I am a strong believer that the future of our children depends on the quality of education they have and also the kind of teachers they have. I am sure many of us can still remember that one professor or teacher who have encouraged us to do what is best for us; who believed in us; who wanted us to succeed! We all have that one particular teacher who have touched our lives and have been such a great part of who we are. As a manifestation of this matter, one day while I was having lunch with a bunch of my co-teachers we started to reminisce some of our experiences while we were in school. We started to come up with questions such as: can you still remember the teacher whom you hated so much in high school?; can you still remember the teacher who have really helped you get through high school? We went on and on, until we realized how significant these professionals have been in our growth as educators. We all agreed that because of teachers who had faith in us, we are who we are today!
Part of the reason why I became an educator was because of that! I wanted to impart the knowledge I know and to also mold the minds of our future. I want to be part of the future by building the present.
I am certain that a lot of teachers have chosen this field because of the same reasons. We want to become not just the facilitator of the “classroom” but also a community leader, and maybe a change-agent.
Our Saturday Success Story Seven is an accomplished teacher, who graduated from the University of the Philippines for her undergraduate degree, then established her own special education school in Quezon City. After that, she migrated to the United States as a public school teacher in the Washington DC Public Schools. In 2007, she became as one of school representatives to the Washington Teachers Union Leader and has since been involved in the policymaking, ramifications and other related-issues that support and maintain the credibility of the teachers in the entire Washington DC public schools. Then, in 2009 – after undergoing a year-long documentation and the grueling process of becoming a nationally-recognized and certified teacher in the United States, she became one of the elite teachers from the fifty states as a National Board Certified Teacher. This is the highest award a teacher in the United States could have under her belt.
Ms. MARIA ANGALA, also known to many as Teacher Sol shares us her insights as an outstanding Filipino teacher in the United States’s public education.
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