Am I a PRO?



Teacher professionalism has been subjected to discussions during the past several days in our class.  I also challenged my own idea of professionalism.  Is it based on a paper that certifies an individual’s capacity, achievement or test scores.  Or is it in the heart of a teacher who is willing to serve in order to change the world tomorrow with the children to today.

Teaching is such a risky investment.  The returns are only evident after twenty or so years.  And that is if news of a former student reaches the ears of his teacher.  As I was doing my journal, I came across the speech of Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC in Celebration of World Teachers’ Day, October 5, 2010, Philsports Arena, Pasig City entitiled “A Tribute to Teachers”.

He opened his message with a quote by Greek poet and novelist Nikos Kazantzakis who said: “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”

Bro. Armin explained, “the “collapsing” here is not an actual collapse, of course – although I know that because of the hard work and dedication of our teachers and the oftentimes- thankless nature of their job, some of them have actually gotten ill. The quotation simply shows how selfless teachers are and how noble the profession is.

Dr. Josette Biyo, a noteworthy teacher has garnered international acclaim and a planet named after her.  Yet, she decided to forego the limelight to continue influencing the youth in Western Visayas.  She is a PRO…a Person Responsible for Others.  Because of her example, professionalism amongst teacher has soared to greater heights.

And so, aside from the accolades, the certificates, and the credentials, when it comes to professionalism, only three words would remain.  Person. Responsible. Others.


Speech of DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro in Celebration of World Teachers’ Day 2010 | GOVPH. (n.d.). Retrieved May 27, 2016, from…/speech-of-deped-secretary-armin-luistro-in-celebration-of-world-teachers-day

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