From LU to the World: A Journey of Inspiration and Achievement

Jenny Anne G. Monserrat, a dedicated and passionate educator, has come a long way since her days as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education student at Laguna University. With the motto “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later” by Og Mandino, she embarked on a journey that would shape her into the exceptional teacher she is today.

Jenny’s decision to enroll at Laguna University was serendipitous. Originally seeking financial aid at the Laguna Provincial Capitol, she stumbled upon the LU Admission Test (LUAT) and successfully passed it. Although it meant studying far from her hometown of San Pablo City, Jenny embraced the opportunity to explore new places as a college student, unknowingly preparing herself for the adventures that awaited her as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). Jenny’s college life revolved around a delicate balancing act of school, work, and home responsibilities. Despite the demanding schedule, her most cherished experience was being a student assistant to a professor she deeply admired. This professor, whom she considered “Morrie” from Mitch Albom’s book entitled “Tuesdays with Morrie,” inspired Jenny to understand the profound impact a teacher can have on a student’s life. This encounter ignited her passion for teaching and set her on a path to becoming an influential educator herself.

Jenny’s list of accomplishments reflects her dedication to education and her unwavering commitment to personal growth. Here are some notable achievements, listed from recent to oldest:

  1. Teacher of Character 2023, Chaves County, New Mexico, United States of America: Jenny received recognition as a Teacher of Character, honoring her as a role model and mentor to her students. Her consistent demonstration of moral character traits such as respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, caring, and citizenship has positively shaped and guided her students towards becoming conscientious and ethical members of society.
  2. Pioneering Filipino Teacher in an American School in Dubai: Jenny broke barriers by becoming one of the first Filipino teachers to teach at an American School in Dubai. In an environment where previous teachers were predominantly native English speakers, Jenny’s achievements showcased the talent and dedication of Filipino educators on an international stage.
  3. 2019 Best Department Head (English Department), The Philippine School, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Jenny’s exceptional leadership skills and commitment to excellence were recognized when she was awarded the title of Best Department Head. Her innovative approach to teaching English and her ability to inspire both students and colleagues contributed to her success in this role.
  4. Reading Mentor Award, TMG Magazine, Middle East: Jenny’s passion for instilling a love for reading in her students earned her the Reading Mentor Award from TMG Magazine in the Middle East. Her efforts in promoting literacy and nurturing a lifelong love for books have made a lasting impact on the lives of her students.
  5. Former Instructor at Laguna University: Jenny’s dedication to giving back to her alma mater is evident in her previous role as an instructor at Laguna University. Before venturing abroad in 2014, she shared her knowledge and expertise with aspiring educators, ensuring that future generations of teachers are equipped with the skills necessary to make a difference in the field of education.

Teacher Jenny’s message to future professionals is one of honesty, integrity, and continuous growth. She emphasizes the importance of being truthful in one’s work, as the quality of one’s efforts reflects their character. Jenny encourages aspiring professionals to be competent and to constantly strive for self-improvement. Her own experiences in unfamiliar territories taught her the value of seeking knowledge, asking questions, and embracing new experiences. She urges students to be the best they can be, reminding them that greatness is achieved through dedication and perseverance.

Jenny Anne G. Monserrat’s journey from Laguna University to becoming an esteemed educator in various parts of the world is a testament to her unwavering commitment to education and personal growth. With her motto as her guiding principle, Jenny continues to sow seeds of knowledge and inspiration, knowing that the harvest will be rich and meaningful.

Jenny Anne G. Monserrat, class of 2010, Teacher, Hagerman Elementary School, Hagerman, New Mexico, United States of America

Author: Edralyn J. Bigcas, LUAAI, Deputy Secretary

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