Arcelyn M. Adriano , LPT Faculty
I am Arcelyn M. Adriano and I have been an English teacher for the past 33 years. Part of my advocacy in life as a teacher is that there is always room for improvement. Needless to say, I do not acknowledge mediocrity in my craft. I challenge my students to be their best and not to settle for an easy life for, in the end, it feels better to harvest hard-earned fruits of dedication and patience. I am greatly influenced by mentors who speak and do. I remember one who told me, “Go out into the world and challenge yourself, this city has become too small for you”. I left the city and proved myself able to teach subjects outside my major and level. I gathered I could do it for as long as I put my heart into it. And yes, I found the answer to the nagging question in my head of whether I was still an effective teacher after a decade of teaching. I offer my service as an ordinary citizen to my community by being a member of the Ministry of Lectors and Commentators. Professionally, I decided to teach in college after a long teaching career at the secondary level. Teaching in college showed me the many young adults who could be responsible citizens someday ergo I serve them well by teaching them to be excellent and preparing them beyond satisfactory for the education of young Filipinos in the City of Mabalacat. In my class, one has to do the work to prove one’s worth of a good grade. One has to demonstrate he/she can perform excellently the task set before him/her especially so for those who will be educator’s themselves someday. I especially admire those who continue to go to school in the middle of working for a living and those who, despite having had a momentary delay, continue to finish their course. When I see my past students in the work field enjoying their careers and living out the hard-earned education they carefully struggled for, I have achieved. Bottom line, it is not really the innumerable degrees you finish nor the countless numbers of colleagues who say yes to you, but what counts most really is – how have you served, with the gifts entrusted to you?