After last week’s SED stories, The Schools section catches up with the current Pharos president, Maita Pelea, for her SED story.
The Bosun: Are there any memorable experiences that you had from your classes?
Maita: My most memorable experiences always involve my blockmates whether it’s a series of jokes that turns our minds into mush and makes our tummies hurt or just some good old block banter. It’s great to know that you’re surrounded with people who share the same passion as you. It’s also great that we spend almost every day with each other and share the same sources of stress so that we can really be there for one another.
The Bosun: What is one thing that you learned from your course that made a huge impact on you?
Maita: One thing I’ve learned from my course that has made a huge impact on me is that no one is unintelligent, in other words, everyone is smart. The educational approach that really resonated with me is the Multiple Intelligence (M.I.) Theory because it illustrates that each person has his/her own strengths. Most schools only focus on language and math skills, but I know that a person has more to offer. If students (especially young ones) are allowed to use the intelligences that they feel most confident in, there are more chances for them to excel and succeed academically. However, it does not stop there. M.I. is about tapping into and honing people’s strengths while not forgetting to encourage development and improvement for their less dominant intelligences. It all comes down to the fact that we can’t call anyone dumb or inferior because everyone is talented and amazing in their own way. In the words of Margaret Mead (1935), “we must recognize the whole gamut of human experience, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”
The Bosun: How has partaking in the activities in Pharos helped you?
Maita: Pharos has helped me become a better leader. During my freshmen year, my Peer and Dragon, who happened to be the president at that time, really inspired me to be active in Pharos. By attending the events and by being active with my HCDE friends, I was able to find a family within Pharos. I ran for block representative the following year and I got to head my own projects. I learned a great deal about project management, logistics, marketing, and documentation. It was such an enriching experience and I had so much fun working with and getting to know all these different people and that’s why I ran for President. Now, I’m here, and I can’t wait to see where Pharos will bring me this year.
The Bosun: What would you say defines your course?
Maita: What defines my course is the fact that we understand how important the early years [of a person] are. CDE practitioners lay the foundation for their students and those teachers are in charge of helping them acquire the basic competencies needed in order for the them to succeed later in life. Studies have shown that quality early education can have significant positive long-term—even lifetime—effects, especially in relation to academic achievement, social behavior, and employability. In short, we care about the formation and development of our students and we do what we can to make sure the rest of their educational experiences are positive ones.
The Bosun: What made you choose to take CDE/HCD in UA&P over other schools?
Maita: Actually, the main reason I chose UA&P despite passing UP, DLSU, and ADMU was because of the scholarship offer. However, I am really happy that I made that decision because UA&P offers quality education. My professors, in particular, are such caring people and they genuinely want their students to succeed. I’ve heard stories about professors that don’t care about their students but I’m fortunate enough to have professors, being education majors themselves, that know how to teach and make going to class worth it.
The Bosun: Does PHAROS impart any lesson that has helped you in dealing with acads?
Maita: Time management. Having to balance org work, academics, and other responsibilities is definitely a challenge. Thankfully, Pharos has a system that keeps things organized and productive and that definitely encourages me to stay on the ball as well.
The Bosun: What about educating is so appealing?
Maita: Education has always been a passion of mine. A personal mantra that reminds me of why I’m here is: I want to instill in my students that excellence is the road on which to walk in order to arrive at the destination of success, and enthusiasm for each step is the key to making each moment worthwhile. I’ve always wanted to be the kind of teacher that makes her students want to come to class and I want my students to develop a love for learning and to rid them of the mentality that learning is for the sole purpose of passing a test. This is why I believe education is so great and so important, and I’m going to do my very best to become the teacher my future students deserve.
Featured Image by: Jasmin Montenegro
Interview Questions Prepared by: Kristina Garcia, Isabella Molo, Toni Calsado, and Joshua Espina