Inspiring! ALS Teacher Shares Pride Over Former ‘Pasaway’ Student Turned Licensed Educator/Photographer


Another inspiring and heartwarming post made its way to social media.

This time it’s a teacher from DepEd’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Calamba City, Laguna who shared a truly inspiring post about one of her former students who exceeded their expectations!

Ma’am Yayo Banzuela of ALS Calamba was truly surprised when a former student of hers came over, but apparently, it was not just to pay her a short visit.

On her Facebook post she shared her surprise and excitement over her former student’s visit.

She said who would’ve thought that one of her former rowdy and boisterous students in ALS who graduated in high school would return as a surprisingly leveled-up individual? Apparently, the boy belonged to the 2012 batch; the last batch she handled at the Calamba Elementary School ALS Center.

She later learned that Jemuel Morato, after passing the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test in 2012, immediately enrolled and furthered his studies in college. He certainly didn’t waste time and even pursued a degree in Education.

Image via Jemuel Morato’s Facebook account

Ma’am Banzuela also shared that Morato then took the  Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and passed it on his first take. He had taught in two private schools in Laguna – Morning Star Montessori School and St. Benilde International School, but it looks like an inner call made him want to go back to the institution which honed him to become a better version of himself!

In addition, he also became interested in photography and it has become a hobby that pays.

With much pride evident in her post, Ma’am Banzuela further shared: “Ang batang hindi nakakalimot mangamusta ay bumabalik ngayon sa kanyang pinanggalingan. Hindi lang para mangamusta, kundi upang magsilbi at tumulong din sa mga dating katulad nya. Sobrang ipinagmamalaki talaga kita! Hindi lang kita estudyante noon, dahil alam kong magiging KATRABAHO pa kita. Masaya ako sa iyong tagumpay! Ipinagdasal ko talaga ito. Nawa’y maging instrumento ka din sa mga kabataang tulad mo noon ay hindi nawalan ng pag-asa at patuloy na nangarap. Maraming salamat at hindi mo kami binigo. Welcome sa Deped Calamba City! Welcome sa Als Calamba!”

[The student who has never forgotten has returned to where he came from. Not just to check on how we are, but rather, to serve and help those who were also like him before. I am so proud of you! You’re not just my former student, because I know we will now become colleagues. I’m delighted over your success! I really prayed for this. I also pray you’ll be instrumental in inspiring the youth like you before who never lost hope and continued to dream. Thank you, you did not fail our expectations.”

She then welcomed Morato to their cluster: “Welcome sa Deped Calamba City! Welcome sa ALS Calamba!”

Image via Yayo Banzuela’s Facebook post

To date, Morato is enjoying being a part of the “wind beneath his wings” team which inspired him to reach for his dreams and have a better future. Because amazingly, educators in the ALS (as well as SPED) are equipped with extra loads of patience and perseverance since they are usually dealing with students who need a lot of boost and inspiration. We salute all of you!

To Sir Morato, you have become an inspiration to your fellow ALS graduates, and now you are set to inspire your very own ALS students.

The Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test, formerly known as the Non-formal Education A&E Test, is a paper and pencil test designed to measure the competencies of those who have neither attended nor finished elementary or secondary education in the formal school system.

Passers of the A&E Test are given a certificate/diploma, bearing the Department of Education (DepEd) seal and the signature of the Secretary, certifying their competencies as comparable graduates of the formal school system. Passers are qualified to enroll in secondary and post-secondary schools.

Many less fortunate students have been given the chance to lift themselves through this solution by DepEd; giving out-of-school youth (OSY) and dropouts the opportuity to raise their self-esteem for a brighter future.

Ma’am Banzuela’s full post:

Image via Yayo Banzuela’s Facebook post