Pre-service Teachers, Equipped for Service
by Meriam L. Torres, MA SpEd Student
Thirty-four animated pre-service teachers attended the two-day seminar, Soar to Serve: Equipping Professional Christian Educators, held on July 15 – 16, 2019 at the Hian Tsin & Sui Lan Building, College of Education, AUP.
Professional Christian resource speakers shared their expertise. Ardelma V. Sarmiento, principal of AUP Academy discussed the “Innovative Educator”, illustrating guidelines of being an effective educator in the 21st century class, which is also parallel to Jesus’ strategies in teaching. Dr. Rico Javien, College of Theology professor shared important principles of ethics that will help the new breed of educators to be successful and accomplished workers in the denomination and in the government sectors. Prof. Nerissa S. Batulayan, Program Chair of the COE elementary education department revisited pertinent issues in education while some faculty members joined The Mentor Talk which was a delight to the pre-interns since they discovered multiple helpful ways to cope with mentors and how mentors professionally deal with their mentees. The MAED students also shared insights and important principles about Successful Internship Guide discussing the working policies in a workplace, employee guidelines, and training opportunities to help them start their internship service as educators.
The seminar was made possible through the initiative of Meriam L. Torres, Judy Dela Rosa, and Souph Phy, students of the course Educational Fieldwork under the tutelage of Dr. Jeremiah Fameronag, who is also the chair of the secondary education department.