DAGUPAN CITY – Young City Mayor Jalen Kody Miles Fernandez of 2018 “Manlingkor Ya  Kalangweran” batch played teacher for some elementary students from different public schools  in celebration of the National Teachers’ Month this September.

The young city mayor first visited students of Calmay Elementary School on Wednesday, where he took over the teachers’ chore  for the day and inspired the pupils when he discussed values with them.

On Friday, he also visited grade 6 students of Tebeng Elementary School where he partnered with teacher fellows from Teach for the Philippines (TFP) to discuss values and leadership traits to students where he also playing  several games and activities.

The TFP is a non-government organization geared towards providing children with more access to education by sending teacher fellows to local public schools to assist and provide training and materials that will help improve instruction in their designated schools.

The TFP awarded a token of appreciation to the young leader for his active support in education and its stakeholders—both teachers and students.

“We want our students to believe in themselves. This is a unique opportunity for the kids to see someone close to their age but already in a position of leadership. This is hopefully a way for our kids (and for Kody) to learn. And this is an experience he’ll take with him as he grows up and continues to lead,” said TFP Teacher Fellow Maria Regina Santiago.

Meanwhile, the young city mayor disclosed how his fellow youth should look at the activity as a way to understand the importance of showing gratitude and appreciation for their teachers.

“Not all of us realize that they are our second parents– they are our heroes. Without them, there would be no presidents, no engineers, doctors (or other people helping our communities). We just don’t realize how important this job is for the future. Hopefully, we will not run short of teachers,” added Fernandez.

Aside from lectures and activities, Fernandez also distributed Pik-Nik packs to students in their respective schools, sponsored by Emperador Distillers.

The young city mayor will continue to visit various public schools in the city during the duration of the National Teachers’ Month which commenced September 5, till October 5. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)