of knowing that we are making a difference in their lives, and most of all we are preparing them to meet the challenges of our global society in the 21st century.
With this letter of assurance that each of us received, we got the H-1B visas and corresponding H-4 Visas for our dependent Filipino teacher families, and we joyfully left for New York City in batches starting in September 2003 till 2004.
Beginning in 2004 right here in New York City, we did the first move - listing the names of Filipino teachers who arrived in New York City in 2003, and even those teachers who transferred to New York from other states. Tirelessly, we'd continued doing that listing till 2008 from various sources.
What we did to get their names is that, in every Filipino teacher's gathering in New York City and other states when we, the group of teachers together visited out there, and in every professional development we have had sponsored exclusively by the New York City Board of Education (NYC BOE) for all teachers of various specializations and other sources as well, I purposely asked each Filipino teacher we had met to write his/her name on my prepared list.
As we started thinking of organizing the group, my kind and dedicated teacher friends namely; Mr. Dioso Torre, Ms. Essy Malibiran, Ms. Edna Alcantara, Mr. Roger Cuerquez, Ms. Celeste Casinillo Libradilla, and Ms. Mina Torralba, planned to call up all the Filipino teachers based in New York City for a Christmas Party on December 22, 2006, inviting them via sending emails and calling by phone. Check it out,
It was so enjoyable, impressive, and amazing Christmas party that for the first time in history the new New York City Board of Education(NYC BOE) teacher recruits and newly arrived teachers from the Philippines from 2003 to 2006 by batches attended our 1st party right here in the greatest city of the world, a city that never sleeps, New York City! Having said that, we elected our 1st set of officers of AFTEA, Inc. under my humble leadership starting in 2006 to 2012.
Right after the election of officers, we agreed to directly make an "action plan" for every activity that we had for the group and consistently followed those plans. Some of the projects that we've accomplished with a great and positive impact on our educational community are shown below. Of course, thanks in a million for all our dedicated officers, members, friends, and supporters from all over the world who in one way or another have made our projects from the start a success.
Executive Board Officials for 2022-2023 (President: Dr. Essy N. Malibiran)
Executive Board Officials for 2018-2021 (President: Dr. Roger P. Cuerquez)
Dr. Roger Cuerquez, together with the officers have been encouraging teachers to take up Ph. D's as part of their professional development thereby our group is producing the 1st Batch of graduate students consisting of eleven (11) full-pledged Doctors of Philosophy in Management Specialized in Education (Ph. D.). And now, next is the 2nd Batch of prospective nine (9) to fourteen (14) doctorands, who will hopefully graduate by the next year 2023 plus, all the above-mentioned projects.
Executive Board Officials for 2013-2017 (Chairman/President: Dr. Eufemia B. Patron)
Dr. Eufemia Patron and officers have been spearheading, too, by initiating our group's educational tours for all teachers/friends across other states nationally, and also to other countries internationally specifically in Europe, since July 2014, with all the above-mentioned activities, you know. Explore further,
Executive Board Officials for 2006-2012 (Chairman/President: Pancho M. Bernaldez and Officers)
- Sharing of links of interests, the educationally related sites since 2012. Please explore, https://www.aftea-inc.org/subjectareas.htm
- Making an ALBUM for all Filipino teachers from around the world. Try to visit, and see your photo, you know. https://www.aftea-inc.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=15959408
- Assisting Filipino teachers who had/have been interested to take vacations at affordable cost and give discounts on behalf of our group since 2016. Visit, https://www.aftea-inc.org/socialstudies.htm
- Sharing my expertise/knowledge beginning in 2009. Check it out, https://www.aftea-inc.org/recognitionsandpd.htm
- Visitation to other states from New York particularly in Maryland to form a group chapter beginning in 2013. Link? https://www.aftea-inc.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=14845792
- The creation and development of our Group's official website back in 2011. Visit, https://www.aftea-inc.org
- Helping out in the community started in 2010. Visit, https://www.aftea-inc.org/communityservice.htm
- Certified by the New York State Department of Education, duly registered as a not-for-profit corporation in New York State, as well as the IRS Recognition for AFTEA, Inc. as a non-profit educational organization, a Public Charity, with tax-exempt status under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code in a determination letter issued on April 2010. Please check it out, https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/detailsPage?ein=261960768&name=ASSOCIATION%20OF%20FILIPINO%20TEACHERS%20IN%20EASTERN%20AMERICA%20INC&city=&state=&countryAbbr=US&type=lettersSearch
- Drafting our group's constitution and bylaws in 2007, two-thirds (2/3) of our members eventually ratified it by an affirmative vote. Please check it out, https://www.aftea-inc.org/constitutionandbylaws.htm
- Sharing in various social media outlets for information purposes. https://www.facebook.com/groups/138503959541398 and https://www.facebook.com/Aftea-Inc-183159161709704 & https://www.aftea-inc.org/apps/links/
Since our group's mission is to serve educationally the teachers/educators, students, parents, and the general public without any profit at all, we informed the New York State Department of Education (NYS DOE) about our group by submitting an application paper with the amazing help by our very own legal counsel, Atty. Mario L. Bejasa, Jr. Esq., and with the signatures of 14 Filipino teachers attached to it, the New York State Department of Education (NYS DOE) approved our request by making our group, AFTEA, Inc., an educational organization in New York, USA.
That's why, AFTEA, Inc., under a 501 (c) (3) within this state is not organized for profit. In other words, it is a nonprofit business, which its primary purpose is to inform and educate individuals or the general public globally through professional development and research. Evidence? Check:
Certified by the New York State Department of Education with names of teachers who'd signed for the CORPORATION. Check it out,
INITIAL DIRECTORS OF THE CORPORATION:
ROGER CUERQUEZ, Ph. D.
EDNA ALCANTARA, Ph. D.
ESSY MALIBIRAN, Ph. D.
NERISSA LINELL CALUB, Ed. D., Ph.D.
Due to our group's concerted efforts and the goal to register our educational organization as a not-for-profit group at Internal Revenue Service (IRS ) Office, we sent an application for our tax-exempt status to the said office for approval. On April 16, 2010, the office at IRS approved our application with its determination letter.
Please check it out,
And, check each IRS document by scrolling down below.
The 2022 and 2019 INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & EDUCATION CONFERENCES
The 2017 INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & EDUCATION CONFERENCE