Heroes in the classroom
Rona U. Razon
In my experience, having been part of the Department of Education for several years, teachers go through a lot; the daily grind of teaching, trying to instill knowledge to their students takes its stall on them.
An “EDUCATOR” should possess an inner drive that helps them realize their handwork, improves the quality of their students’lives, preparing them for their journey and equipping them of the necessary tools that are essential to ready them for their future endeavors.
In addition to this, our teachers get that teaching is a tough way to earn a living, but they pride themselves on doing whatever it takes to help our youth of today, in order for them to have a fighting chance by getting a decent education. In other words, they are more than willing despite of their minimal pay and long hours teaching in the classroom, they are willing to make sacrifices in comparison to other professions, the school days is relatively short, but teachers are expected to be working the entire time with the exception of a built-in prep period and a 1-hour lunch break. A teacher is in the classroom with the students most of time.
On the top of that, teachers recognize they’ll have to work outside the regular day to complete their lesson plans, check test papers and prepare for next days’lesson, teaching will never be an easy profession. That much we know, but we also know that being a teacher is far more than a job rather it is a vocation that requires a lot of patience and sacrifice, that shall endure hardships and will stand the test of time. Every student past or present should treasure this as long as they live. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude all teachers, you are the true heroes of mankind.
The author is Teacher I at San Agustin Integrated School.