Editor's Note: This story is part of a series of articles that Saipan Tribune will be publishing in support of the celebration of Education Month by the Public School System.
A 30-year-old teacher was adjudged as this year's best at San Antonio Elementary School and will represent her colleagues in the Public School System's search for CNMI Teacher of the Year next month.
Bernice N. Fejeran is a third-grade classroom teacher for five years now. She started her teaching career as soon as she obtained her education degree at the Northern Marianas College in 2007.
Fejeran shared how she dreamed of becoming an educator someday. “I remember playing school with my neighborhood friends when I was a little kid. Teaching is really a passion for me,” she said.
According to SAES principal James Sablan, Fejeran was among the Top 3 nominees for this year's teacher of the year plum. She was chosen by her peers for the award in June.
This is the second time that Fejeran was nominated for the TOY honor but her first time to actually bag the title for SAES.
“I was overwhelmed. I was stunned but I am very glad to represent them as Teacher of the Year. I am truly grateful,” she said yesterday. “With every drop of knowledge that you put into a child's mind and you hear them talk about what they learned.that's the greatest satisfaction I am getting everyday. It's a great feeling when you know you are part of their lives.”
According to principal Sablan, Fejeran is just one of the 14 hardworking teachers at San Antonio, which is home to 303 students this year. He described her as an “honest, helpful, and a responsible leader.”
Fejeran herself said that each teacher at SAES deserves to be recognized as teachers of the year as well. In this challenging year for PSS, Fejeran said that teachers like her continue to be very resourceful and creative to ensure instruction will be delivered as expected every day.
Fejeran said it is her hope for SAES to become the top-performing school on island.