Friday, October 5, 2012

Life's greatest blessing to me

People often say that you will never look at your parents the same way again once you become a parent. I believe the system works the same in the noble profession of teaching.

For those who have been reading my blog, you are more or less familiar on how I landed in the field of teaching.  I began to develop my interest in teaching on my third year in college. Graduation came and I wanted to pursue my most awaited career in the same university that honed me for four years. To my biggest surprise, I got my first taste of job rejection. I was advised to pursue my masteral degree and reapply when I finally have that diploma in my resume. This rejection affected me the most because it felt like part of my dream was taken away and among all organizations, my alma mater fed me with my own taste of rejection.

I decided to let go of my dream to teach. I ventured to another career that interests me the most. I wanted to write and being a major in Economics and Statistics, I told myself that I’m fitted to research. True enough, I was hired as a researcher and my first assignments required me to conduct and write studies. While I was already enjoying my writing job, I forgot everything about teaching. I also started to pursue my MBA and the dream to become an educator was not anymore thriving in me. 

Years later, a teaching opportunity came. My employer who happens to be a collegiate school offered me a teaching stint in the collegiate department. Four years and counting, I never stopped teaching since then.

In the span of five years, I gained my own share of happiness and heartaches in this profession. Harsh words, disrespectful kids, bottomless paper works, name it all. Such experiences are so priceless. No amount of money or material wealth could ever equate to my few years of memorable teaching.

And why I am suddenly blogging about my teaching profession? My Twitter timeline has been bombarded with retweets and words of gratitude for teachers. Hence, I was encouraged to make my own appreciation  to all my teachers and to the few who left traces of inspiration in my heart. Allow me to mention some of my well cherished teachers here

Teacher Lolly Tiamzon - I struggled a lot in my early years of schooling. I was almost in the brink of repeating first grade if Teacher Lolly didn't come to our lives. As much as my mother wanted to tutor me, she can no longer accomplish the responsibility because my special brother also needs her. Teacher Lolly was our life saver. She tutored me from grades 1 to 3. More than assisting me in my assignments, Teacher Lolly taught me to become independent and responsible. She trained me on how to rely on myself. She also opened my eyes to the wonderful world of reading. She encouraged me to regularly visit the library and borrow any reading material that would interest me. Unfortunately, Teacher Lolly already passed away before I graduated from Elementary. Wherever Teacher Lolly is, I'm grateful for the all the patience and encouragement she gave me.  

Teacher Elvira "Elvie" Austero - I survived my remaining years in Elementary without a tutor. I was able to graduate and reach the required grade to enter High School. Since then, my parents never thought that they have to incur additional expenditure for a tutor in Algebra. During my first year in High School, I failed my High School Algebra in two quarters. I used to have another tutor whom I never got adjusted with his teaching styles. I confided the situation to my Mom and she exhausted all means to search for the best Math tutor. I don't know how my Nanay found Teacher Elvie. All I know is that Teacher Elvie would remain as one of the few and talented teachers who removed by phobia in Math subjects.

Ms. Alma Regaspi - Gorospe - How could I forget Miss Regaspi's pretty face and great command of the English language. She is the best English and Literature teacher I ever had.  My greatest memory with Miss Regaspi was when she recommended me to become a possible representative for an essay writing contest. Despite getting C's in my papers to her class, she trusted in my ability. She made me realize that I can write. 

Sir Abet Guillo - I hated him the most, but remembered him the most after graduation. I hated him for those lectures and examinations in Economic Statistics and Econometrics. My lowest grades in my majors came from his subjects and I hated him for messing my records. haha When I started working in the field of research I unfortunately ate my words. I found all his lectures useful to my career.
Sir Zosimo Villa - Sir Villa is my professor in those deadly major subjects I had in college. He was my professor in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Mathematical Economics. The subjects he handled are difficult but I was able to learn a lot from him. In fact, I'm still using my notes from his subjects to my classes. He is the only professor in our college who can teach Economics with just a whiteboard marker and eraser. He only brings himself to the class and could last more than 3 hours of lecture. How about that? I often tell myself that if only I could be half as good as Sir Villa, I would be more than fulfilled as an educator.

Cliche as it may sound but teaching itself taught me to respect and appreciate my own teachers better. Now that I'm in their shoes, I realized that teaching is one of life's greatest blessings I could ever have.

Happy Teacher's Day!


  1. Teaching has so richly blessed my life as it has yours. So many life lessons learned in the classroom on both sides of the desk. :) This is my third year out of the classroom and although I love being home to be here for my own children - I really miss it! It takes a very special person to be a teacher, Diane - and that you are!! So, when you are buried under papers or hear hurtful words just remember you ARE making a difference...just like the teachers you have met along your journey. :)

  2. students (ok, guilty as charged here.hehe) are mostly teachers-haters because we have this prejudice that they live to make our lives a living hell. that is the attitude when there is nothing but laziness, of course. this world is lucky it has so many patient and dedicated teachers. :)


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