Today, I started another
chapter in my teaching career. It feels surreal to be in this moment. I feel like I have grown a lot- my perspectives and worldview changed. Being able to be a witness to the growth of young people brings in a different sense of achievement and pride as a teacher. It feels like everything that I poured out is now coming back to me doubled, even tripled.
Take for example this student
Mac. He was one of those students who had a very hard time during the school year. I fondly remember him not being able to finish a sentence when I asked him to introduce himself in front of everybody. But a while ago, to my surprise, he was able to introduce himself not just properly but with full confidence.
That moment made me realize
why I was here. It reminded me that my job is more than just standing in front, delivering lessons and checking papers. It reminded me that I am here to help my kids (okay, I’m calling them “ my kids” now) discover that they can be better, that growth is possible and that believing in themselves is the first step in creating the change they want to happen.
This day also made me realize
how lucky I am to be in a community of passionate people. There were a lot of doubts, there were a lot of questions and we did not run short of “lack” be it in the materials and the preparation. But amazingly we were able to pull this day off. Were it not for a team who were willing to run to and fro, were it not for a group of people willing to push through with the show despite all the challenges, were it not for people willing to offer a helping hand without pointing fingers, I do not think that this day would have ended successfully. It does take a group of passionate people willing to reach the goal despite the odds to pull off a day like this.
More than my own team, I am
invigorated by the facebook posts I see from other learning facilitators in various sites. I did see that they too had a lot of challenges ranging from lack of materials to lack of facilities, tables and chairs included (Team Tondo and Sisa, I have to give it to you). I can do nothing but feel at awe at how these people are able to look pass through all these and still put up an amazing first day. I guess it only reflects the kind of concern and the kind of commitment that these teachers have to their students. It’s beyond amazing. It is definitely inspiring. Seeing all those reminds me that I am part of a bigger team who has one goal in mind and that is to bring the education that these kids deserve.
I guess it makes sense now
what that trainer said during the General Assembly. “Oo, napapagod kami. Pero ano bang gusto mo? Mapagod ka nang malungkot o mapagod ka nang masaya?” (Thank you HR again for that amazing training.)
I cannot help but feel
blessed. All of you, every one of you inspire me.