Education is much more

I begin this blog knowing that the new year will begin within a few days.  I remember I always looked forward to a new year, which meant new beginnings and new changes.

I am part of a fellows program.  I am very thankful and happy to be a teacher in a secular environment.  It has made me more aware of what is happening in public schools.

I would like to give some keen advice to those who would like to enter the profession as an educator.

  1. Education is more than a state exam.  A teacher should teach students to become a life long learners.
  2. Education is much more than the intellect. A person is much more than the brain.  There is the heart and soul.
  3. The teaching profession is respectable job even though there is a lot of blame game going on.
  4. Education should seek the truth instead of relativism.




Learning at Work

The first week of school, I cleaned my classroom and brought my supplies to decorate the bulletins. This helped my classroom to appear as any other classroom, where learning would grow.

The first day of school, I was anxious and excited. As the weeks went by, I realize that I have a lot of learning to do.  It is one thing to sit in university and analyze theories, which is completely different being in the classroom with children.

I learn more at work than I do at university.  I am still learning about the school, neighborhood, students (including their families), administration, and curriculums.

I feel that university is good in that there is that field work, but it needs to teach teachers to teach effectively in various subjects in line with the NYS core skills.  This would help teachers relate this to their field work.  Also, there should be more classes on lesson planning, assessments and relationships (with administration, families, and community).


A Special Guest in NYC

I am please to announce a very special guest in NYC, ….Papa Francisco.  While he is in Manhattan, I am taking the train to my university course. I am really excited to hear his messages, and see his gestures to the public from the television.

Blast from the Past

I was in Yankee Stadium when Pope Benedict visited NYC.  I was extremely excited.  I wore a black dress because I have seen delegates and world leaders wear black when they visited the pope :).

At the time, I was going through a lot in terms of what I  career path I should take, and volunteering at prolife clinics.  Now that I look back, I am happy to have gone through that experience.  It all started when I wanted to be an ESL teacher (teaching English as a second language).  I was volunteering at a place where I taught civics to immigrants.  I came upon Roe vs. Wade, and I started to investigate. I decided to learn what abortion, which led me to see many images of the deceased unborn babies.  I couldn’t believe the lies and manipulation that women are facing in my country.

The director of the place did not want me to talk about, so I decided that it was best that I leave.  I wanted to help these women encountering these unfortunate circumstances. I volunteered at EMC, and meet wonderful people, who are dedicated in supporting these vulnerable women. The Sisters of Life’s ministry is making great changes in women’s hearts with the grace of God.

I remember these words that Pope Benedict said “And this, dear friends, is the particular challenge which the Successor of Saint Peter sets before you today. As “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation”, follow faithfully in the footsteps of those who have gone before you! Hasten the coming of God’s Kingdom in this land! Past generations have left you an impressive legacy. In our day too, the Catholic community in this nation has been outstanding in its prophetic witness in the defense of life, in the education of the young, in care for the poor, the sick and the stranger in your midst. On these solid foundations, the future of the Church in America must even now begin to rise!”

I will never forget the day I met Pope Benedict.  I felt that his peace radiated on to me.  He definitely had a close relationship with Jesus present in the Eucharist.  He is a holy man.  I hope and pray that one day I will also met Pope Francis live; until then watching him on TV is good enough for me.


Adios Dating sites

I am only speaking from my experience. I don’t believe dating sites are for me.  Today, I concluded my hypothesis through much pain and laughter.  There is a problem that I have met previously, and it’s that guys wants to immediately become your boyfriend without being friends first.

I believe that friendship is extremely vital when it comes to discerning. I should have followed my gut instinct, but no, I suppressed it.

There are a couple of things that I learned about this dating experience that was unlike previous ones that I had.

  1. No French kissing (could lead to temptation, I do believe it sounds romantic for a future spouse to hear “I’ve been waiting for this moment (French kiss).
  2. Chastity includes discerning as well as a relationship with God. I loved it when my date took me to mass.  He also prayed the rosary with me. This allows you to see that the man will take the lead when it comes to religion for your future family.
  3. Allow your date to visit your immediate family but not your extended family. When it comes to discernment, you don’t want to many voices many decisions as well as adding pressure.  When should your date meet everyone in your life is based on an individual basis.
  4. Have fun. Go to unknown places, and do new things.  Museums, concerts, tourist attractions, churches, restaurants, etc.
  5. Always do the first stage in a relationship which is friendship. If he has a problem, say adios.

I know that dating sites have these successful stories, along with the pictures to prove that they work. Congrats to anyone that met their futures spouses on these Catholic dating sites.  I do strongly recommend Catholic dating sites to secular dating sites (heard to many horror/creepy stories from secular dating sites).

At this moment, I have to much going for myself such as university, work, studies, and other activities.  My date and I finished our relationship with a mutual understanding that we are better as friends.  This is my second encounter with a guy on Catholic dating sites. I came to the conclusion that every time I meet a guy, he quickly wants to be my boyfriend without knowing him enough.

I believe that I’m going to live life, without looking at the things that are missing. I still want to grow in my faith, become the best special ed teacher in NYC, as well as enjoy la vida loca.

Who knows if I will try again…


Learning while dating

So far, it’s been a month that I’ve been dating. He’s a part of a ministry where they discuss about relationships, and theology of the body.

I have a lot to learn. My b-friend and i also created our own book club. We basically trade with each other books that we enjoy.

I feel that I’m learning about relationships. It’s like taking a good look at yourself in the mirror, and realizing your weakness, vulnerability, strengths, sins, gifts, etc. I never studied the theme on dating, love and marriage before.

I learned it through my own experience and that of others. I use to think that dating is for dating’s sake. I feel like my blindness is leaving, where I can see more clearly.

Please keep me in your prayers,  as I do for you.

Reviewing my bucket list

Good Morning everyone/Buenos Dias,

So I decided to review my bucket list.  I feel like I haven’t been reviewing nor practicing them on a daily basis.  There are additional things that I would like to add as well.  The ones I want to hone in for today, are the religious ones.

I mentioned “share my faith and ideas” and “Be well versed in my Catholic faith”.  I would like to add “doing my sacraments such as going to mass, confessing my sins” and “having a personal relationship with Jesus”.  I met this incredible guy, and I must confess I have never met anyone like him.  He was so open to questions that I had bottled up inside.

Every time, I talk to him over the phone or see him, I feel at peace.  He challenges me in a way that I should live my life to the fullest.   So I really want to live out my Faith, and to be more knowledgeable in it.

I feel that we live in a world that is career driven.  There’s nothing wrong with that at all.  However, I feel that work is good if it’s towards the good of God, and neighbor.  So if you have a bucket list, review it. If you don’t have one, create one.  Think of all the things that your heart is yearning for because life is way too short.

God bless.