I am Micah, a teacher fellow assigned in Macabalan Elementary School (MacES), Cagayan de Oro City. I graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from De La Salle University – Dasmarinas (DLSU-D) last May 2016. I am a product of a private school education that has been granted to me through academic scholarships I strived to earn and maintain all throughout my student years. I am a product of a set of parents whose dreams for their children far outweighed their financial status as a family. I am a product of a family with an intense faith to our God above that He will continue to see us through in every season, so here we are.
I stand for a transformational education for all children. I believe in the kind of education that changes lives, families, communities, and nations. I believe that every person deserves the kind of education that leads them to have a deeper purpose, stronger faith, and wholehearted living. I stand for every Filipino child to receive a transformational education that they could also share and pass on to many more for the time to come. I stand for a transformational education that could transform our nation into the best that it could possibly be.
I want to be a transformational teacher, and if given the chance, a transformational teacher trainer as well in the more distant future. Post-fellowship, I still want to continue growing into a transformational teacher who is first confident of herself and her growth so she can also walk alongside at best with her students who are continuously dreaming, learning, and growing the same way that she does. I want to grow more in skill, experience, and exposure to many more different contexts of Filipinos around the Philippines. The fellowship has helped me get to this dream by providing an experience of personal and professional breakthroughs with my loved ones, students, colleagues, school community, and TFP organization. It has given me a glimpse of how much light people have within themselves, and how we could all best share and help grow them more so we would all unapologetically reveal our collective spark and bring transformation in time.
My Fellowship Experience
My experiences in the education and development sector gave me the following realizations:
“I am who we are.”
In this advocacy for education, I realized that we are a lot of people with many differently beautiful variations of what we want for our country. At the end of the day, all our roles, contributions, and dreams are interconnected to the better Philippines that we all believe possible. This realization came to me because of my highest and lowest points in working alongside fellow education advocates, both in the organization and the education system generally. The quote, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, continues to become more true as long as we remain open to its reality.
“Ikaw ang gagawa ng sarili mong ‘bakit’.”
In the many things we undergo, both expected and unplanned, I realized that no one can tell best what we are purposed for until we let ourselves be courageous enough to discover, live, and share it. It is necessary to let our “why” grow and evolve as constantly as we do, and to let ourselves be vulnerable in every process of it. This realization came to me because of my highest and lowest points in responding to the call to teach and share lives. Kahit marami tayong pinagpapalit sa pagpili ng pananatili dito sa ating tungkulin, marami na rin tayong naiipon na “bakit” para sa sarili at naiaambag na mga “bakit” para rin sa ibang mga tao.
“Education will always feel a lot like love.”
Last but not the least, I realized that being an educator is practicing love in its loudest, truest, and bravest sense. It is pouring out our entire beings as we do extra miles and go beyond comfort zones. This realization came to me because of my highest and lowest points in associating with all kinds of people in a beautifully different context. The lyrics, “The only thing I want in life is to be known for loving Christ.”, began to resonate with me the most whenever I think of my calling to teach because I know I love best when He is the Source and Reason of my love. Transformational education for me has personally meant helping students find meaning, joy, and hope in all that we are and could possibly be.