Ruth Esquillo-Ignacio
FranklinCovey Philippines

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Ruth Esquillo-Ignacio
Founder and Director of Marywoods Academy

Educational Transformation

Leadership and Management

Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program

The Leader in Me

Ruth is a sociologist and educator by profession. Her professional experience and training have focused on research and advocacy, education, curriculum development, skills training and facilitation, and leadership formation.

Ruth is the School Director and Founder of Marywoods Academy. The academy was founded in 2002 and is a licensed The Leader in Me school that is part of a worldwide network of school that integrates into the school curriculum The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (developed by world-renowned author Dr. Stephen R. Covey). The mission of Marywoods is to bring out the best in every child and form them as principle-centered leaders today and tomorrow. Marywoods is one of the first The Leader in Me schools in the country, and presently, the only The Leader in Me school in Mindanao.
She is also a member of the Malaybalay City Early Childhood Care and Development Coordinating Committee (ECCDC).



Master of Arts in Educational Administration, Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan (2010)

Master of Arts in Sociology, Ateneo de Manila University (2002)

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University, (1989)

Project Manager, Environmental Science for Social Change, Ateneo de Manila University (2000-2002)

Project Coordinator, Environmental Science for Social Change, Ateneo de Manila University (1997-1998)

Project Evaluation Officer III, Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Province of Bukidnon (1996-1997)

Research Associate, Institute on Church and Social Issues (ICSI), Ateneo de Manila University (1994-1996)

Research Associate, Jesuit Refugee Service, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand (1992-1994)


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