Pursuing my teaching career was not an accident. It was really meant for me. I was just led to it. The truth is I hated teaching. I never thought that I would be a good teacher.
Let me share with you how I landed a job as a teacher.
One day, I went to the Magallanes Village Association to mail a letter. As I was waiting in line, I met this Indian looking man with a stack of flyers.
He came up to me and asked me if I was Indian. I answered, “Of course, are you Indian?”
He answered, “No, I am not but I look Indian.”
We struck a conversation. He gave me a flyer and asked me to apply in their school. This man happens to be Tony Esteban, the owner’s son of Esteban School.
The next morning, I went to their Dasmarinas Village campus to apply. This was their Preschool Campus. Mrs. Tina Esteban interviewed me and she sent me to the Grade School Campus in the Nutrition Compound.
I was interviewed by Mrs. Eleanor Esteban, the owner of the school. Before I even realized, I landed a job as a Computer Teacher.
Why a Computer Teacher?
I had worked with First Datacorp for six years as a Computer Programmer. I also took my Masters of Computer Science majoring in Information Management. Therefore, I was qualified to teach the Computer subject.
When I started teaching, I found it very difficult. My students were not listening to me. I was struggling.
I wanted to give up until ……..
I met a co-teacher who was kind enough to guide me on what to do.
The very first thing she told me was:
Understand your students. Get to know them. Bond with them and learn to connect.
This was the best advice which was ever given to me.
The very next day, I had a meeting with my Grade 6 students and asked them how they really felt about my teaching skills. I asked them to be as honest as possible.
Feedback was very painful. I really sucked.
I wanted to prove it to myself that I can be a good teacher.
So, I embarked on my teaching journey.
I changed my teaching style. I became very hands-on.
At the end of the year, my students were very happy and they enjoyed my classes.
I also realized that this is my passion and I enjoy doing it. I want to grow old with it.
On my second year of working with Esteban, I decided to enroll in the Teacher’s Certificate Program in De La Salle University.
I learnt all the ins and outs of teaching. I felt I was ready to teach other subjects like Math and English.
I expressed my desire to teach Math and English to my boss. However, she felt it was best for me to remain as a Computer Teacher.
At that time, Esteban was a franchisee of Kumon. Kumon is a Japanese Method of teaching Math and English. I became very curious about this.
I started inquiring about it.
I attended their Franchise Orientation. Before realizing it, I got accepted as a franchisee. I resigned from Esteban to pursue opening a Kumon Center.
Six months later, I opened my own Kumon Center in Pasong Tamo, Makati.
Running a Kumon Center was very challenging. I went through many ups and downs but I learnt a lot. On my first year with Kumon, I had 96 students.
Isn’t it amazing! I really achieved something until …..
My mom became very sickly
Kumon changed the Terms and Conditions of their Contract.
This got me sad and depressed. I did not know what to do. So, I prayed and asked for a sign. I got my sign.
I went to the IPO office to register my trade name ‘Easy Math’ and guess what? It got approved.
This was my sign that it was time for me to leave Kumon.
I left Kumon on March 31, 2008. I started my tutorial center on April 1, 2008.
The first 5 years were a struggle. I actually did not know what to do. I would just follow what parents would say. I observed how the kids learn until I finally understood it.
Finally, I came up with my own method.
This is the method we practice today.
It is a fusion of what I learnt in Kumon about mastering the basics and following up on what the child is being taught in school.
I am glad to share that this method has been successful.
My staff and I have nurtured so many Young Achievers and there will be many more to come.
I am really grateful to my staff, for being there with me, during my ups and downs, in journeying with me through my teaching career.