6 Cebu grads top teachers’ board

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

MOTHERHOOD and call center work didn’t prevent Kristine Myrene Sayre from taking the ninth spot in the top 10 of the recent Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

Sayre and five other graduates of different Cebu colleges gained the top rankings during the LET last January.

The 27-year-old elementary education graduate of the University of the Visayasn (UV) told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday she was amazed when she found out that she made it to the top 10.


“Bitaw, wa ko kasabot sa feeling. Until now, di ko katoo (I don’t understand how I felt. I still can’t believe this happened),” Sayre said.

She said she would have been contented with passing the board exam. “I never expected (to land in the top 10) because the exam was a bit difficult. I thought I would fail, but this is God’s will,” she said.

After graduating last year, Sayre, a mother of one, worked in two call center agencies. She worked for less than a year before she decided to quit her job to prepare for the board exams.

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TOPNOTCHeR. Kristine Sayre and five other graduates from different Cebu colleges topped this year’s LET. (Contributed photo)

Sayre revealed that she conducted self-review.

Distractions abounded during her review, she recalled, but she managed to keep studying. She stayed with her husband’s aunt in Talisay City and in a boarding house in Barangay Apas in order to study.

Sayre thanked her parents, particularly her stepmother, who helped take care of her son while she was busy reviewing for the exams.

Originally from Lumbangan, Mabinay town in Negros Oriental, Sayre is the eldest of five siblings. Her parents are both teachers.

She studied in the Foundation University in Dumaguete City for three years before transferring to UV in Cebu City.

Four other Cebu-based teachers also earned top scores in the LET’s elementary exam.

Pauly Mariz Recio of the Cebu Normal University (CNU) and Rica Alessandra Young of the Cebu Technological University (CTU) both earned the fifth spot.

Mary Kenth Aceret of the University of Cebu (UC) and Jasson Singculan of UC’s Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue College both earned the eighth spot.

In the secondary level, Carla Mae Sumalinog of the University of San Carlos (USC) earned the 10th spot.

According to a report on the website of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), only 11,120 out of 38,377 examinees in the elementary level passed the LET. In the secondary level, only 12,033 out of 42,358 examinees passed.

Sayre advised aspiring teachers to aim high and “hit the big mark.”

“The only things that stand between you and your dream are the will to try and the belief that it’s actually possible,” she added. (JKV)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 10, 2014.

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