“Teacher Na Rin Po Ako Ma’am”: Woman Honors a Retired Teacher from Alma Mater

It is often said that teaching is a noble profession. You don’t really get paid a whole lot of money to teach young minds, yet you do a lot help them become successful in the future.

But a lot of teachers often wonder whether their students realize that they are instrumental to helping these young people succeed and have a better future. Many of them also wonder whether their students would still remember them – and the more important thing is how the students would remember them!

Now a teacher herself, one netizen honored a retired teacher from her alma mater. Her post would go viral, with many netizens commenting that they know the teacher and had been one of her students.

Photo credit: Jasmine Honorario Engay / Facebook

Jasmine Honorario Engay posted that she went to the mall to pay some bills and just hang out when she noticed an old woman who looked rather familiar. She soon realized the old lady in a simple outfit of t-shirt and shorts sitting beside her had actually been a teacher at her alma mater, Lopez Elementary School.

While she had not been this teacher’s student, she felt certain this old lady had really been a teacher at that school.

Photo credit: Jasmine Honorario Engay / Facebook

Now a Senior High School Teacher at Nazareth School of National University – NSNU, Teacher Jasmine felt happy to honor this teacher and also share that she is now a teacher as well.

The young teacher shared the experience on her Facebook account:

Tamang tama na nabanggit sa klase namin kanina na yung mga teachers, especially seasoned teachers they are always looking forward to see students na makikilala sila sa mall o sa kahit saang public place. Then I greeted her with a smile saying Hi, Ma’am, Kamusta po?

Kitang kita ko kung paano siya mag smile, very real; “Hello”. Alam kong gusto niyang hindi ko mahalata na hindi niya ako kilala kaya nagtanong siya “Ano nga ang name mo”? After saying my name, alam kong kunwari nakilala niya ako, Sabi niya dalawa lang daw ang tumatawag sa kanya ng Ma’am, either dating katrabaho o kaya naman dati niyang estudyante.

Kinamusta ko si Ma’am sabi niya retired na daw siya. Tinanong niya ako kung ano na daw ang trabaho ko, ngumiti ako at sinabi kong “TEACHER NA RIN PO AKO MA’AM”. Nakita ko ulit yung masayang ngiti ni Ma’am. Sinabi ko kung saan ako nagtuturo at medyo nagulat ako sa sagot niya “Sa NU? Doon ako graduate”. Nagulat ako ng bahagya kasi naisip ko ang liit ng mundo, nasa Los Baños ako ngayon at umuuwi lang para sa klase ko tuwing Sabado. May gusto bang ipahiwatig ang mundo?

Pagkatapos naming magkamustahan natigilan ako, medyo sumusulyap pa ako noon kay Ma’am. Nakita ko yung sarili ko.

Photo credit: PhilStar [Stock photo]

Kapag kaya dumating yung panahong mag retire na ako, kakamustahin kaya ako ng mga dating estudyante ko?

Makikilala pa kaya nila ako?

Ngingitian kaya nila ako sa mall, sa palengke o kung saan man?

Sana.

Sana, maalala natin yung mga gurong nagsakripisyo ng oras at gumugol ng panahon para matuto tayo, Sana maalala natin yung mga gurong hindi sumuko sa atin. Sana makuha natin silang ngitian kung makasalubong natin sila sa daan, sana alalahanin natin yung mga minsa’y naging pangalawang magulang natin.

Sana, dumating yung panahon na may makapag sabi rin sa akin ” TEACHER NA RIN PO AKO MA’AM”.

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