UP NISMED Welcomes Dr. Monterola as the 9th Director

UP NISMED officially welcomes Dr. Sheryl Lyn C. Monterola as its new Director effective 8 September 2021 until 7 September 2024. A virtual turnover ceremony was held on 9 September 2021 where, Dr. Aida I. Yap, the outgoing Director, turned over the key of responsibility to Dr. Monterola. During the ceremony, Dr. Yap also reported the accomplishments of the Institute during her term. The turnover ceremony was attended by present and former UP NISMED staff and guests from the College of Education, University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS), College of Science, DZUP of the College of Mass Communication, and invited DepEd schools.

Dr. Monterola is a Professor at the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education of the University of the Philippines - Diliman (UPD). She was the founding Executive Director of the Center for Integrated STEM Education (CISTEM), an organization established in 2019 by the Unilab Foundation’s STEM+PH program, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines College of Education. During her term, CISTEM co-organized the 2nd Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia in partnership with SEAMEO, MIT J-WEL, SEAMEO STEM-ED Centre, Unilab Foundation, and the US STEM Leadership Alliance. The Center also pioneered work on innovation-focused curriculum for senior high school, inquiry-based science for K to 2, ‘lab-in-a-box’ for kids, COVID-19 comics for young children, metacognitive design thinking workshops, STEM teaching factory, nutrition literacy modules, STEM talks for families, DepEd TV episodes, and radio programs.

Dr. Monterola earned her Bachelor in Secondary Education, Master of Arts in Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Education degrees in Physics Education from UP Diliman and was awarded the outstanding thesis and dissertation for her master’s and doctorate degrees, respectively. In 2016, she was a visiting scholar at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) -National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore where her work focused on the meta-synthesis of NIE researches on 21st century competencies (21CC). Dr. Monterola is one of the leaders of the Education Futures Programme at the Department of Education that recently completed two studies on AI-based Intervention Strategies for Improving Filipino Students’ Performance in PISA and Creating an Intelligent Learning and Development System for Public School Teachers in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) MS Data Science, DepEd Policy, Planning, and Research Division, Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development, Bureau of Education Assessment, and the National Educators Academy of the Philippines.

She also collaborates with the International Labour Organization (ILO) – Philippines for its Women in STEM Workforce Readiness and Development Programme and Skills for Prosperity programme on “STEMifying” Technical Vocational Education and Training. She is the international consultant for the Skills for Prosperity programme of ILO Malaysia on STEM-related core work skills with the Universiti Malaya as national implementing partner. Dr. Monterola is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), MIT J-WEL Collaborative, National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), and the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (SPP). As an advocate of STEM education, Dr. Monterola’s strategic vision is focused on the role of UP NISMED in advancing STEM education in the country as it renews its commitment to be the lead in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of research and innovation in science and mathematics education and in teacher capacity-building. To achieve this vision, she intends to build on the strategic plans of the previous leaders and harness the collective strength of the NISMED staff.

 - M. Sasing