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EDUCATION AMBASSADORS. Xavier Ateneo Basic Ed teachers attend their graduation as Microsoft Education Ambassadors for CDO Batch 2. Supplied photo.

Thirteen (13) teachers from both Xavier Ateneo Junior and Senior High School were acknowledged by Microsoft Philippines as Cagayan de Oro City’s second batch of Microsoft Education Ambassadors (MEAs) during their recognition ceremonies held last December 7 at Seda Hotel Centrio.

The Microsoft Education Ambassadors program aims to create a sustainable community of passionate individuals who are advocates of teaching with technology. Each batch of teachers underwent screening, orientation, and mandatory three-day training to adopt and train teachers in a public school.

The group was led by Lea Lilibeth Emata (JHS AP Academics), Michael Dave Tan (JHS ITS), Anito Librando Jr (JHS Registrar), Jet Hokin Paclar (JHS Prefect of Students), Juanito Oliveria II (English), Septuaguin Salvador (Math), Franko Ray Santos (TLE), Marites Bade (Math), Renan Agad (Math), Kate Mary Queen Ebonia (English), Jeffrey Velasco (AP), Psyche Peras (TLE), and Emma Milleza (SHS Science).

Michael Dave Tan highlighted what he and his fellow graduates experienced: “Throughout the duration of the program, XU MEAs have trained more than 300 Department of Education (DepEd) school teachers from our 10 Tulong Dunong partner schools through the MEA’s Adopt-A-School program.” 

MICROSOFT TEAMS. Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow Jen Padernal introduces the features of Microsoft Teams to all Microsoft Education Ambassadors CDO Batch 2 graduates. Supplied photo.

“In addition, DepEd’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) teachers were also given a similar two-day enhancement training participated by the city’s ALS division coordinators, districts coordinators, and mobile teachers,” Tan added.

The second batch of MEAs will continue to open its doors in engaging with other communities particularly teachers who would like to learn on integrating technology in their classes. Xavier Ateneo, through its ITS, is looking forward to more partnerships and opportunities where educators can share each other’s innovations in the classroom.

The batch also comprised educators from University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), Department of Education, and other private schools from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, and El Salvador City.

“We are proud to recognize our Microsoft Education Ambassadors (MEA) in Mindanao for the amazing work that they do in empowering educators and students in the region,” said Grace Co, Microsoft Philippines education programs manager.

“Their passion and commitment to continuously up skill and enable technology enriched education has impacted thousands of teachers across the Philippines," Co continued. "The new MEAs have trained over 50 schools and covering almost 5,000 teachers in a year, and the numbers continue growing.” 

ACHIEVEMENTS IN CDO. Grace Co of Microsoft Philippines provides a summary report of the achievements of MEA CDO Batch 2 graduates. Supplied photo.

Co added: “This is in fact, the second time, we have completed a full cycle of the Ambassadors program in Mindanao and we are excited for the many great things this community will achieve. Padayon, Mindanao MEAs!”

XUJHS' assistant principal for academics Lea Emata emphasized the MEAs' role in promoting digital literacy in school and their commitment to build the Microsoft global network of innovative educators by continually learning, innovating, and updating with the new tech trends, and to collaborate with other educators working on a common mission to empower students to achieve more.

TEAM XAVIER ATENEO. Xavier Ateneo teachers have their group photo together with their trainers after their graduation as members of Microsoft Education Ambassadors CDO Batch 2. Supplied photo.