Monday, October 26, 2009

A Very Good Place to Start

It was when I was at my dream (dream, because I thought, at that time, that it was prestigious and impenetrable) company (AC Nielsen, Philippines, a multinational market research agency) that I decided, finally, to be a Montessori preschool teacher. Client calls became parent-teacher conferences; in the place of marketing managers and presidents, even, of top-of-mind companies/brands, I now work with children from 2.5 to 6; in lieu of my monthly rice allowance, I had daily portions of Red Ribbon mamon and occasional bags of Gummy Bears; I moved, from the new Nielsen building along EDSA to a nice “children’s house” along a tree-lined street on Loyola Heights; from statistics and analysis, I am back to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

I have, since I started teaching three years ago, always declared that becoming a Montessori teacher was the best decision I’ve made so far. I’m in a setting where I am in control, yet at the same time, where there are real surprises everyday. I work with real, honest people (and I sincerely hope that Felipe, 5, was seriously just joking when he said I was fat). Sure there are times when I thank goodness that I only get the children for 3 hours a day, but the thought of having them leave the school after 3 years of being with us has always been bittersweet because while each year I send them off into the world having high hopes and knowing that I did my best for each of them, chances are I won’t be seeing them again. Still, I have always said that what I do should have an intangible benefit, a good that I could not or would not be able to see or reap. And I think I’m in a very good place to start.

2 comments:

  1. Ah, an epiphany! At one point I wanted to be an attorney...now I advocate for children's rights every day....as a teacher. It's all in the way one see ones self...as for Felipe, (he-he)...from where he's standing someone may look a certain way...and from where you're standing he may look short...but does that mean he IS short?
    Perception verses reality....
    Reality for me is Teaching for me is the best choice.

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  2. Hi! I'm a Filipina and homeschooling my 24 months old baby boy. I've always wanted to change career because I fell in love with teaching. I'm currently an electronic engineer. May I ask how can I become a Montessori preschool teacher? Does it come with a training? or do you need to be an education graduate to become one? thanks!

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