"When I was a child, I'd never expected to become a teacher, but after I grew up, I decided to follow this course, because it would be good for me and it would allow me to help others to become professionals. Today I think this is a very importante profession, because we can help people to become professionals in the future.
When I became a teacher I knew my obligations: to wake up early, be in the school, to teach the kids. And what makes me keep doing this job is the smile in the kids faces. When a kid is inside my class and he or she is happy, I feel good.
I feel like a parent, because I really love them. I teach them well so maybe someday one of them become a teacher like me, because if you are a teacher, you get respect from the comunity, no matter how old you are, somebody will always call you 'Sir'. And I think this is great.
I am not from here. When I was a kid, we need to walk almost two hours to get to our school. We sofered from rains and sometimes we could’t sleep, other way we wouldn't be in school on time. When I finished high school I started to look after someone that could help me going to college. I prayed to God every day and all the time so He could help me find someone that would support my studies. And He heard my prayers. So here I am now.
During my elementary grade, I had a teacher, a really great one. He was very serious and focus with the pupils. When somebody was talking behind him, he used to get angry and spank the door and the blackboard, so the kids would pay attention to him. I can't forgot him, because I learned so many thing from his classes. He has passed away now, but I will always remember him in my mind and in my heart.
I want to be a good teacher like him, but I'm not as angry as he used to be. Actually, here in Philippines is against the law to spank the doors or any kid. This was something that happened a lot in my days as a student. Because of this, I created other systems to make the kids attempted to me. I hug them, I touch their heads. Sometimes, I bring snacks and sweets to the classroom. I want them to love school and love their teachers. If they love you, that is the better way to get their attention. And there is something else: If they love you, they will expect the best from you, so this forces you to be a good teacher, to persud what is the best for them.
The educational system in Philippines is good, but they don't have enough material to teach properly. That is my opinion. They don't provide materials for the children. And there is a lot of teachers that are not really familiar with new tecnologies. So the big problem here is that the kids don't learn everything they could, because they don't have good materials or qualified teachers.
As teachers, we are poor people. But sometimes, we can provide, from our pockets some materials so the classes are better for the children. I think this is government job, but sometimes this is the only way to improve our classes.
We spend at least a part of our incomes with the school. We share our payment with the children, with the schools, between teachers. Everytime there is a new activity or event, we need to give contribuitions so the school can make it in a good way.
For me every child is a special child. They have their own intelligences. There is a child that is wise and other one that is not like that. Some of them are quiet, some of them are noisy. Some of them are bright and some of them are not so bright. I have now thirty pupils in my class. Some of them have family troubles, some of them have good families. Some of them will be professionals, some of them will work with their families.
But I wish everything for them. I wish that they continue to grow. Everytime you achive the next grade, is a conquest. It's up to them if they will survive and resist or if thei will quit. But I wish they can achieve their bests.
To my teachers friends I want to say that: 'We will not quit. We will continue to do our jobs so that someday we will all become great. Keep working, don't stop'. "