|Ma'am Imelda: A lifelong reader is a lifelong learner|
If you did not pursue a career in education, what would you be today?
My top three jobs are to be a writer, lawyer and a sexy dancer. But it’s too late in the day to be a dancer, so I’d opt to be a writer aside from my day job. (I’m a published textbook writer of SIBS Publishing House). If I weren’t a teacher, I would have been an office worker in the jungles of Makati.
Describe your journey from teacher to supervisor. What has been the most challenging experience so far?
Every part of the journey has its reason and meaning. I value my being a teacher for the better part, then segueing into being a principal and then supervisor. The biggest challenge, so far, was when a teacher and I in my second assignment as principal had a difference of opinion. We never settled anything, although I tried talking to her. In life, we get to meet difficult people. No matter, what we do, if they are set in their ways, there is nothing we can do to make them think otherwise.
What made you stay in the public school system?
I love giving talks/trainings. That’s where I could make a big difference in the lives of our teachers in Makati.
Why is K-12 going to work?
K-12 is going to work because people are working on it together. Personally, I feel that it was hastily started, but those are the givens. Proactive people work on the givens. Change is inevitable. If we don’t do it now, when will we do it? If not us, who will?
Part 2 of this interview are tips for school leaders from Madame Imelda Caravaca Ferrer. Visit the blog for her tips
to educational administrators like her.