A letter to inspire you from Nurse, Teacher, LET high-rater Erin Abraham Crisostomo

Licensed teacher, finally

Licensed nurse and, finally teacher! At the PRC oath-taking ceremony

Dear future colleague,

Let me share to you my LET story.

Taking the March 2015 Licensure Examination for Teachers was an arduous task for me. My family and friends would say that I can do it since I already passed my initial bachelor’s licensure exam (nursing). But for some reason, I am not fully confident that I can make it.

During that time, I was employed as a full-time teacher—preoccupied with a lot of responsibilities, juggling various workloads ranging from teaching 12 different subjects a week, assisting in administrative works, advising the student council, being a disciplinarian adviser, to treating common illnesses as the school nurse. Because of my workload I have decided that I cannot prepare for the LET entirely on my own. I needed a solid backup, and that is MindGym.

I enrolled in MindGym’s online LET review My Review Coach at first, some time in December after I have registered for the said board exam. The online environment was new but totally cool for me, since I have been in a traditional “classroom” set-up for almost my entire life. However, because of my very hectic workload, I was not able to focus that much.

Fast forward, it was February already.

Still, I was stuck on GenEd modules and drills. I panicked. Really panicked. I sought after coach Alice for advice, and she said that it would be better if I do the drills first then go back to the concepts where I fell short at. I did her advice and made my plan B. I assessed myself again, and I have decided to just focus on Math and Social Studies and proceed to the Prof Ed and my specialization drills.

Then tada.. it’s already March!!

I only have a few weeks left to prepare. Every moment really counts now! To aid in my cramming, I enrolled in their live specialization review. I took everything seriously, and watched Youtube videos in line with our lessons to fully understand every concepts presented. Fortunately, MindGym had also opened their FasTrack program, wherein I enrolled in its ProfEd review. For 3 days, I took a leave just to make sure that I can have a mastery of the ProfEd concepts and focus on my LET preparation.

FasTrack moments with my new friend Josa (who also turned out to be one of the topnotchers in our batch :) )

FasTrack moments with my new friend Josa (who also turned out to be one of the topnotchers in our batch 🙂 )

To top it all, I attended their 3-day power coaching LET refresher too to gauge if I am already ready for the battle.

Mock Exam photo (I'm at the right center pic and at the rightmost bottom)

Mock Exam photo (I’m at the right center pic and at the rightmost bottom)

At the Power Coaching LET refresher with my co-online-LET reviewmates

At the Power Coaching LET refresher with my co-online-LET reviewmates

It didn’t happened the way I have originally planned it, but the good thing is that I am now more prepared than before!

If there is one thing that I have truly learned from MindGym, that is to never cease to dream high and to believe that you are capable of reaching it. Coach Alice and Albert really believed in me, and I am very thankful for that because it served as my extra push to go forward.

Last day of FasTrack ProfEd review, with coaches Alice and Albert

Last day of FasTrack ProfEd review, with coaches Alice and Albert

The FasTrackers -- Notice the clock on the wall? We've been reviewing up to 11 PM!

The FasTrackers — Notice the clock on the wall? We’ve been reviewing up to 11 PM!

Coupled with my overwhelming support from my family and friends (including my new-found MindGym pals), I have finished the race with my head held high:

I passed the LET with a rating of 88.40, just a 0.20 score away from being in the 10th spot.

At first, I honestly felt disappointed and all that. But as I looked on my entire LET journey, I realized that I should be really grateful for this, just like how thankful and happy I would be if I have became one of the topnotchers.

I am still as blessed as what a topnotcher could feel, for I have done everything that I could have done. Yes, there will be tons of “ifs”, but what matters most is the fact that I have hurdled this battle with great pride.

In the end, people will not remember you based on your LET rating, but they will remember you depending on what you have done as a teacher 🙂

Awarding of certificates for high raters

Awarding of certificates for high raters

My MRC co-reviewees @ MindGym's Victory Party

My MRC co-reviewees @ MindGym’s Victory Party

You may not have the same predicament that I have had, but I want you, my future colleagues, to always keep in mind that you constantly need to challenge yourself and to take everything with purpose. If time comes that you are already doubting yourself, just be reminded why you are doing this in the first place. Put God first in everything that you do. Pray to Him fervently. Celebrate small achievements as you go along.

See things in a different perspective as much as you can. Have a solid support group, including God, because to them, you’ll be the best LETer ever.

Trust me, you’ll go places. 🙂

Good luck!

Wishing you a successful LET journey ahead!
Erin Abraham

Registered Professional Teacher at long last

Registered Professional Teacher at long last. Now it’s time for more teaching adventures!

Back at MindGym.. this time assisting my co-majors at their Power Coaching event

Back at MindGym! This time assisting my co-majors at their Power Coaching event

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