Presenting Miss LGBTQ 2022 Johjoh Demol-Jenae! Johjoh is currently teaching mathematics at Bronx International High School, Bronx, New York. The former Cebu City, Philippines, resident was a mathematics and journalism teacher before moving to New York City. In addition to teaching, she served as school principal for a year and a half just before arriving in the US in 2005. Johjoh completed her Bachelor of Secondary Education majoring in mathematics - MAGNA CUM LAUDE, her Masters of Arts in Education majoring in mathematics, and her academic requirements for a Doctor of Education in Educational Management at Cebu Normal University. Additionally, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Development Administration from Philippine Christian University.
Johjoh has earned several awards from local and national organizations including the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher, Victor Uy Foundation Model Teacher, and by the Department of Education as Outstanding Classroom Teacher and Outstanding School Paper Adviser in the Philippines. It's no surprise, then, that in the United States, she's been recognized by three teachers-organizations (AFTA, UNIFFIED, and AFTEA). She has been recognized for her outstanding service as a classroom teacher, mathematics teacher-trainer-facilitator, as well as the AFTA Bilikturo Service Award and the Ulirang Guro Award.
The two-fold life advocacy of Johjoh is anchored in sports and education as a way to give back to the community. Her participation in sports, specifically volleyball, started in third grade, up until now. She founded the 8 x 8 Let’s Get Vertical Invitational (LGVI), one of the largest volleyball tournaments in Cebu with sub-leagues in Bohol, Leyte, Dipolog and Bukidnon. Additionally, as part of her education advocacy, she conducted professional development workshops for teachers throughout Region VII and other regions of the Philippines. These activities intensified as soon as she joined AFTA's 'Balikturo Program' in 2017. She is currently the Vice President for Education and Research of the Association of Filipino-American Teachers of America (AFTA).