Some of us start from the bottom, going up. We always start from somewhere, unknowingly what the future has for us. It is the same for Ponciano A. Menguito, who had been in the service of education for 46 years and had been a Regional Director of DepEd NCR for two years.
When Dr. Menguito was a student, he was like everybody, full of ambition and hope that he would immediately join the world of professionals. Wherein, The National Teachers College became his stepping stone. Being a student in NTC gave him a head start to be a teacher.
According to Dr. Menguito, “Every dream of every fresh graduate is to immediately join the world of work. And I would say that being a graduate of NTC, a well-known training institution, greatly boosted my chance to be hired as a teacher after my graduation in April of 1971.
A year later, because of my college training, in 1972, I passed the Department of Education’s Teacher Examination that gave me the eligibility to teach and have a permanent appointment in a public school.”
With the training he received from NTC, Dr. Menguito achieved his dream. Although, he felt that a promdi like him would not survive the challenges he faced during his time in NTC. He even recalled that he stayed in a cramped boarding house with a budget that should last until his parents’ next remittance.
Despite the hardship of Dr. Menguito, he gained valuable lessons that he carries until he had served in the Department of Education NCR. NTC helped him to be always prepared and learned to have effective classroom management. These, he shared with his subordinates that also helped them to be better.
“I have observed and learned from my NTC professors that you should always prepare. While during my in-campus practice teaching, also at the NTC High School Department, I was fortunate to observe a good math teacher. From him, I learned classroom management both in theory and practice. I recall I imitated him, especially his technique in holding the attention and managing the class,” Dr. Menguito recalled.
Dr. Menguito’s experiences in NTC shaped him to be an example to students who aspire to be at the top. His perseverance and his ambitions led him to be where he had been, and he wished that students would continue the legacy of NTC and spread the light of knowledge to give meaning to NTC’s tagline “ang karunungan ay tanglaw.”
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