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.


  1. Ah, an epiphany! At one point I wanted to be an I advocate for children's rights every a teacher. It's all in the way one see ones 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.

  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!