Two students from the College of Education (CE) were among the 2022 10 Outstanding Student Teachers in the region, administered and announced by the Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators (PAFTE) V on May 16, 2022.
Ten qualifiers for both Elementary and Secondary categories were revealed. For the elementary category, Mylene O. Sulatan, a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education student, made it to the top 10 along with Nathaniel O. Remendado, Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Social Studies, for the secondary category.
In an interview, Sulatan shared that if it wasn’t for the recommendation of her mentors, she would’ve skipped the competition.
“When I skimmed the guidelines, I had the initial interest. However, it was forwarded to us during the peak of my internship requirements that I had to prioritize it first and set aside my interest sa competition po. Nawala na po sya sa isip ko until both Teacher Nori and Teacher Miles messaged and told me they are recommending me to be the BEED representative for the competition,” she said.
Since Sulatan is a graduating student, impending requirements for submission was her priority.
“I know there are lots of BUCE pre-service teachers that are also equally well-deserving but then as cliché as it may sound, I cannot say no po to the college and university that guided me and made me the person I am today. If this competition is one way I can give back to BUCE, then I am more than willing and honored to represent it with all my might,” she added.
Meanwhile, Remendado also received support from his program advisers.
“I think it was my dedicated devotion to the teaching profession, and the support of my program adviser that helped me to join and muster courage to be the representative of BUCE for PAFTE V,” he said when asked about his inspiration to join the search.
The search has three phases. The first phase is the E-portfolio making followed by the Demonstration Teaching. Last phase is the Final Interview where candidates answered questions related to their personal and professional educational perspectives.
For their plans in the future, Sulatan intends to pursue teaching and post-graduate studies while preparing for the board examinations. Remendado, on the other hand, plans to be an in-service teacher while pursuing law. (written by: Arnold C. Noda, CPRO) (Zoom screenshots: by Mylene O. Sulatan ) (Photos from: Nathaniel O. Remendado)