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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Heart of A Teacher



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Earlier today I had received a surprise instant message on my +Facebook+ page. The message was from a student of mine asking when I was coming back to the +Philippines . I was elated with joy from the message as another sentence appeared right after:

"Sorry, ma'am. Do you still remember me?" 

I guess I should explain myself more before I continue on. Back in 2008, I was offered a position in the Philippines to teach English and set up the Training and Development Center for +Global Sky Communications. At the time, I was not working for 6 months due to the major lay offs on the +Las Vegas  Strip. No one was hiring, so I took the only opportunity that was offered.

I flew out to the Philippines on +New Years Eve . It was rather symbolic since I was going to start the +New Year in a whole new country. The 18 hour journey had me thinking and crying of what would be. Did I make a mistake? What the hell was I doing? Did I even have a choice? Would I be accepted? Either way I saw it, the choice was made, and I either make the most of it or go back to square one - stay in America and hope someone hires me.

My first day at work, I wore the standard business suit and heels. You should have seen the reception I had gotten from the employees. Everyone else was in jeans and a t-shirt! Due to my outfit that day, I was received as the Fil-Am Boss or "Ma'am Jess." At the time, it felt awkward being called that but I was later taught that it was a compliment to be called ma'am. Yes... I still feel old anytime I hear it!

 I spent a total of nine months in the Philippines. As I was learning the culture of my parent's home country, I was also wondering if I even made a difference in the people I taught. How have I touched their lives in some way, just by teaching them my birth language?

 In the Philippines, if someone can speak proper English, they will be able to work at a Call Center and make lots of money ($10 a day) to support their family. Therefore, my students were very eager to learn what they can from their Fil-Am Boss. So much so that many stayed after class to ask for other resources to help them improve.

As a facilitator, you never know if you had made an impact until one of your former students pays a visit. That instant message I received earlier was from my top student in class. I chuckled when he asked me if I remembered him. I did! This student came to class Monday - Friday on time. He traveled 3 hours one way just to learn English. His motivation was to get a job so he can support his entire family (mom, dad, wife, and 2 kids).

He now works for one of the top Call Centers in Manila. He is able to provide for his family and send his two kids to school. His instant message to me was a heartfelt thank you for changing his future.

To receive a message from him was a treat. To hear what he has accomplished... Priceless!



25 comments :

  1. I am a teacher also. So I can relate to the reward you must feel in seeing your students succeed. I'm sure it was difficult to leave them.

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    1. Thank you, Pam! I am a corporate trainer by trade so to step into the position of teacher was a humbling experience. To see them grow is a reward all in itself :).

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  2. Thank you. What a lovely story. It is amazing how our lives can touch another. I found you via Night Owl Blog Hop.
    Handmade at Warratahstree

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    1. Hi Tracy!

      Thank you for stopping by :). The experience to teach and to be called teacher is amazing! Thank you, again!

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  3. Great story and I love the quote at the top - spot on!

    Found you via: http://pinkowl07.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-bunny-hop.html

    Em :)

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    1. Hi Emma!

      Thank you for stopping by :). And thank you for the compliments. I hope to be able to teach again. It was a great experience!

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  4. Visiting from the Bunny Hop. Now following via Networked Blogs.

    Would love to have you join our Bloglovin Blog Hop:

    Bloglovin Blog Hop

    Meg
    Happy Kids, Inc

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    1. Thanks a bunch! I will be stopping by to say hello :)

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  5. Nominating you for the Liebster award. So stay tune for the post

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    1. Wow! Thanks a bunch! I am soo honored :)I will look forward to your posts! And thank you so much for doing the Blog Hops!

      Jessica

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  6. That is so great!!! Every teach deserves a treat like that. I've had amazing teachers in high school and now in college and I LOVE chatting with them. A professor i had the first semester at college which was 2010, I'm friends with her on facebook. I've been blessed with some great teachers

    Thanks for doing the hop!! Following you now too!

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    1. Hi Krissy!

      Thank you so much for stopping by! That is awesome :). I would love to be known as a "cool teacher"! I hope they did too. I had them watch Sponge Bob Square pants and Friends to learn English :).

      I will stop by and say hi at your neck of the woods. Thanks again!

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  7. I'm visiting from Linkin' with my Ladies, and your post was fabulous to read. I love that you appreciate the value you had in making a difference. It really only takes one person, doesn't it? :)

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    1. Hi Rosey,

      Thank you so much for stopping by! And thank you for the wonderful comment :). Having taught in a different country was an awesome experience! It was nice to know that I did make a difference in someone. Thanks, again :)

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  8. I love this! Great story! I'm so glad you shared it! :)
    ~Jen

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    1. Thank you so much, Jen! I'm just happy that my student is doing well and likes to keep in touch :). Happy you stopped by!

      Jessica

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  9. Go Jessica! Proud of you for doing this Blog. You are an inspiration!!

    Thank you for everything, including let me post my website. :)

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    1. Thank you, Rachael! I have your link at the end of the blog. If you have a picture or log, let me know! That way I can make it link back to your website too :)

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  10. What a great story:). I'm a teacher also, and sometimes it truly is fulfilling:)!! Thanks for linking up today at The Owl's Skull! Alice

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    1. You're welcome! What a cool blog hop! I enjoyed it :). Thank you for stopping by too! Teaching is something I truly love!!

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  11. What a blessing and a leap of faith for you to take a new journey in life to go teach English in the Philippians, I can't even imagine how thrilled you were to get that message. But I commend you for giving to those children and the difference you have made in their lives.

    Stopping by from the Owl's skull blog hop, coreycreativecorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Corey!

      Thanks a million for stopping by :)It was a pleasure and an honor to teach them out there! I will stop by and say hi :)

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  12. Be sure to stop by the hop this week! I featured your post:). Grab a featured at button. Happy Tuesday!! Alice @ The Owl's Skull http://theowlskull.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-wonderland-hop-4.html

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    1. Yippee!!!! I will be right over. Thanks a million!!!

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  13. Jessica,
    This is a beautiful post! As a teacher, I am actually having a really hard day at work and I am facing lack of appreciation with something that has happened. Reading your post made me feel so much better. Sometimes as teachers we don't get appreciation right away and we do feel like...well like your picture with a candle that's burning and consumes itself for others.
    Sometimes it is good to have somebody or something outside of you to help you look things in perspective when youhave negative experiences so thank you for that post!
    Maria

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