Topnotcher’s Speech of Vincent Isidro
Top 1, Elementary for March 2015 Licensure Examination for Teachers
Greetings to the Board of Professional Teachers headed by Chairperson Rosita Navarro. Greetings to the family and friends of the successful LET passers present here today.
I want to use this opportunity to thank my parents for their sacrifice in rearing me, my colleagues for helping me review, my students for inspiring me, and the Lord for allowing me and everyone of us to pass. A heartfelt gratitude to all of you.
When I was informed that as one of the topnotchers I should prepare a response to all the successful examinees, I immediately thought of a theme to discuss. I asked myself what issue in the profession of teaching matters most to me. I was not able to zero in on a conclusive answer. I tried to read some of the previous topnotcher’s speeches.
It bored the hell out of me. I started writing drafts, revising it, then revising it again, but I cannot find one that satisfies me. My colleagues kept on asking me, how was my speech doing and all I can do is give a faint smile. Until one time, it hit me.
I do not need to write an inspiring speech that would move people’s heart. I do not need to spend five minutes trying to rouse your soul into a collective action. I do not need to give another dose of messianic dicta frequently heard during freshmen orientations or LET review sessions.
You are teachers.
Some of you might be children of teachers. Some of you might be that student who likes to pretend as the teacher when the real one is not in the classroom. Some of you might be just like me who after some random events in their life ended up in this profession.
My guess is that what we all have in common is that at one point in our lives we decided to quit on our pursuit of becoming rich and decided that we want to do this, that we wanted to become teachers.
You do not need to be informed about the sacrifices that comes with becoming a teacher. You do not need to be told that you entered the noblest profession. You do not need to be inspired into touching souls and changing lives. I am sure you all know that and I am sure that you have a very clear and detailed idea of what is ahead of you.
You are teachers and you know what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and the way it ought to be done.
You do not need the guy who scored the highest in the LET to inspire you in doing that.
Go ahead and do it.