First, is N for Nurture Teachers. I am a supporter of teachers. Years ago there was a DepEd lingo which tell “child-centered” strategy in teaching. But on the other hand, I wanted one that said “teacher-centered,” not because I think less of our pupils, but because I believe that if we have great teachers in our classrooms, then we do not have to worry as much about the pupils. Home life is abysmal; parents have given up on disciplining their children and expect the schools to fix the problems; pupils have experienced so much failure in life that they now refuse to try. There is little we can do as educators to change these factors. What we can control is what happens at school and in the classrooms. We can call parents. We can ask parents to come in to meet with us. We can talk to the pupils. We can set expectations and help children meet those expectations while we hold them accountable. We can be the calm voice in the crisis. We can speak with reason when emotions are high. We can do so much. Therefore, great teachers are the most important ingredient to the success of our school.
My strength as an administrator is not yet proven and some of you might ask questions to that. But I believe that the key to conflict resolution is taking the time to truly listen to the concerns of other people. Therefore, my land and cell phone lines are open. (But don’t ever send me an anonymous black text) My office door is open.(But don’t try to knock on my house door because more often I am away). But in my office or here in school, I promise to find the time to sit with you, with parents, with students, and with community leaders to hear the concerns. I cannot always afford you the luxury of having your way, but I hope you will always feel that I value your time and, more importantly, that I value you.
I am more excited today at the prospect of coming to MADES to serve as the next principal than I have ever been in my educational career. My only promise is that I will work hard every day and allow my actions to tell the story of who I am and of my commitment to this school. I will make mistakes and work hard to correct those mistakes. And I will see successes (because I know teachers here are not dumb) and join in the celebration of those successes. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you and I invite myself to come see you in your classroom.(LOL) I’d appreciate getting to spend an hour or so with each of you in your classroom to get to know our pupils scholastic performance.
Ihave been told that you are an enthusiastic, results-driven team and I am looking forward to utilizing your talents for the benefit of us all. I come from should I say - a high-performing Central school (but literally for me it is), and here at MADES, I will be observing the educational climate first and later on will be introducing some new projects and programs to help us reach our potential. Please do not compare me to your past principals. Disederata says: If you compare yourself with others, you will feel bitter and vain; for there is always a greater and lesser person than yourself. That also applies when we compare one person to someone else.
I am sure that we can work well together and I know that you are all capable of a great deal. I am here to help you reach your potential so I’m relying on each of you to prove me right!
Let us work hand in hand collegially and collaboratively for the betterment and progress of our lovely