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The Grade School Department bade "adieu" to Sr. Lucy Sabas, OSF and to Ms. Maricel Quiño last March as both took heed of another calling. Taking their place are Ms. Julita T. Espina and Mrs. Tetchie M. Esclito.

Ms. Julita T. Espina

Juliet was born on December 5, 1977 in Tagbilaran City. She continues to live with her parents Mr. Marciano Caralos Espina, a government employee, and Mrs. Yonida Taghap Espina, in J.A. Clarin Street of this city. She has three brothers and two sisters. Juliet accomplished her basic education at City Central Elementary School and at Bohol School of Arts and Trades (now CVSCAFT). She then pursued Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Southern Philippines, Cebu City but opted for Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Special Education which she finished at Holy Name University of Tagbilaran. Currently, she is enrolled at Cebu Normal University to earn Master Arts in Special Education units. Juliet is the class adviser of Kinder 1 - St. Michael (morning session) and Kinder 1 - St. John (afternoon session). She also teaches part-time at HNU's College of Education and is now handling SPED 5-E, Observational Child Study 1.

Juliet endeavored to join the HNU Family as a faculty member since she wants to serve her alma mater and express her profound gratitude through her service for having been an academic scholar when she was in college. Moreover, she believes in the credibility of the institution which is known for the quality education it provides. She feels blessed to have finally achieved her goal and now faces challenges, which her task inevitably brings, with a steadfast spirit. Juliet keeps in mind her motto, "Do your best, and God will do the rest."

Mrs. Tetchie M. Esclito

Chie, as she is fondly called, hails from the town of Loon. She was born on November 25, 1977, to Mr. Patricio Bonilla Matutes, and Mrs. Estrella Casalta Matutes. Chie has three brothers. She studied at Loon Central Elementary School and Sacred Heart Academy, Loon. As she aspired to become an educator, her feet led her to Holy Name University (then Divine Word College) where she finished Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and where she earned 18 units in masteral studies. Chie was able to teach in Holy Spirit School of Tagbilaran Ciyt for four years as well as in the public school for five years before finally deciding to join the HNU work force. She is currently handling Filipino 3 and Sibika at Kultura 3 and is the class adviser of Grade 3 - St. Anthony.

Mrs. Esclito finds HNU an ideal place where one can truly grow professionally. Moreover, the working environment makes her feel at home and she finds her colleagues warm and accommodating. She looks forward to more years of service in this institution until her retirement. Her motto, "Bloom where you are planted" keeps her up and about.

GS Teachers Attend Seminar

The faculty members of the Grade School Department, headed by the principal, Mr. Pedro R. Marcojos, Jr., attended a seminar-workshop on teaching strategies last May 31, 2007 at the HNU Instructional Media Center. As part of their in-service training, the said activity which was sponsored by SIBS Publishing House, Inc., did prove to be helpful and significant to the teachers.

The guest facilitator, Dr. Amelia Mapa, is one of the authors of Science for Active Learning series. She earned her MAT Chemistry and Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines, and was formerly an associate professor at the U.P. Integrated School. At first she discussed factors that influence teaching which she identified and narrowed down as personal characteristics, experiences and preparations in teaching, and context of teaching. She then dwelt on "the art of teaching" and key factors to be an effective teacher. Eventually, after a brief workshop, Dr. Mapa facilitated a discussion on student diversity as well as learning ability differences with particular emphasis on the theory of multiple intelligences. At the latter part of the day, the group focused on learning style models and some innovative teaching strategies.

As a whole, the day-long seminar-workshop was enlightening as well as enjoyable since all teacher participants actively took part in the various workshops which somehow showcased their talents, creativity and love for humor. Before the guest facilitator left, she quipped, "Never have I seen such animated, lively participants."

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