Grade 9 PE 9

Community Connection Interview

Jemarie Zuleta

Grade 5, 9 , 10 , 11 English Teacher of Saint James Academy

I chose Jemarie Zuleta to interview because I still remember when I was little and my mom didn’t have to teach me, Jemarie Zuleta helped me with my reading, writing and counting when my mom couldn’t. If she didn’t teach me, I wouldn’t have done well at the private school that I went to during the time I lived in the Philippines. I admire her for being able to balance out teaching grade five, nine, ten and eleven. Teaching English to her young students when it’s her second language. I know, how hard it is to learn a different language. Teaching a different language to other people is more difficult then learning it yourself or being taught by someone. I admire her for being able to successfully doing that for nine years now. In my eyes, she’s an ideal teacher; kind-hearted, caring, knowledgeable, teachable, trustworthy and patient. Being patient is very important because not all students have the same learning ability. Some understand right away and not need to much guidance and others that take some time to adjust to some subjects, they usually need more guidance for teachers. When students don’t understand what you have taught them, you cant get frustrated easily, you have to be able to be patient with them and guide them more. Ever since, I was little I thought she could make a great teacher.


  • Why are you passionate about your job? 

“At first, I was not into teaching. In fact I hated it for I believed I              didn’t have the confidence to face a crowd. But since I was forced to take education, I didn’t have the choice but to enjoy it. I have faced a lot of challenges but the reason why I still keep on pursuing this noble profession is my students. They serve as my inspiration. Their words saying that I’ve changed their lives motivate me to continue this passion.”

  • What obstacles have you faced to get you where you are today?

“Dealing with diverse learners with different styles and needs and also encountering parents who always put the blame on us whenever their child has a problem during my practicum, my cooperating teacher who has high standards expected a lot from me. She made me do all the her work she does in the class,  from teaching up to accomplishing paperwork and as I remembered it, those were the days when I felt so tired, physically, emotionally and mentally that I told my father I’ll quit. I don’t want to teach. But he convinced me not to because that was already a month before graduation. Luckily, I did finish it. being where I am now, only shows that I surpassed that hardship and I’m thankful that I experienced that for it made me a more equipped teacher.”

  • What advice would you pass on to someone interested in what you are doing?

“Teaching is not a joke. One needs to have compassion, dedication and patience, a lot of it, to stay in this field. You’ll surely encounter situations where you might lose yourself, but just remember that the future lies on us. We are the caretaker of the youth. We are responsible to nurture them and make them productive individuals. so gear up, and be ready in making this world a better place.”

  • Would you be open to further contact from Riverside students and if so, how can someone contact you?

“ I’m a teacher in the Philippines. From what I know, I internet here isn’t the best but I’d love for riverside students to reach out to me. I’ll gladly help them. They may contact me through my email”

  • If you could go back in the past, would you take the same path you took or take a different one?

“Attended a seminar where the facilitator started the discussion with the question ” If God will grant you a superpower, what would it be?”, and my answer then was, “I like to have that ability where I could travel back in time, so I could change all the decisions I’ve made just like being in this work. But later on, I had realized that God might really want me to be a teacher, so I could be his instrument in spreading goodness and in moulding these youths to be His faithful servants. So no, I wouldn’t change anything.”

  • What do you find most frustrating about teaching?

It really frustrates me to see students who are not interested to learn and the only purpose that they have in mind is going to school aside from the allowance is to have friends. An effective learning process would not take place if the students won’t does their part.”


  • What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today?

Many studies show that students of today’s generation have poor academic performance. This is because of several factors that divide students’ attention such as gadgets, social media, peers and many more. These diversions hinder students from having good study habit and therefore lose track of the things they have to pay attention to. These gadgets are also proven to affect students’ behaviour and that is one of the agonies of the teachers, dealing with disturbed or behaviorally challenged students.”

  • In your opinion, would you want your  students to apply for the teaching field or seek a higher field? 

“Honestly, no! Because I know how hard it is to be a teacher and I don’t want them to experience what I have experienced. But if they really have the passion, then, go, I’ll be here to support them.”


I learnt that when deciding to pursue in the teaching field, you should be prepared for having that period of time where you feel like that teaching isn’t your thing and feeling physically, emotionally and mentally tired. However, you have to be able to get passed it because it’ll just be the first of your many struggles through your career. I learnt that you need compassion, dedication and patience to be a teacher because you have to remember that you are teaching many students that have different learning abilities. I learnt your students will be the your main inspiration to keep going on. This connects to my interest in the teaching because I know that there will always be ups and downs in any career, I think personally think that I have the characteristics of being a teacher. It also, connects to my interest min the teaching field because I’ve always dreamt of having students that look up to me and being able to have impacted a student life in a good way.


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1 comment

  1. Thank you for submitting your Community Connection assignment for COL. We have reviewed your Edublog post, and have the following observations regarding your work:

    – Great job interviewing someone and seeking out information regarding their expertise
    – Way to incorporate your answers on your edublog
    – Thanks for going the extra mile on this assignment. This is a great example of a connection!

    Thank you,

    Mr. Barazzuol and Mr. Robinson
    COL Teachers

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