Watch this beautiful video from Soul Pancake and I’m sure you can relate. After all, everyone of us has been–at some point in our lives–greatly influenced by a teacher.
I have two teachers in mind: Ms. Estelita Felizardo and Mrs. Mary Ann Agudon. Ms Felizardo was my class adviser in third grade and Mrs. Mary Ann Agudon was my class adviser in fourth grade.
What do these two women have in common? They both believed in me.
I had a lot of emotional issues when I was growing up. As my dad once put it, I became independent way earlier than I should have. This is because of a number of factors: 1) my parents were abroad much of the year 2) there’s a huge age gap between my brothers and me 3) I grew up in the company of household help.
Because I didn’t have much adult supervision when I was growing up, I had to fend for myself. This meant a lot of trial and errors. Sometimes it felt like I was a headless chicken.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I don’t take it against my parents that that was the childhood I have. On the contrary, I am who I am because of what I went through.
Anyhoo, I was just an average student until I met these two teachers. I don’t know what it is about me but they believed in my potential. When I became their students, I began to bloom. I held leadership roles in class, I excelled academically, and I became more sociable.
Years later, I still remember how much influence they have in my life. When I finished my undergrad thesis, I included their name in the dedication page.
I have had other wonderful teachers like Teacher Irma and Ma’am Paz but Ms. Felizardo and Mrs. Agudon would always have a special place in my heart.
The only regret I have is that I can’t find them online. I take pride in my being an Internet scavenger but all my searches have led me to nothing. I would have loved to connect with them again.
So, if you have any news about them, I would appreciate it if you let me know. 🙂