I Call her Mom – A Teacher to most, a #SHEro to me
Throughout life, people are always influenced in some ways by others. This influence is what causes individuals to change. It has been no different to me. I have met a wide variety of people in my life and have learned from each of them. The one person that sticks out in my mind as having had the most influence on me however, was my teacher in high school named Ma. Rowena L. Birol, more commonly known as Ma’am B or Ma’am Oweng.
The last class I took under her subject was in 2009, I was a fourth year high school student. If she’s your teacher, it feels like luck meets greatness, it is spectacular. Maybe, she doesn’t know that time that she has touched the heart of a student so greatly. That student’s heart was mine.
I cherish every class we had including all the lessons she taught. I’ve learned to love her within a very little time because of the way she handles us – with enthusiasm, with passion, with interest to all of us. She became my coach and trainer in various competitions, which gave us both the chance to build a deeper relationship. I will never forget how she would cheer us up, how she would cheer me up by saying, “Kaya mo yan! Ikaw pa!”
She supported me more than a teacher would and did love me like her own. To me, it was so special, something that never happens to every student. During my graduation, I thought her influence would stop there, but I was wrong. Although I started calling her mommy two years before I graduated in high school, I never expected that it would go on and that our relationship will keep on going strong.
I believe that it was the result of that affection that has developed in me towards her. She made me feel that I matter.
She has been there for me to listen and guide me all the way. In my downiest moments, she never left me hanging. She comforts and cares me like her own daughter. It is amazing how a teacher has come to love her student the way that she has loved me.
I have learned from her that every dream is worth achieving, every life is worth living and every moment must be spend wisely and with happiness in one’s heart. She taught me that people are very much shaped by what they think, so I must be positive to create the same impact to others.
Presently, she continues to inspire more students and educators alike. Yes, it is true that she is a teacher, but to me, she has served as my second mother, my bestfriend and cheerer. I will always be thankful to have her and she will always be my #SHEro!
#SHEro submission by Che An Dalida