(This is thanksgiving speech delivered by Ms. Elenita Diaz on her 30th Anniversary as a Teacher in Ateneo de Iloilo - Santa Maria Catholic SAchool during the Teachers Day celebration last October 2015)
I believe that life is a journey. My own journey with Ateneo de Iloilo started 30 years ago. It was then Santa Maria Catholic School. I was young, single, full of enthusiasm and eager to put into action my teaching capability. Our journey together began. In thirty years, so many things happened both to my personal life, to my teaching career, and to this institution. I got married, I became a wife, and a mother of three children. As to my teaching career, I tried to find my own niche. During the thirty years, it was a big challenge juggling my time working as a teacher and fulfilling my responsibilities as a mother and wife. There have been so many ups and downs, twists and turns. Just like me, this institution also experienced jolts and shake ups. It traversed on bumpy roads and mountainous trails. Withstanding all these, we both triumphed over our perils, coming out victorious and whole. Yes, we were both survivors.
Fast forward to the present. Santa Maria Catholic School is now Ateneo de Iloilo. As for me, my eldest child, Sean has just joined a ship of international destination, my daughter, Camille is already second year college, and my youngest son, Jed is in grade 10. May I make mention that my three children all enjoyed the benefits accorded to the children of a faculty member. To this, I would like to say thank you to the institution from the bottom if my heart.
Relationships are built through time, strengthened by years of togetherness. The years I stayed here have been very colorful. There is a saying that we make a living by what we get but but we make a life by what we give. Love is a give and take thing. And this is what we did to each other, the school and I. As I look back upon my life in this institution, I realized that the moments when I have really lived, are the moments when I have done things in the spirit of love. When you love your job, it is no longer work. It almost becomes like a play. With the passing of time, like what Madam Curie said, I never noticed what has been done. I only see what remains to be done. Thirty years and still counting. No regrets at all spending my life here that long. They were years full of beautiful memories.
In closing, people forget how fast you did a job-but they remember how well you did it. I hope I have made a mark in the life of my students. To the younger batch of teachers, I throw this challenge to you… Every job is a self portrait of the person who did it. Choreograph your work with excellence. (Elenita Diaz)