Today, October 5, is World Teachers’ Day.
Teachers deserve to be honored for the roles they play in shaping us into what we are. Just a few posts back, I paid tribute to the greatest teacher I have ever had – Sir Emmett.
Sir Emmett is a fine example of how a teacher should be – passionate, full of wisdom, selfless. He cared for us, his students, like his own children. His dedication to his profession is far beyond exemplary.
Above all these superlatives is one simple fact: Emmett is the kind of teacher who inspires.
One day a few years ago, my daughter V decided to ditch her shoe-designing dream to be a teacher. I just smiled, but at the back of my mind I was thinking “Uh oh, huwag anak, hindi ka yayaman!” ( …“Tsaka gusto ko maging model ng sapatos, anak!!”)
But then again, I thought “yeah, why not?” If V can make a difference by inspiring her students – to be excellent, passionate, sensible individuals – then she would have been richer and far more successful than shoe tycoons.
So to all the teachers, despite not being in the most ideal working conditions in the Philippines, may you never grow tired of inspiring the Filipino children. Your inspiration will go a long way. Yours is among the more noble professions.
Emmett passed away last month. He left behind no riches or properties. But he did leave a lasting legacy – a Tower of Life made of individuals whose lives he inspired.
Thank you, Emmett!
Thank you, dear teachers!