Determination paired with hardwork are the key ingredients to success. As the saying goes, when you fall 4 times, you have to stand up 5 times. This is truly applicable to this story of an inspirational teacher who defied the odds of failing after trying again and again and again.
An Aeta teacher named Gennie Panguelo who is currently working at Tarukan Elementary School in Tarlac recently went viral for finally passing the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) after 24 failures! She is now working on her PhD after completing her Master’s Degree; isn’t that impressive?
According to Rachfeed, when she graduated from her degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education, she immediately found a job in a public school as teacher to fellow Aetas. Back in the 1980s, the Department of Education (DepEd) was not strict in accepting teachers even if they have not passed the LET. Thus, Teacher Gennie easily landed on her dream job.
By the 1990s, Teacher Gennie began taking the LET but she repeatedly failed to pass. Year after year she tried her best to take the exams, yet she always failed.
When the Civil Service Commission (CSC) began issuing warnings against those who are teaching without a license, Teacher Gennie experienced discrimination as the other teachers would sometimes laugh at her for repeatedly failing the LET.
“Sinasabi nila matanda ka na, ‘di ka pa pumapasa,” the Aeta teacher recalled. At the time, she had already failed 15 times.
But, this did not stop her from pursuing the profession that she loves. After finding out about her plight, she was granted scholarship by Carl Balita Review Center (CBRC) – and on her 25th try, Teacher Gennie finally passed the board exams in the March 2016 LET! Wow.
Now a licensed teacher, Teacher Gennie went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Education and is on her way to finish her PhD in Teaching and Management.
For not giving up despite the many failures she experienced, Teacher Gennie would receive Carl Balita’s Gawad Agila 2018 Award where she received a cash prize of Php100,000! The review center also made a film based on her story, sharing how she also sacrifices her time as she walks four hours everyday just to teach indigenous students at a school in Mt. Pinatubo.
Teacher Gennie sure is an inspiration and a perfect example of a person who is willing to pursue their dreams and objectives in life no matter how many failures they may encounter along the way.
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