The Public School System welcomed its primary and secondary teachers, and school staff at the Marianas High School cafeteria on Tuesday with a challenge from one student to go beyond academics and teaching, and into building relationships with their students.
Speaking at the welcoming ceremony for teachers, Charles Baybay, an incoming sixth grade student at Chacha Oceanview Middle School, quoted a teacher who reportedly said, “My students do not need me to learn, they need me to care.”
Baybay understands that to mean that teachers must have the ability to be patient, especially with the different learning paces of their students.
Baybay describes himself as shy and introverted, and he thanked his teachers for helping him get over that fear to become better. He thanked his third-grade teacher, Loling Camacho, whom he credits with helping him build self-confidence and see the positive side of everything.
Baybay emphasized the importance of students seeing a teacher care about their successes and passions.
Baybay aspires to become an architect and is currently taking online algebra courses at Khan Academy.
In his remarks, Education Commissioner Glenn Muña thanked all the teachers for their hard work and efforts despite the ongoing issues. He also emphasized the importance of working together, building relationships, and supporting one another.
CNMI State Board of Education chair Janice Tenorio also said that the BOE and PSS will always support teachers.