San Pablo City’s Mr. DepEd
John Roldan C. Dimaano is a Teacher II at the San Pablo City National High School. It was the year 2012 when JayR, as he is called by his colleagues, won the Division of San Pablo’s Mr. DepEd. It was only his fourth year of teaching and Dimaano was already transforming into one of the profession’s most promising innovators. His mentors recognized his other skills and entrusted him with key responsibilities like being Prefect of Discipline, Science Club Adviser, and Chief Adviser. As a classroom teacher, he continuously conceptualizes and implements innovative techniques. He is also a staunch research advocate.
Yet Dimaano didn’t see himself as a teacher at first. After he graduated, he found himself managing his family’s computer shop and earning more than enough for himself.
“I did finish my course with flying colors but I was thinking that if I were given the chance to pursue another career, engineering or office-work related professions would have been good enough,” he says.
Everything changed however when he got married and had his first kid. On the summer of 2009, he applied as a public school teacher and soon was hired, ranking number 2 overall in Science.
From then on, Dimaano started building an enjoyable and comfortable place where children can learn their best.
“I want my room to be a happy place, a place where learners will be excited to come, to be with me, to learn with me, and to realize their full potentials with me,” he explains.
Dimaano further states that by going beyond the four walls of the classroom and teaching the students about the real world, he is helping them become the best version of themselves. Deriving from his own experiences, Dimaano wants them to learn things he never knew or experienced in order for them not to commit the same mistakes he has done and help guide them toward their future.
He cites one example when he handled the lowest section during his first year of teaching. The group was infamously called “teachers’ enemy number 1” and wasn’t fond of attending classes. Except, however for Dimaano.
“I think I helped them realized that they have their own potentials. I gave them the trust and attention they were badly longing for,” he recalls.
Dimaano remembers how challenging it was to handle them. Yet the group brought out the teacher spirit in him, making him realize that teaching doesn’t just require intelligence but also a big heart. He pushed them to be the best and celebrated with them when one of his students won second place in the Science Quiz Bee.
Unfortunately, the results were not replicated the next academic year with other teachers. According to Dimaano, only four of the students passed Science and one-fourth of the class had dropped out.
Still, Dimaano continues to do his best in his profession. He has conducted several researches like the ISCIP and Home-based Module, CIA – Competency Individual Assessment and recently the Illustrating Student’s Educational Performance or ISEP. He has also conceptualized the SIM modules, QUICKTIONARY, Layers of the Earth Stations, and other tools to further help his students. However, his greatest contribution is being able to share his faith and influence his students and co-workers through God’s words.
Despite Dimaano’s success, he also has some regrets. He considers himself as a family man but his work usually gets in the way. He remembers how he spent most nights making lesson plans rather than playing with his first born. Or how he missed his children’s first moments but was always present in school events. Yet that doesn’t dampen his spirits. Dimaano explains that he’s fortunate to have a family that is very supportive and understanding of his profession.
Indeed, “Mr. DepED” is far from just having good looks. It goes beyond the outward appearance. It is the spirit inside that gives hope and inspiration to students and teachers to be the best that they can be – physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. And Dimaano is just one example among many.
Felipe V. Baldemoro
ITO 1, Division of San Pablo City