Background Story:
I started with Nest as a practicumer/student teacher in 2006. And during my days as an undergraduate student, I had my own share of doubts whether I should pursue teaching or not.

Vertical Class 2006-2007
L-R Mattie, Lexley, Yanna, Linus, Marielle and T. Paula
T. Ruthie, Veda, Hannah, Sam, Misha, T. Kay

My professor during practicum (FLCD 174), Dr. Carolyn Ronquillo (former department chairperson of UP Family Life and Child Development and one of my all-time favorite professors in UPwas fond of sharing stories and information through yahoo! groups.

So I thought, as a first post for Teacher Talks, I would like to share one of the many stories I got from T. Carol that inspired me stay in the teaching profession.


The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”

He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers:

“Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”

To stress his point he said to another guest; “You’re a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?”

Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,

“You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began…)

“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can’t make them sit for 5 without an iPod, Game Cube or movie rental…

“You want to know what I make?” (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table.)

I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them criticize.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them to write and then I make them write.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in math.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

I make my students stand to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, because we live in the United States of America .

I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.

(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)

“Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant… You want to know what I make?

I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What do you make?”


“Teachers make every other profession “.


Truly inspirational, don’t you think? What keeps you inspired to teach or work everyday? Share your stories with us through the comment box below or email them to me at


Teacher Paula


7 responses »

  1. marife palima says:

    Mabuhay ang mga guro!!! Let’s teach to change lives…..

    • Maraming salamat Mommy Marife! Truly, to teach is to change a life forever.
      But great learning doesn’t come from teachers alone, we’re blessed to have parents like you at Nest who are genuine partners in loving and teaching the kids!

  2. teacher iam says:

    exactly why I love being one! 🙂 I miss the nest teachers!

  3. MB says:

    I admire teachers! I have many fond memories of my teachers since kindergarten…I still remember their names and faces. It is only when I have reached mid adulthood that I realized how my teachers have helped me shape my life and in what I am today… I love teachers!!! I know how being a teacher is such a difficult profession…maybe next to being a mother!

    Thanks to the NEST teachers… you are a really good bunch! APpreciate all the hard work and for making learning fun for my kids!

    • Thank you also for entrusting Sophie and Bella to us. They are such fun and creative kids and we love having them around. Thanks for being a great parent-partner also! 🙂

  4. […] has been very blessed to have some of those student teachers stay and work with us. The student teachers who eventually became Nest teachers are Yvette Cruz, Brian Malabuyoc, Kleng […]

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