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To my educators: Thank you for your inspiration!

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020. 11:31 am CST.

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By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The life of an educator is inspiring but also very exhausting. My love for learning was instilled by my parents at home from a very early age.

Throughout my years at the Pre, Primary and High School levels, my mother imprinted into my heart, the love and most importantly the respect for all my teachers.

I was told, “that no matter what, you should not raise your voice or answer back at any teacher even if it was not your teacher.”

While attending Standard 6 at Santa Elena Primary, I was honestly always afraid to do anything that would make my teacher upset which pretty much kept most students in line with on-time assignments, passing marks and completion of all school work.

Then, earning my High School Diploma at Saint Ignatius High School opened my mind to the amazing possibilities in life (well, that is if I managed to balance my trial balance and read that Macbeth chapter).

There was no reason to stay behind after classes and try to balance that trial balance because Ms. Dez Avila had been explaining over and over how to enter the credit and debit accounts.

In addition, Mr. Carmito Sierra would be waiting for his summary of the Macbeth chapter assigned along with the vocabulary words.

It all paid off when I graduated the Valedictorian of the Class of 2007!

Proud parents, proud teachers, proud Rotarians, and proud school, I did not do it alone, We DID IT!!

Enrolling at Sacred Heart Junior College, I had decided that I wanted to be an educator. Educators inspire me to continue learning, to aim for the stars, to give it my all and I would surprise myself.

So, I did. I met a wonderful team of education professionals who helped to mold me as an educator. Janine Quiroz and Juliet Moguel thank you!

I enrolled and graduated with Honors from the Primary Education Program.

Lo and Behold, the time had come to enter the classroom, teaching license and my heart in my hand, I took up the challenge at Saint Andrew’s Anglican School.

I thanked God for his blessings because I met educators who were willing to contribute to my continuous professional growth and development as an educator. Joan Neal, Sharee Guitterez, and Wilford Pook thank you!

Indeed, there were many more educators who left their mark in my mind and heart and in the minds and hearts of many other students throughout my education and my career.

For that, I say thank you, thank you for your guidance, support, and love.

Those morals along with the love, support, guidance, and respect given by the educators throughout the years made me the person that I am today.

I learned that with hard work and dedication, you can make your dreams come true!

I am proud of the woman, journalist, community activist, and manager that I am today.

Every accomplishment is a reflection of the years of education and inspiration of my family, friends and educators who believed in me!

So, I say, We Did it!


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