Discovering the Teacher Within

An interview with Mr. Paolo Regal

Going back to high school is something Paolo didn’t see coming, not by a long shot – not until that one fateful call from a former mentor who broached the idea. As fate would have it, he said yes, albeit uncertain, and applied as a substitute teacher in his alma mater, La Salle Green Hills.

He applied, was hired, and found himself back in LSGH, almost nine years after graduating in 2010. By then he has hurdled college and was mulling over pursuing a medical career.

Conscientious, hardworking, thorough – the traits were what sustained Paolo from grade school through high school as a member of the advanced class, the very same traits that saw him through his substitute-teacher days from January to March 2019.

Generally soft-spoken, Paolo gradually settled into his new-found role, embracing everything from classroom management to student interaction and lesson plan-writing.  With the same thoroughness that served him well during his high school days, he worked his way through being self-conscious at first, eventually getting past the initial awkwardness of working with people, who, not too long ago, were his teachers in high school. Through practice, he got around to speaking in front of a class, at a comfortable volume, for better performance and class interaction.

Paolo’s finding his ‘voice’ inside the classroom led to other realizations -– the need to further improve his craft in so far as facilitating learning among his wards; the need to learn more about the teaching profession and its many dimensions; and, the need to have a valid teaching license issued by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The prospect of taking and passing the board exam for teachers led him to weekends spent attending review classes, from 8 AM to 5 PM. The review sessions, as Paolo would later recount, reinforced what he said best summed what La Salle Green Hills gave him – a STRONG FOUNDATION.

On May 25, 2019, barely two months after some 85,000 secondary level examinees trooped to various testing centers for the board exam, the results were released. Paolo not only passed the licensure exam for teachers; he landed himself in 6th place (91.6%) among the 22,000 other successful secondary level examinees.

As Paolo would put it, a lot contributed to his impressive 6th place finish — his parents’ all-out support, enrollment in a review center to name a few. Foremost, however, is the strong foundation, a solid academic and character formation, that La Salle Green Hills gave him. And that made all the difference.