For 32 years, English teacher Genecita Revelo, or simply Ma’am Necy has been able to develop young minds from correct grammar and spelling to reading comprehension.
Mrs. Revelo is currently teaching Grade 8 and 9 students at Tangub City National High School in Misamis Occidental.
Through the years, she has accepted the challenge of mentoring different kinds of students. In fact, Mrs. Revelo doesn’t only focus on English but also in extra-curricular activities.
Aside from getting three stars as a class adviser, she led Secondary Boys team to victory in Archery during the 2015 Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association Meet and qualified for the 2016 Palarong Pambansa.
Everything seemed normal until the COVID-19 pandemic. At least for most schools where physical classes have been cancelled for safety. The veteran English teacher admits that it hit them really hard.
Conducting online classes and delivering modules for self-learning may not be that easy.
“Medyo kapoy pa gyud maka-stress pero basin as time goes by maka-adjust na mi (It’s exhausting and stressful but as time goes by, we’re hoping that we could adjust to it)”, she said.
Despite the situation, the Department of Education reported that over 23 million students have enrolled for school year 2020-2021.
This left teachers like Mrs. Revelo with no choice but to cope up with digital means for students to continue learning. “Naningkamot gyud ko to cope up in using modern technology kay ma-behind ta sa mga millennials nga among gi-cater so on the go gyud ko kanunay. I-embrace na lang nato kung unsa ang current situation (I’m trying my best to cope up in using modern technology because millennials that we cater might leave us behind so I’m always on the go. Let us just embrace the situation)”
What’s making it harder for educators is the internet connectivity especially in the province and the capability of each student to understand the lessons without having to attend face-to-face classes.
“Lisod mag-explain through calls, text and even video call. Kabalo ka, malooy ko sa akong mga students sa self-learning modules nila, maka-answer ba kaha sila sa activities nga without me in front of them discussing (It is difficult to explain through calls, text and even video call. You know, I feel sorry for my students in their self-learning modules and I’m worried if they can answer all activities without me in front of them discussing).
Facing a bulk of difficulties and adjustments at her age, I asked Ma’am Necy what keeps her motivated to go on and do what she loves.
“My students, of course. Kani bitaw nga maanad ta nga di mo-undang sa trabaho taman di mahuman kay di gusto maulahi sa pag-submit, maski gyud diay edaran na same ra gyud, unya mo-reklamo na ang lawas (I’m used to pushing myself at work until I finish each task to make sure that I won’t be late for submission. I’m old and I guess my body is starting to wear out but the drive is still there)”.
Indeed, Ma’am Necy is a testament of teachers’ utmost dedication to their profession. Their sacrifices should not be put to waste. Do not belittle and laugh at their flaws because the love and commitment that they’ve shown is immeasurable.