Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Decade of Teaching

This is my tenth year of teaching in college. I started teaching in PUP in 1998 where my students was just a two years younger than me. I teach computer engineering subjects then. I was invited by my former department head Engr. Rafael Oquindo to teach in my alma mater PUP. I was a computer programmer/developer before I started teaching in PUP but as part of my work I also train newly hired programmer trainees in our company and had been a resource person on Information Technology on several seminars before teaching in PUP.

I guess I have the calling/passion for teaching. I love teaching, when I teach I forget everything, my problems, my worries and everything else in between. What matters are the lessons I would like my students to learn. What I would like to achieve now in teaching is to teach senior citizens, or adults who don’t believe that they can still learn to operate computers and I would like them to enjoy the benefits of the Internet. Maybe even teaching kids about computers would be fun.

As I celebrate my tenth year of teaching, I would have liked to teach on where it all started even for just once a week, but some circumstances did not allow me to teach there this semester. I have taken a leave of absence in PUP last semester to pursue my business and I have no regrets. I also started to teach in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina(PLMAR) last year and I teach there this semester for a few hours everyday and the rest of my time is devoted to my family and my online business.

As I look back these past ten years, I cherish the memories I have of PUP, my students who are also my friends that until now I have in contact with and my colleagues. I am what I am today because of the trainings I gained from teaching. I did not just teach, I also learned. I was taught about leadership and resourcefulness.

I would like to thank my mentor, Engr. Rafael Oquindo, who trained me to be proactive, independent, shared the joys of researching and believe that I can do things once I set my mind into it.

At present my priority is my family and my business. I do not know if I will go back to teaching full time but I am not closing my doors to any opportunities coming my way. There are several schools offering me teaching posts but as of now I would concentrate on my redesigning mylittlebaker(way overdue!) and my Christmas Product line.

PLMAR have become my new academic family, I love the camaraderie and the joys of teaching the school is giving me. I hope to share and contribute the skills I have to PLMAR.

For the past ten years I have devoted myself to teaching and loved every minute of it. Now I would like to give the same devotion to my business, I feel the time is right. I have to do this and when I give it my all I know I will succeed!

This is the inspirational quote I always keep in mind these days.

“ I deserve the best and the best is yet to come.”

3 comments:

Gilbert Suni said...

Ma'am, ur one of d best professor during our college days! Wish you all the best in your endeavors. GOD BLESS. ----COE Batch 2003

Sexy Mom said...

congratulations, Joan, on your 10th teaching year. they say once a teacher, always a teacher, and i am sure you will be returning and returning and returning to teaching, even if only part time/

Sexy Mom said...

congratulations, Joan, on your 10th teaching year. they say once a teacher, always a teacher, and i am sure you will be returning and returning and returning to teaching, even if only part time/