Davao Mission Teachers Gain “Learn to Teach and Teach to Learn Seminar”
February 7, 2023 • in News & Events
The Education Department led by Ms. Cheryl Linao-Hodge, Education Superintendent for the Adventist Church in the central and southern Davao region, conducted the Mission-Wide Teachers’ Seminar–Workshop at the DM Conference Hall on February 6 and 7.
Dr. Romy Lamputi, Associate Education Director of the South Philippine Union Conference (SPUC), an all-Mindanao headquarters of the Seventh–day Adventists, conducted the series of lectures that motivated the teachers to be “resourceful and persevering in introducing a variety of activities and methods in the classroom and beyond to make every lesson interesting and memorable; by innovating songs, crafting unique puzzles and games, thus helping every learner fight boredom and monotony of learning process.”
Ms. Hodge underscored the focus of the training will be on “mastering, demonstrating and committing to applying the different teaching strategies as part of the responsibilities as God’s representatives in saving souls for the kingdom.”
Pastor Reynaldo Merin, President of the Davao Mission, who was a teacher for six years in two different schools, stressed the importance of Christ-centered learning and teaching in our mission territory, which covers urban and sub-urban Davao City, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.
The attendees of the training are from Davao City Elementary School at Palm Drive, Bajada, Davao City, led by its Principal, Lanny C. Go; Sahmyook International Academy at Gambudes, Arakan, Cotabato under the able leadership of Naomi S. Javier; Royal Valley SDA Elementary School of Davao Mission, Inc. (RVSDAESDM) Main Campus in Bangkal, Davao City led by Teacher Julie M. Genovia, its San Jose, Digos City branch led by Mrs. Marites D. Detoya and RVSDAESDM Rizal Avenue, Digos City campus under the direction of Teacher Merly B. Viernes.
“This is the best seminar I have attended. The lectures offered more than I expected – lively, interactive, exciting, and Christ-centered, making us more versatile in handling students of different attitudes and potentials,” commented Mrs. Nesmila Jean R. Loriezo from RVSDAESDM-Main Campus.
These schools in this mission field are part of the 9,419 Adventist schools in the world, all committed to training souls for heaven.
“Every teacher who has to do with the education of young students should remember that children are affected by the atmosphere that surrounds the teacher, whether it be pleasant or unpleasant. If the teacher is connected with God, if Christ abides in his heart, the spirit that is cherished by him will be felt by the children.” Ellen G. White, Counsel to Teachers, 191.1 (Dan Florante Callo/DM Communication)