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  • This #HeroTeacher Goes From House To House In The Mountains To Reach Her Students

    She encourages parents and students to enroll in school amid the pandemic.
    by Kitty Elicay .
This #HeroTeacher Goes From House To House In The Mountains To Reach Her Students
PHOTO BY courtesy of Michelle Ursabia
  • SmartParenting.com.ph, together with Summit Original Videos, presents E-skwela 2020, a video series that showcases how families, students, teachers, and schools adapt to crisis schooling. Each episode will premiere on the website every Tuesday and on Facebook on Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Follow our Facebook page here

    Even before the pandemic happened, we’ve already heard of remarkable teachers — the unsung heroes of this generation — who go beyond their duties to ensure students continue learning despite the different struggles they face. Now that we’re in the new normal, our educators face even harder challenges.

    Some of those challenges include going to remote areas without any mobile network signal and trying to convince parents to still send their children to school. Luckily, you have dedicated teachers like Michelle Ursabia, who willingly travel more than 37 kilometers and trek mountains, just to reach her students.

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    Teacher Michelle Ursabia (far right in right photo) travels 37 kilometers to reach her students.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Michelle Ursabia

    Michelle heads Viva Antipolo Elementary School in San Francisco, Quezon. Recently, she went viral on social media after she shared the difficult journey that she and her co-teachers make daily to reach their students. She started going from house to house, even hiking up mountains, in a bid to educate parents about distance learning, and how children can still continue with their classes even without being physically present in school.

    “Sobrang hirap sa amin na puntahan sila, [pero] ayaw po kasi naming may maiwan sa kanila,” the teacher shares in an interview with Summit Videos. “Kaya po kahit July na [noon], paspasan pa rin po kami na magpunta sa mga bahay-bahay para ma-enroll po namin sila.”

    She adds, “Kasi parang nagui-guilty po kami kapag hindi namin sila napuntahan kasi baka sabihin nila, ‘Bakit kami, hindi kami pinuntahan ni ma’am, siguro hindi na nila kami mahal.”

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    Michelle admits that she treats her students like her own children. Many of them come from broken families, which is why she acts like their mother, sister, and family member. Despite the hardship that she faces as a teacher — overworked with little pay — she still does her best to give them quality education.

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    By sharing her story, Michelle hopes to encourage students to continue learning despite the difficulties and to make them appreciate their teachers even more.

    “Gusto ko pong marealize ng mga estudyante na ‘yung pagmamahal naming sa kanila, hindi mapapantayan. Hindi kami magtatagal sa propesyong ito kung dahil lang sa pera,” Michelle says. “’Yung hirap at pagod, ‘yung oras na inilaan naming sa kanila hindi nababayaran.”

    Watch Teacher Michelle’s heartwarming video below and find out how you can help the #HeroTeacher campaign and support her initiative. You can nominate your #HeroTeacher too!

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    How to help a #HeroTeacher

    Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) teams up with Smart Parenting to shine a spotlight on teachers who go the extra mile. For every teacher featured in Smart Parenting #eskwela2020 video series, GBF pledges P15,000 donation in kind.

    You can also nominate a #HeroTeacher! Just go to this link and fill out the form:


    A small amount can mean printer ink, a ream of bond paper, learning modules, and school supplies for our teachers and their young learners. Any donated amount will be pooled together by GBF and divided among our hero teachers.

    You may send your donations through the following channels:

    Direct bank deposits and transfers

    Bank: Robinsons Bank – Galleria Branch
    Account name: Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Inc.
    Account number: 100230002819

    Wire transfers via swift

    Account name: Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Inc.
    Account number: 100230002819
    Address: Litton Mills Compound, Amang Rodriguez Avenue, Rosario, Pasig City 1609
    Swift code: ROBPPHMQXXX
    Beneficiary bank: Robinsons Bank Corporation
    Bank address: Main Office Branch, G/F Galleria Corporate Center, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Quezon City
    Correspondent bank for USD: Citibank NY (CITIUS33) or Deutsche Bank NY (BKTRUS33)
    Correspondent bank for EUR: Deutsche Bank Frankfurt (DEUTDEFFXXX)

    Meet our #HeroTeachers! Read their stories here.


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