After 21 years, I have the opportunity to go back to my first school teaching assignment in Caiñaman Elementary School not as a teacher nor a school principal, but as a chief examiner of the first Division Unified Test for the Grades 2 to 6 pupils of the said school. This is something to reckon with, something to value and something to share it.
|The gate of my first school|
CES was my first school assignment as a classroom teacher in 1991. I was a relief teacher, handling Grade 5 and Grade 6 subjects like English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Elementary Agriculture, Industrial Arts, P.E., Music, and Arts. I was also assigned as a property custodian, Boy Scout coordinator and Non-Formal Education coordinator of the school.
I was teaching there for 7 years and later was transferred to central school, La Carlota South Elementary School 1 for 2 years until I was promoted to head teacher 3 and finally principal 1.
After I supervised the conduct of testing in CES, I proceeded to her extension at Bagumbayan where grades 2, 3, and 4 are held there. It took me 20 minutes in going there as I rode tandem with motorcycle service of Mr. Gregorio Mahilan, one of the teachers in CES.
|My pupils in Caiñaman Elem. School more than 20 years ago|
|Admin Officer Ireneo Sumugat inducted us into office |
as faculty officers
I got a mixed feeling of emotion. As I went straight to my first classroom, I checked the blackboard and looked for the spot marked by my right hand when I boxed it after getting fed up of non-comprehension of my grade 6 pupils on their mathematics subject. I dismissed them 15 minutes past noon.
I remember when one of my unperturbed boy pupils asked me saying: "Sir, masakit man?" [Sir, did it get hurt?] I replied, "Yes, it hurts!"
|Happy moments with the pupils|
CES was not only my first teaching school, but it was also my first school assignment as a head teacher. It was where I discharged my school administrative function as a head teacher, similar to a school principal. The only difference is the limited number of teachers being supervised.
|My first classroom|
As I entered the office of the school principal, tears gradually fell from my eyes. As I wiped those tears I told my 5 teachers whom I brought along with me as room examiners that this office was my office 13 years ago. This is where I had assisted and solved the problem of my grade 4 teacher about her hubby through a fervent prayer and faithful spiritual counsel.
CES has molded me as an effective and full-fledged school principal. It touches my life, my family and my outlook in life. Caiñaman Elementary School realizes my ambition as a teacher which was my first choice of vocation and later raised me to the height of a school administrator.
I consider this as the best life experience I ever had. Thank you, Lord that I was an instrument of molding these kids. I was inspired of doing this because of you. Going back to this school for 21 years later is a fulfilled task of being a teacher and a school head in the field of education.