LAWMAKERS have lauded the achievement of a Filipina geometry teacher who received the “Big Apple Award” in New York City on June 12 for her ability to simplify mathematical concepts for students.
Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela Partylist said Marietta Geraldino is an inspiring example who proves that Filipino teachers, when provided the right environment and support, can bloom and maximize their abilities and realize their potentials.
“We are very proud of her. My only wish is that she can come home and share her teaching innovation with her kababayans [countrymen],” Ilagan said.
Ilagan, a former teacher, said the country needs Geraldino’s expertise to help address the nation’s struggling educational system.
Rep. Winston Castelo of the 2nd District of Quezon City praised Geraldino and said it only goes to show that Filipino teachers are capable of reducing complicated concepts into simple and easy to understand terms.
“This is the essence of teaching. A big part deals with communicating to students,” Castelo said.
The New York City Department of Education commended Geraldino, a geometry teacher in the 10th and 11th grade at New York City’s Frederick Douglass Academy II, for making mathematics easier to learn in a U.S. public school by deconstructing the most complex mathematical concepts and making them palpable to even the most resistant students.
Aside from Geraldino, ten other teachers were also given the “Big Apple Awards.” They were honored by Bloomberg at a ceremony at Gracie Mansion where they were given $ 3,500 each and a Big Apple trophy.
Geraldino, who has resided for 24 years now in New York City, spent her nine years as a teacher. She was chosen from more than 2,000 nominations by students, teachers, schools and families.
Geraldino was praised for having constantly searched for ways to grow as an educator and sought out professional development opportunities to improve her practice.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Geraldino earned her education degree from St. Paul’s University where she majored in Math and minored in English.
She taught high school and college at St. Paul University Surigao from 1987 to 2003. She also served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs for St. Paul Quezon City’s Bocaue campus. PNA