I am an agile and inclusive educator committed to the academic success of my students by designing and teaching classes and courses that are ethical, reflexive, co-creative, plural, and based on design-thinking principles and mindsets.
I was born and raised in the Philippines as the eldest child of three siblings. Because of poverty, neither of my parents finished high school and in the process trapped themselves into the vicious cycle of ignorance and poverty that has permeated the Philippine society then and now. During the formative years of my life, we lived in hardship where putting food on the table was a daily struggle in itself.
Ironically, the very same life of constant struggle I grew up with taught me at an early age one of my most important life lessons: the liberating power of education. This realization would eventually set me on a life-long journey of learning as well as developing a passion to become an educator and champion the cause of education.
For my family and myself, finishing my undergraduate degree (BSIE) was a significant achievement as I was the very first person in my family and lineage to breakthrough into the educated elite. However, my passion for continuous learning made me decide to pursue higher education. Eventually, I went on to earn several graduate degrees and certificates (MBA, MSIE, etc.) and I am currently pursuing my PhD degree as well.
I bring with me more than 25 years of business-academic experience, graduate-level teaching experience, and a life-long passion to learn, contribute, and educate.
Renowned American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
While I don’t necessarily agree with the first part of his quote, the second part resonated and still resonates very strongly with me. It helped shaped me into who I was, who I am now, and who I will become in the future.
I am hoping that through teaching I will be able to make some small difference not only to my profession but more importantly, to future generations of students and learners.
Only then I will be able to say that I have indeed lived and lived well.