Maliban sa kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan, ang mga guro ay isa rin sa mga pangunahing gabay sa mga batang mag-aaral. Samakatuwid, ang mga guro ay pag-asa rin ng bayan.
Ngunit bago ang lahat, sa dinami-daming trabaho na pwedeng pagpasukan ng mga subjects ng tinuturo nila, bakit ga nila mas pinili ang karera ng pagtuturo?
“Kasi, based on my experience, as student assistant [dati], ito na ang naging mundo ko. Nandito na ang puso ko. Kumbaga, napamahal na sa akin ang work ko compared sa tinapos ko na Bachelor of Education. But, I think, related din naman ito sa akin [trabaho] kasi educational din ito, ang pinagkaibahan, College level ito at ang tinapos ko ay Pre-school Education. Pero kahit ganoon, iyon nga, nasa puso ko na ang trabahong ito.” – Nea Godoy-Maringal | Students’ Department Clerk and Assistant, LPU-Batangas
“It is from the heart.. Teaching is the best way to serve and share what you know best.” – Ma’am Jho Arquillo | School Principal, Sico 1.0 National High School
“I really love learning for my life is not complete without learning. And the most fulfilling about it [teaching] ay, well, nando’n sa mga students who need assistance, trying to strive and be successful someday, mga batang laging sinsabi na di nila alam. Pag may pinagagawa, sasabihin, ‘Di ko naman po alam.’
“I am always ready to give my helping hands. Kaya lagi ko sinasabi na that is the reason why nandito ako as teacher–to give direction, to assist their needs, to impart learning. Responsibility ko ‘yon bilang isang guro. For i believe na kaya napasok ang bata ay para matuto.” – Jessica Cabaces | Language Teacher, Alangilan Senior High School
“I chose to work (and stay) in the academe because it has been my passion to empower students, and when they expressed to me that I have made an impact in their lives in a good way, I discovered my purpose, making this life worth living. For me, teaching life lessons is something that I’ll never get tired of doing.” – Mayette Gabrielle Manalo | Prefect of Discipline, LPU-Batangas
“Well, I teach because I feel like imparting your knowledge is a privilege, kasi hindi naman lahat kaya ang magturo. It takes patience and heart. In my three years of teaching, I’ve grown to love teaching because it feels great that you get to be part of a person’s education and contribute to it no matter how small it is.” – John Bryan Carl Zamora, RRT | Registered Radiologic Technologist, NL Villa Memorial Medical Center Science Department Faculty, De La Salle Lipa
“Teaching is a profession that is mother of all professions. A teacher is a potter who delicately shapes our impressionable minds and mold into a vessel that defines our perception and ambitions. The most fulfilling part about it is when I see my students acquire knowledge, competence, and especially, virtue.” – Liezel Lontoc | Malapad na Parang National High School
“Honestly, I didn’t choose this career. Teaching had never been an option. I used to jokingly say that “this noble calling chose me”. I really wanted to be a lawyer, that was why my undergrad degree is AB English. However, my father had this rule that he would only be responsible to our first four years in college. If we wanted to pursue another course, we had to make way.
“I started looking for a job to be able to materialise my dream, and the easiest job I got is teaching. The university where I graduated absorbed me… And from day one that I met my students, I sensed the determination they had to improve their lives, and there was no instance that they failed to make me feel loved. Then, I realised, this is what I was made for.
“This job is really fulfilling. Like everyday is a new story to tell where no two days are the same. Students would really do their very best to impress you. Plus the fact that you are working with fresh minds; you are also helping the kids develop their self esteem, ignite their determination to dream more, and seeing your “kids” successful in their lives is more than money.
“But honestly, one thing that I really love and I undeniably feel fulfilled in teaching is: when my students look for me, everytime I am absent.” – Liza Panganiban Arnigo | Faculty, LPU-Batangas