Ode to My High School Teachers

TO THE TEACHERS OF
NUEVA VIZCAYA GENERAL COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL

Now that I’m older a lot of the younger ones would tell me, “you’re such an inspiration, ate.”

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Through the years, I have learned that what you don’t have, you cannot give.

And this is where it all started.Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School

I spent 4 years in this public high school, the biggest, most populated yet most reputable in our little town. Inside the walls of this school, I went through my adolescent years. Too much fun, too much drama!

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15 years ago, after feeding our brains and building our identities (or some parts of it), my classmates and I were launched into the world.

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This year I came back to say hello. The stage that used to intimidate me looks smaller now.

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In this platform I learned to conquer my stage fright, made stupid mistakes, practiced my leadership, cried a bucket, and won awards.

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Behind the curtains were our teachers who kept scolding, pushing and caring until they dropped.

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Looking  back, I was a teenager with an attitude, a cringe-worthy writer, an awkward undeveloped character.

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Now that I think of it, it’s amazing how my teachers were able to handle so much headache from thousands of attention-seeking teenagers.

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As a public school in the Philippines, we didn’t have superb facilities, enough classrooms, adequate books but we had the best teachers.

I can say that in all sincerity, because the world has become my stage. In all my exits and entrances, I carry with me values and knowledge planted during my high school years.
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The school’s mission and vision were empty words when I was a student. But in my years of working overseas, travelling the world and meeting other nationalities, I can say that my teachers should be proud of themselves.

You have raised us to thrive and survive.

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The hallways are witnesses to the many sweat and tears our teachers shed for us to get where we are now.

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My teachers were moulders of my dreams. They sparked the flame of my imagination and creativity.

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They slowly pushed me ‘till the edge, took a step back as I tested my wings, quietly cheered when I soared and grieved when I dived down.

Their arms are always open when I come back home – whether to celebrate a good catch or to lick my wounds.

When I was in high school, I thought my accomplishments were everything.  I did taste the fruits of my hard work and success.

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But my best of times always brought me back to where it began.

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I may be oceans away but in my heart I know that every achievement is a seed of a selfless teacher.

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That is why every opportunity I get to give back, I grab without hesitations. I rally the present generation not to take their high school teachers for granted.

Listen, learn and absorb as much wisdom as you can, while you can.

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To my high school teachers, you are the guardian of a million dreams. When you feel like things are too much to bear, remember the many lives you have changed.

I can inspire others because you inspired me first.

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Indeed, I cannot give what I do not have.

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10 thoughts on “Ode to My High School Teachers

  1. I am a teacher now. When I teach, the way my high school teachers taught me, is my standard of effective and efficient teaching.

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  2. a reason perhaps why the “limelight” of going out of classroom teaching to be a head/administrator never entered my mind.
    keeping in touch with young minds keep me alive.
    it’s the constant blending and mingling with students that will shelve me, so it seems, within the four walls of a classroom for life.
    heartwarming to think of having them under your tutelage for a limited time during their adolescent years
    yet they keep on coming back even if they have long finished college, found a lucrative job and lived worlds apart.
    they may have come and gone but it’s so uplifting and gratifying to have them back looking for you.
    these young carefree teenagers we’ve set free would come back as mature global citizens.
    this stirs the heart of teachers like me
    and with this ODE, my profound gratitude!
    Thanks Violet!

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  3. A very touching read – thanks for sharing Violet! So really proud of all that you have accomplished thru the many challenges of your young life. When do I see you again? Take care! Immerse yourself in God’s immense love 🙂 Hugs

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    1. Ate Jolly, thank you for being a great influence in my life as well. Only by God’s grace do we stand firm and keep going! I’m flying off to NZ by end of August. I’ll stop by Ateneo to give you a big hug and an update about what’s going on. Wait for me! Love you!

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