Making a difference, 50 students at a time

For four years, while studying at the Ateneo de Manila University, Sabrina Ongkiko dreamed of becoming a doctor.

But an invitation to try her hand at teaching before she graduated eventually led to her becoming a member of the faculty of Culiat Elementary School in Quezon City.

Ongkeko was about to submit her medical school application when Maria Assunta Cuyegkeng, then vice president for Ateneo’s Loyola Schools, invited several students to teach. Cuyegkeng described the kind of teachers society needed.

The spiel had Ongkeko rethinking her plans. She wanted to be a doctor but teaching appealed to her.

Now she thinks she has found her calling. Ongkeko said a person’s choices really involved what he/she valued most.

“And I realized that what I really valued was education. I knew I was saying no to the possibility of a comfortable life,” she said.

But she felt she would be deluding…. click here for the full article.