I dreaded the day that I will be a grade
four student because I heard how strict and scary our teacher will be. But when
the first day of classes began, the feeling I had changed. Our teacher was
blind in the right eye and uses only her left eye to see. That made her
different from the other teachers in Makati Elementary School. At first, I
couldn’t hesitate but stare at her because of her disability. She said it was a
defect she had when she was born. She also told us how her defect made it
difficult for her to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher. People criticized
her, even her professors in college didn’t believe that she would become an
effective teacher. But she proved them all wrong. She is now a Master Teacher
II in Makati, an outstanding teacher and a model to most of her colleagues. She
won numerous awards as trainer and coach of different competitions in the
Division and in the Region.
She may be different from other teachers I
met but I consider her as an exceptional being. She is exceptional because even
with her disability, she is never less of a teacher but instead she is more
than just an ordinary teacher. She became a loving mother and my confidante.
With her deficiency in her vision, she
became a good listener. She listens to each student’s dilemma in coping up with
the lessons. English was a really tough subject for me when I was in grade
four. I really hate it. I often misspelled a word when writing sentences. My
sentences were grammatically incorrect when constructing paragraphs. But she
was patient enough to listen to my predicaments.
While she sat on her chair, reading our
themes, I often see how difficult it is for her to read most of our writings,
but still she patiently read every word that we wrote, with that wondrous eye
that I learned to love and admire. She is the reason why I was able to overcome
my insecurities as a young writer. I am consistent winner in campus journalism
contests both in our District and the Division. Because of the confidence I
gained from writing, I also became top 1 in our class.
with her colleagues, I noticed how they respect and love her because of her
motherly and loving nature, she is considered a mommy to most of our teachers
in MES. My confidante is what I consider her, because I was able to tell her my
deepest secrets and my aspirations in life. She made me a strong person because
she gave me the inspiration I need to face life’s difficulties.
Someday, I know I would be successful in my
chosen career -- a famous journalist, and I would be eternally grateful that
once in my lifetime, I met a very endearing and exceptional teacher such as
Mrs. Teresa Artigas Ibay . To her I owe a great amount of gratitude. If not for
her I would not realize how a disability should not serve as a hindrance to attain
your goals in life. She also made me realize how important it is to accept
other people wholeheartedly and without hesitations.