"At first I didn't want to become a teacher, because my brother and I would like to work in the sea. In the marines, in sea ferries. I wanted to be self supported, I didn't want to be founded by my parents during college.
But I had the chance to study to become a teacher, so I took it, and I end up graduating in Math.
I wake up everyday because I have to work. First of all I have a family to feed. Second I have children that need my expertise, my style in teaching and my knowledge. And after all this years I know that if I stop doing what I do, I would break them.
I used to like school when I was a kid. During elementary, I was one of the honored students, than until High School. In college I was more easy going. I remember one of my high school teachers that was the one who encouraged me to become a teacher. I didn't plan to become a teacher, but through him I was inspired and I saw that I was able to pursue this course and become a teacher. The way he was as a teacher, he was very friendly with us. He used to say that: 'In school, I'm your teacher. Out of here, we are friends.'
I do this with my students today. I told my students the same: 'outside the school we are brothers.'
In Philippines we had 6 years in elementary and 4 years in high school, but this is changing now. The government have changed the curriculum. Starting in June, 2016, we will add two more years to high school, because the Philippines lacks two years compared to other countries. So they decided to add more years so we could become globally competitive. The change is that now we have Junior High and Senior High.
The Philippine society have respect for their teachers. If you say that you are a teacher, people respect you. I'm proud of been a teacher.
I want my students to keep the values of been a Philippine. I expect them to save in their hearts our culture, our ways of doing things. And I want them to share this with the next generations. I want them to become very holistic, and to be able to heal hearts. Because if we have our hearts healed, everything can be healed.
A teacher can change lives.
Teachers, you do a great job. You have found the best job.