"I really love children. I really like the fact that I was able to become a teacher. My older brother is a teacher as well, he was a model for me. But I had really good teachers in my days in school. I always admired the teachers, they were my idols. I wanted to become like them. One of my special teachers was really good, she was lovely. She used to treat me like a mother does. Today she is one of my supervisors.
I look a lot like her now that I am a teacher. I always catch myself being a mother to my pupils. I am so happy to be able to help them, and be there for them. This is my life.
We call the children our pupils here in Philippines. Pupils are the students from kindergarten and elementary schools.
Being a teacher is not always easy. We have to deal with a lot of paper work. We need to try hard to develop their individuality. The system don't actually supports us. The public schools can not afford to provide materials, specially in kindergarten, where we need lots of different materials for our activities. We buy a lot of things from our own pockets. My classroom, for example, I needed to pay someone to paint it, so it become a nice place for the kids to be.
I am really proud of being a teacher. I used to admired my brother doing his job. I've always wanted to teach. When I was in grade six, I decided that this would be my profession, because it was when I had one of my bests teachers.
Not everyone in my family supported my decision to become a teacher. When I was at the beginning of my studies, my father was a rural worker and my mother was a housewife. I was very afraid that, to achieve my dream, I had to confront them, because their custom was to take the children to help. And I knew it would be hard to pay for my studies. But I got a scholarship and I could become a teacher.
I hope my pupils become more like me. I want them to run to their parents saying 'I want to become a teacher like her'. This would make me happy. I hope them to become professionals, to become good citizens, to help the country. Some of them are really in need and it takes lots of support to go to college, so I can not tell that they will all going to become professionals. Many of them have problems with the family, financial problems.
But over all, I keep expecting them to become professionals. I have hope for them.
Teachers, help your pupils! Love your pupils! Encourage them to become professionals when they grow up. For some of them, we need to be the mother they don't have. It is ok. Make sure that they feel comfortable and love to be inside the school. Make sure they feel safe. Always show them how important it is to study and how proud you are about being a teacher, about being able to study."