This search aims to recognize the exemplary and outstanding performance and accomplishments of classroom teachers, non-teaching personnel, school heads and education/district supervisor who are active members of the PPSTA. It also recognizes Division Chapters’ valuable contributions in the promotion and upliftment of the welfare of teachers. This further bestows honor to the teaching profession by giving recognition to teachers who continue to devout their lives in the development of the youth and achievement of quality education.

Celebrating 77 years of service and excellence
Celebrating 77 years of service and excellence

As announced by SEAMEO INNOTECH, three out of four total winners were Filipino educators who stood out the most after undergoing through a rigorous three phased selection review.

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The awardees were chosen out of more than 300 classroom and school innovations received from six countries in Southeast Asia which include Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Joana B. Romano, a Master Teacher I from Melencio M. Castelo Elementary School in Payatas, Quezon City, Philippines won in the “Teacher Category” for improving kindergarten performance in mathematics and reading through digital app and reading videos.

Romano developed an offline, game-based digital application coupled with a set of video materials to teach Kindergarten students mathematics and reading in their Mother Tongue language.

The digital app and videos have helped her students improve on their mathematics and reading skills while also developing positive attitudes towards the subjects.

For the “School Head Category,” two school heads from the Philippines were also chosen as winners.

Mary Hazel Ballena, Principal of Bucay North Elementary School in Abra and Rowan L. Celestra, Principal of Buenavista Elementary School in Sorsogon City were recognized for spearheading innovative efforts that would ensure education continuity in their respective schools.

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” — Brad Henry