A tribute to Sir and Ma’am-A A +A
Sunday, September 22, 2013
IT’S always a joy to meet young people who aspire to become teachers. One of the oldest professions in the world, teaching has always been a well-admired vocation. After all, the doctors, lawyers, and scientists of the world would not be where they are today without the knowledge and guidance of their instructors and professors.
However, while teaching remains a noble occupation in people’s eyes, it also has been overshadowed by more glamorous and high-paying jobs. Many people actually dream of teaching but would not, thinking that the work will not be sufficient to raise a family or sustain a lifestyle.
Recently, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Metrobank Foundation Inc. honored ten educators, who were chosen from among hundreds of nominees nationwide as winners of this year’s Search for Outstanding Teachers.
They represent the many Filipinos who still pursue the calling, and who are willing to stick it out, sacrifice, and excel as members of the academe. They are the people who remind us that while teaching can be the most difficult job, it can also be most fulfilling.
From the Elementary Competition, meet Fely A. Batiloy of the Special Education Integrated School for Exceptional Children in Iloilo City. A music scholar and a cultural researcher-educator, Ms. Batiloy has produced music albums and a book on less known Visayan and Ilonggo songs that are being used as reference in the Mother Tongue-Based Curriculum of DepEd’s K12.
Dr. Mitchel V. Rodriguez of Odiongan Central School in Gingoog City, meanwhile, has come up with two books on Philippine folktales that are used in their school. She is also credited for developing a school reading program called ReVoE (Reading and Vocabulary Enhancement).
Like Dr. Rodriguez, Cherry G. Vinluan of Guagua Elementary School in Pampanga also focused on developing the students’ passion for reading. Aside from putting up a reading center in her school, she also conducted research on improving reading comprehension and came up with instructional materials based on her findings.
Rodel C. Sampang of Pedro Guevarra Elementary School in the City of Manila, on the other hand, served as curriculum writer and national trainer for Social Studies. He was also involved in developing DepEd’s K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC), and is active in various trainings for his fellow teachers.
One of the awardees in the Secondary Competition is Dominique J. Maquiran of the University of the Philippines High School in Iloilo. Mr. Maquiran, who has organized close to a hundred community outreach programs, has produced Social Studies materials based on his own researches that are being used by different schools in his region.
Like him, co-winner Dr. Maria Teresa M. Bautista of Bacnotan National High School in La Union is also involve in community-based efforts, particularly in providing scholarships to the youth. Dr. Bautista, also a reading advocate, has helped produce champions in oratorical competitions and journalistic writing contests.
Marcelo T. Otinguey of Ampusongan National High School in Benguet, meanwhile, is a champion of Values Education and the preservation of culture and ethnic traditions. He has helped his colleagues as a demonstration teacher and resource speaker, while inspiring students through forming a cultural dance troupe and conducting seminars on cultural arts for them.
They are joined by Maria Lorna L. Garnace of Philippine Science High School, Eastern Visayas Campus in Leyte. Apart from conducting research and submitting papers, Ms. Garnace is known for her innovative teaching tools and strategies that make learning fun and exciting for her students.
Finally, from the Higher Education Competition, we have Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr. of the De La Salle University in the City of Manila and Dr. Emilyn Q. Espiritu of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.
Dr. Robles, who has published books and taught abroad, is behind the very first graduate program in the Philippines that combines International Relations and European Studies. He has passed on his knowledge to younger teachers, as well as diplomats, development workers, and government employees.
Dr. Espiritu, meanwhile, continues to juggle teaching and field work to be able to “walk the talk.” While conducting researches on environmental management, toxicology and solid waste management, she also serves as consultant for organizations such as the World Bank and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
All ten winners received gold medallions and cash as reward for their outstanding performance. However, we all know that there is something more precious that we can give them, and that is a simple “Thank you Sir or Thank you Ma’am.”
It’s never too late to express our gratitude to our teachers, some who have even become are second parents, mentors, and friends. A perfect time to say thanks is today until October 5, which marks the end of the National Teachers’ Month. October 5 is also the World Teachers’ Day.
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