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Alumni in the Spotlight: Marie Rose Yuzon (COL 1985)

There is no greater reward for Teacher Marose than seeing the smiles of her students who discover the joy of learning. Now the Chair of MC’s Early Childhood Education department, Marose and her team pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching to shape future educators from our alma mater.

 

Briefly describe your area of expertise or advocacies. How long have you been doing these?

I am a TEACHER. I started out as a preschool teacher at the MC Child Study Center  32 years ago. I taught all the levels, First Step, Nursery, Kindergarten. I moved on to administration planning out the curriculum and programs for the children.  I was also responsible for teachers’ professional development. Together with the CSC faculty, we transformed learning to make it fun, intentional, and developmentally appropriate for young children.  The hugs and the laughter from the children were always the standards by which we rated the programs and activities we planned and implemented.

 

For the past three years I have been serving as Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department of the MC College of Education (CED) and together with other CED faculty we are doing our best to form and train young women to be passionate, competent early childhood teachers.

 

Among your interests, which one has been your driving force?

The smiles and laughter of children who are having fun exploring, discovering and learning, the joy in their eyes and the appreciation from their parents have always been driving forces for me to explore possibilities to make learning more engaging and fun for young children.

 

The team who shares my vision and works with me tirelessly. Wonderful teachers who say YES to trying something different and working hard. These always push me to strive and do the best I can.

 

To what would you attribute your achievement/s?

I attribute my achievements to the following:

  • The passion for quality education for  young children who have so much potential for growth and development and the fact that they are our future.
  • The knowledge that teachers play a significant role in a child’s growth and development
  • The support I have always been given by my family and Miriam College to continue learning and challenging myself. The opportunities I have been given to innovate and build people up.

 

In what ways did your Maryknoll/Miriam education impact your life and profession?

Learning in Maryknoll College was never relegated to books or the four walls of the classroom. Learning was always translated to real life, actual people, relevant and meaningful experiences. I remember teachers challenging us to do researches and projects that touched base with real problems in our community.  I believe my zest to continuously want to learn and do what I can do to make a difference came from my Maryknoll education.

 

Can you share a memorable experience during your years in Maryknoll/Miriam College?

We were doing a research paper on families of overseas workers and my groupmates and I had to go to a community where families of overseas workers lived. We did a number of  interviews and got to know the families well.  Each family had their story to tell. Most of the stories were heartrending and I had many realizations about the challenges families of overseas workers go through.  When we discussed our research in class we were not just reporting something we learned from a journal or a book but something we learned from  real people. This was quite significant for me.

 

What career or life accomplishment makes you most proud?

My life’s accomplishments: I am most proud of my family and my children who have grown up to be responsible, loving, kind adults who love God.

 

I am also proud of former students from CSC who are now also teachers. I have worked alongside some of them and have been a witness to their passion, creativity and most specially their joy in teaching. This reassures me that I must have done something good. Of course getting praises from heads of schools about how the CED graduates are carving out a name for themselves in schools here and abroad. These make me proud.

 

What advice would you give our students who wish to pursue the same path?

Teaching is a vocation and a profession that will never go out of style. We will always need teachers. Artificial Intelligence can never replace the care, love and dedication teachers give to their students.

 

True, one can never get rich in teaching but that depends on what your perspective is of riches. If riches for you is fame and money and jewels then teaching will not give you these.

 

Teaching will give you more  Teaching will give you the love of your students, the pride in their success, the joy as they conquer their struggles. Teaching will uncover your hidden talents and challenge you each day to be the best you can be. Where else can you get free hugs, laughter, I love yous and thank yous ?  Where else can you make a difference in a young child’s life?

 

The field of education offers so much opportunities and joys.

 

In one sentence, how would you describe a Maryknoll/Miriam graduate?

A Maryknoll/Miriam graduate is a life long learner who makes herself relevant to the needs and challenges of the times.

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