Viral Aeta teacher who passed LET after 25 tries, now has master's degree and PhD

MANILA, Philippines – Teacher Gennie Victoria Panguelo is a true inspiration, as she proves how determination and hard work helped her achieve her goals. After she persevered to pass the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) in 2016 after 25 tries, she worked her way into earning a master’s degree and now a doctorate degree.

Teacher Gennie Victoria Panguelo now has a master’s and doctorate degree
Teacher Gennie Victoria Panguelo now has a master’s and doctorate degree | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Gennie Victoria Panguelo

The Department of Education Philippines posted on Facebook about Gennie's new success to encourage other teachers. It can be recalled that Teacher Gennie’s story became viral after she showed how it took her 25 tries to become a licensed teacher. Many people were moved by her inspiring story of perseverance and determination.

READ: Aeta teacher who passed LET after 25 tries inspires others to not give up

Teacher Gennie recalled the moment she passed the LET in 2016: “Tumalon ako no’n, sumigaw, at umiyak nang marinig ko sa bawat tumatawag na ‘you deserve that license.’ Sa loob ng napakahabang panahon at sa wakas ay nakuha ko ang aking pinakamimithing lisensya. Lahat ng ito ay dahil sa tulong at gabay ng ating Panginoong Diyos, sa mga taong naging inspirasyon ko, aking mga anak, at pamilya.”

Since then, the Aeta teacher has continued to work hard, taking one step at a time to accomplish her goals. Her main mission was always to help bring education to her Aeta community, hoping to open more opportunities for them. After finishing college in 1988, she accepted a teaching job in the remote mountain town of Capas, Tarlac. When she finally obtained her elusive teaching license, she continued to study in order to complete her mission.

Teacher Gennie received her Master's Degree in Filipino from the University of St. Lasalle Bacolod in 2013. She continued and finally earned her Ph.D. in Teaching and Management in 2021.

DepEd Philippines reminded teachers that success isn’t a destination but a journey. They stated, “Ang tagumpay ay hindi tumitigil sa isang destinasyon, bagkus ito ay patuloy na paglalakbay.”

Meanwhile, Teacher Gennie also motivated other teachers to dream big and aspire for more in their careers. She also encouraged those aspiring teachers who failed the LET to not give up, trust the Lord, and work hard.

She said, “Sa mga kagaya ko na minsan nangarap na makamit ang lisensya sa pamamagitan ng pagsusulit na LET, magtiwala tayo sa Diyos dahil Siya lang ang nakakaalam ng lahat. Kung kayo ay magre-review, bigyan niyo ng panahon, maging sinsero, at magkaroon ng tiwala sa sariling kakayahan. Kung nabigo man sa unang pagkakataon, sumubok muli. Subok nang subok hanggang sa magtagumpay. Higit sa lahat isuko at magtiwala sa Poong Maykapal.”

— Sally, The Summit Express

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