Netizens praise hardworking teacher seen checking papers even inside LRT

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens couldn’t help but show their appreciation for a teacher who was seen checking test papers even while riding Light Rail Transit (LRT).
Netizens praise hardworking teacher seen checking papers even inside LRT

They say that teaching is really more than a profession but about passion. These dedicated teachers have committed themselves to a job that doesn’t stop when they leave their classrooms. Oftentimes, we hear students complaining about their teachers or the amount of school works they have. But in truth, our educators also have their fair share of sacrifices and hard work that our society needs to appreciate more.

On Twitter, Reuben Ace J. Abayabay (@lostsymbol) shared a photo showing a teacher tirelessly checking test papers. But what’s even more impressive is that the teacher was checking papers at 9:00 in the evening while riding the train.

Netizens praise hardworking teacher seen checking papers even inside LRT
Sir Joseph Almario was seen checking student’s papers while inside LRT | Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Reuben Ace J. Abayabay

Abayabay wrote, “I saw this yesterday, almost 9pm in the LRT. A teacher checking his student’s test papers. Guys alam ko may mga galit tayo minsan sa prof at teacher pero can we please appreciate them more kasi hindi lang natatapos sa classroom yung trabaho nila. This made me tear up talaga.”

During a quick interview with Abayabay, he shared that when he took the photo he couldn’t help but feel the weight of the task that the dedicated teacher was going through. He said, “But ang akin lang kaya ko pinicturan is ramdam mo kasi ung bawat hinga nya, bawat paglipat ng papel, pagod na pagod.”

The viral teacher is also a selfless volunteer

The Summit Express was able to confirm the identity of the viral teacher to be Sir Joseph Almario of Lakan Dula National High School in Tondo, Manila.

A teacher for 8 years in the public school, Sir Joseph admitted that he isn’t used to receiving praises. When netizens flooded his photo with compliments, the humble teacher brushed it off and said that it’s all part of his job. Sir Joseph said, “Honestly, hindi po ako sanay na pinupuri. Kasi po naniniwala ako na parte ng trabaho ko po ang lahat ng ito sa aking mga mag-aaral at sa ating bansa.”

The Araling Panlipunan teacher shared that he could have asked his students to check their own papers but decided that he’d rather let them study for their lessons instead. Sir Joseph also added that he still had a pile of paperworks to be finished when he reached home. He said, “Actually, nag overtime pa po ako ng almost an hour sa school bago ako umuwi. Dala ko po yung bag ko at isang another bag na puno ng activity sheets and test papers para iuwi sa bahay para macheck.”

This isn’t also the first time that the dutiful teacher became “resourceful” just so he can check his students’ papers. Sir Joseph said, “In 8 years ko na po sa public school ay nakasanayan ko na po ang magcheck ng papers ng mga bata sa jeepney, bus at LRT.”

Being a public school teacher is already a challenge in itself but Sir Joseph believes that he needs to give more. He is also an Alternative Learning System (ALS) for the inmates of Manila City Jail. Sir Joseph shares, “Masarap po sa pakiramdam na tumutulong ako o tayo sa kapwa na walang hinihintay na kapalit.”

The teacher who admitted that he can be “strikto at disiplinarian sa klase” said that he has nothing but high hopes for the future of his students. Sir Joseph said, “Naniniwala po ako kung ang isang guro na gaya ko sa panahong ito ay magpapabaya ay malaki po ang magihing problema ng ating bansa. Para po makawala ng tuluyan sa tanikala ng kahirapan ang mga Filipino ay ang edukasyon lamang po ang paraan. Wala pong tao na maghihirap sa buhay kung tayo pong lahat ay may kakayahan at abilidad dahil sa pinag-aralan po natin.”

The post has gone viral with over 29,000 likes after netizens shared their appreciation for a profession so often overlooked. Sacrificing important events, weekends and even holidays for the sake of being the heroes who will help shape their students’ character and future.

Kudos to Sir Joseph and to all the hardworking teachers!

— Sally, The Summit Express

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