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    Posted May 11, 2012 by
    San Juan City, Philippines
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    Your most inspirational teacher

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    For 10 years (elementary and high school), I studied at St. John's Academy in San Juan City, Philippines. I was an average student and unlike my classmates, I had a very boring and uneventful time. I didn't excel in any of my subjects & made an arduous effort to get passing grades.


    I was in 6th grade when my girlhood phase altered from monotonous to interesting. I began noticing the attention my Science teacher, Miss Arlene Manal, had been giving me. She repeatedly motivated me by looking at me straight in the eye & telling me that she believes I can do better. She led me away from the feeling of defeat and frustration. She saw more in me.


    Miss Manal is the most effeminate teacher I've ever had. I can say that being womanly is something indistinct in my character so I unconsciously admire her ways. She taught the subject with grace and vigor and I will always be grateful to her for introducing me to the exciting world of Science.


    Miss Maylene Regner (photo 2) taught Filipino in our school. She is a towering figure -pretty and fair complexioned. As her name suggests, she's not pure Filipino. She doesn't even look Filipino BUT she teaches the Filipino language. It was gratifying how well she spoke and taught the language. I used to find the subject uninteresting but because of her friendliness, enthusiasm, beaming smile and her kinda' hard to forget strong modulated voice, my love for the Philippine language deepened.


    Och Gonzales Umlas  doesn't know that I am her student. Our classroom? Well, it's Facebook! She is really a teacher by profession and one of the best. Not only does she have intelligence but a very delightful nature and an infectious smile (photo 1). She, unmistakably, encourages positive learning. Teacher Och inspired me to appreciate and express what is amusing and comical around me. I learned to look at everything in a positive light and so what others deem difficult is otherwise for me.


    Luningning 'Rafy' Palabrica (photo 3) is an ireporter. I came to know her last year at the CNN ireport birthday meet up. She has been a teacher for 20 years. Mom Rafy, as I fondly call her, is a personification of motherhood and strength - not only to me but to many. Place her anywhere and expect that she will be able to diffuse herself into the hearts of everyone that is there. Mom Rafy has inspired me to be more open to people and listen well to what they have to say.

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