What Is Your Biggest WHY? #Weeklies

Week 38/52 #Weeklies




Today marks my 10th year here in the US. Yes, time flies! 

Ten years ago, it was just a dream. Up to now, I am still amazed by the transitions, changes, and everything in between those ten years! I only have gratefulness to God for allowing me to experience life as it is.

My stories are ordinary to some, but to me, there is always something extraordinary hidden within the simplicity. I always tell myself, if I can inspire one, then I am okay. It is still a ripple for good.

I encourage teachers who dream of teaching in the US to ask themselves why they want to do it, why school districts in the US will hire them, and most importantly, their most significant reason they want to leave our country?


Because it all starts with why. What is your WHY?


I believe there are only two things that could happen if you know your "why." 


First, you will act on it and be responsible for it. 

Second, you become its victim.


Dennis, my husband, works as a seaman when I met him. I told him I do not want a seaman because my father worked as an Overseas Contract Worker too, and yes, he provided for the family, but he was away while we were growing up. 


But love won, so I married him. 


Two years after, we had Mymy. Dennis was not there when Mymy was born. 


When Dennis came home after nine months, Mymy shooed him away. Typical, right? She did not know him. 


After four years, we had Mimoi. That was my eye-opener and my biggest why. We have two kids, and they did not have a father who was "physically" with them (at least for nine months a year).


I thank God for my father and brothers for being there and being my kids' father-figure. But it still would not suffice. Why? Because I was also without a husband for nine months. 


Friends, this was my story. You may have a similar one, and you have a different way of looking at the situation. But you see, "To each his own." 


That was my biggest why.


Now, what were my choices? 


First to act on it responsibly. Or second to talk about my story over and over and not do anything about it like a victim.


I chose to dream, so I decided to act responsibly. 


When I did that, events led to its fulfillment, like magic! 


Magic because when I focused on my "why", the "how" showed itself. I took the plunge, I went with the flow, and I allowed God to lead me to where He wants me to go. 


We are always at His mercy and grace. 


I urge Teach-USA applicants to continue to pray about your calling. If God is leading you to try our agency to help you, then trust Him. If not, then trust Him.


But, as soon as you know your "why", please choose #1. #2 will lead you nowhere.


To my fellow co-teachers who were with me that blessed Sept. 21, 2007. 


Cheers to 10 years!






37 comments:

  1. it is such a wonderful way of fulfilling one's dream..taking the first step..and see what God can do. More teachers to be successful.

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  2. HOPE I WILL BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM TOO, MAAM. MY HUSBAND IS ALSO A SEAFARER SO I CAN RELATE WITH YOU PO. I JUST ACCIDENTLY LOOKED INTO YOUR PAGE ONE NIGHT WHEN I WAS CHECKING MY FB. I KNOW GOD IS LEADING ME TO GREATER HEIGHTS. MAY GOD OPEN DOORS FOR ME AND MY FAMILY PO...

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  3. Ma'am Gemma,as i read your story i feel like crying because i'm experience now for what you have experienced before.My husband is also an OFW and a little chance or opportunity were together with my only son.His vacation is one month only in a year. We miss him a lot mostly for special occasion.Growing his son without his side was very hard.I Hope that someday we like togethere forever,through teach-usa!

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  4. Hello...! I salute all of you brave, hardworking and efficient Filipina Teachers and congratulations for reaching 10 years of teaching in the USA. Indeed, your Why's and How's plus God's grace, faithfulness and thru Teach-usa.net led you through 10 years full of challenges and rewards. I rejoice with you and I dream to be one in the future if God's will. Please pray for me.

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  5. This is the answer. Thank you Lord.

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  6. Hello ma'am Gemma, feeling so blessed to have scrolled upon the Teach-USA FB Page, thanks God for your advocacy to help other teachers who shared the same dream with you. You WHY is so relatable like me as a single parent. I hope God will hear me out again this time through you, amen.

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  7. I really like your story.Thanks for sharing and inspiring us. I do hope God will also show me and guide me towards my ultimate vocation and purpose in life..

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  8. I am also dreaming to teach in the US for the future of my children. I think this is the answer to this dream.

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  9. Hello Teacher Gemma, may I ask, how to apply as J1 Teacher in this institution you had? Pls help me to be a member of this group thanks

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  10. I am still confused where to submit my requirements.

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  11. Hello ,I salute to all Filipino teachers who bravely stand out in their dreams to explore what is beyond from their own country.Kudos....

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  12. Hello everyone, I am a Solo parent, a widowed at the age of 33 I lost my husband(died at the age of 36 due to end stage Chronic kidney disease.) Together with my son We are now about to face the new chapter of our life together and I hope and looking forward to have this once in a lifetime opportunity to get a chance to work in USA as a teacher and along with me will be my son. Thank you very much and I hope to hear a positive feedback from you soon. Thank you

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  13. Indeed, your biggest why is simple yet inspiring especially for teachers who have children like me whose main goal is to give the best for the family even if it takes the biggest sacrifice or risk. I am forever grateful for your openness to share your storu and for my friend who referred Teach-USA as my possibility of becoming a chosen US teacher in God's perfect time.

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  14. This is God's calling I know that He is the one leading me to teach in the US because I have been dreaming so many times about this. And now is the time to fulfill my dream in going there to teach...Lord please guide me always and bless me to my new journey.Amen

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  15. Hello po! What an answer to the biggest WHY po mam. Iam always inspired reading teachers' experiences in teaching the US. If God's will I want to be one of them!

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  16. Hello. I wish that my calling is also to teach in the US. To inspire kida there.

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  17. I want to broaden my horizon as a teacher, that's why I was attracted to this page... I know God is leading me and I want to tell Him to lead the way and experience His leading in my professional life.

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  18. My why is pay my loan, whilen i stay in Philippines i can pay it. If God allow me Thank you Lord I offer my whole swlf to you

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  19. I can relate to your story, ma'am. I am also a wife of a seafarer. I grew up without a father and so I want to build a family where we, as parents, are physically present in order to support our kids emotionally, spiritually and financially. At the same time, I want my children to grow in a place where there are many opportunities for them to explore.

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  20. Pray to live the American dream.Enrich my experience, that is teaching here and there.

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  21. I hope I will be given a chance to live my American dream also.

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  22. Hi Ma'am Gemma! I have just read your story. It's so inspiring! Same with you, I also have my biggest why and that, I hope, and pray would lead me to fulfill my dream of teaching in the USA.

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  23. Good Day Ma'am Gemma!its a big honor to read this inspiring story of every one,like others story.My biggest WHY that God help me a lot to fullfil my dream come true

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  24. Hi Ma'am Gemma! I was inspired by your story that in your journey God be with you along the way. I believe if you have dreams and faith you have to step out of it. Teaching and living in America is my prayer and my dream. I want to support my family, my church and to help others. Thank You Jesus for leading me and i want to start this journey.

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  25. I want to grow professionally with your team ma'am Gemma, I hope that God will give me the opportunity to teach in the USA because that's one of my biggest dream to teach. Thank you ma'am Gemma for sharing your love and concern to all teachers here in the Philippines.

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  26. Hello! I'm Epoy. I'm willing to take the challenge of serving young children in the US through teaching. I'd like to touch young lives through my passion, at the same time, look for greener pasture for my family and loved ones, and be a blessing to anyone whom I'll be meeting along the way.

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  27. First of alla,a single mom for 9 years. I have a big dream for my 3 sons. I don't like that they suffer the same hardship in life that I had experienced.

    Secondly, I want to learn other educational system especially curriculum implementation and improve myself. As a school head for 12 years, i also want to share my knowledge and experiences and culture among students, teachers and parents as well.
    Finally, US is my dream country.

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  28. That is a really inspiring story ma'am Gemma. It's been a month now after my father rested in peace. I've been a teacher for 2 years in Thailand but chose to go home because my he was terminally ill. Now that he's gone my biggest WHY in striving harder in life is my mother and my brothers. I want to give them a brighter future. I want to continue the legacy of my father. I must take care of my family and be the man of the house now that he's gone.

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  29. Hello ma'am Gemma, your story is very inspiring. I am one of those teachers who are also aspiring to teach, learn and share my expertise and experiences as a public school teacher here in the Philippines to the young children in the US. It is my hope and prayer that God will answer all my prayers and dreams through you Ma'am Gemma as God-sent angels on earth.

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  30. Hello! I'm Bart Its my biggest dream to teach in other countries especially in the U.S. I am Public School teacher for almost 20 years in the Philippines, and I always looking forward to grow professionally. I love to teach children especially elementary pupils. I am a fighter I'm always willing to accept the challenge and opportunity. Its my biggest chance to share my expertise not only here in my country but also to other country like U.S. God bless all the teachers.

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  31. Yours is a heart-melting story Ma'am. I feel you since I was once an OFW in China. Not long after I left my family to work as a Foreign English Teacher, my husband also followed to work in another city in China. We were both away from our lovely daughters for years, missing special and momentous events in our kids' growing years. Then, just last year (2020) we were fortunate to go home to spend our supposedly short winter break together , but that short break lasted for almost two years now since we're stranded due to this unexpected pandemic. Yes, we manage to bond with our family for a much longer time, but a bit frustrating since my husband and I are left with a hanging and uncertain hope as to when we can finally return and resume our work in China. The current banning in China has greatly affected not only our career, but above all, our kids' future. Thus, I've been searching other ways to seek for any possible work opportunities for us to be able to provide for our family. I am hoping and praying that one day, God will lead me/us to the right and perfect workplace He has in stored for me/us. May this agency be a channel of His grace and mercy for us. Thank you so much🙏

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  32. Very touchimg story. I am very much willing, too..
    to serve my teaching profession to Teach-USA.

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  33. Very inspiring stories. I am a Sped Teacher for almost 25 years. I am a solo parent of 3 kids. My two daughters are now in college and may son is in grade 10. IT is one of my biggest dream to teach in USA and share my expertise as a Sped Teacher. I have working been so hard to give my family a better future to think that I am the only one supporting my family. Hoping and praying that one day God will lead me to a perfect workplace and through TEACH USA my biggest dream soon will come true with GOd's grace. Thnk you so much .

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  34. A very touching stories from those who were away from their families but I knew that these would be one of the risks we must to take just to reach our dreams. Am serving the Department of Education in public elementary school for 22 years, 10 years as primary teacher and 12 years as school principal. I just want to fulfill my dream to Teach-USA and to grow professionally that's WHY am very much willing to apply. May God grant my prayers with your help ma'am Gemma and your company. May God bless us always!

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  35. it melts my heart. I am willing to impart my teaching skills to TEACH- USA

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