INDONESIA. Life can be full of challenges, but it is our response to those difficulties that truly defines us. Mr. Delfin Cabaron-Fernandez, a Filipino teacher at Xin Zhong School in Indonesia, is a prime example of this mentality, having faced numerous obstacles throughout his life yet choosing to use them as a catalyst for his career success.
After earning his Bachelor of Secondary Education with a major in English from the Philippine Normal University in 2008, Mr. Delfin began his teaching career at Bayugan National Comprehensive High School in the Philippines. He quickly gained recognition for his skills in radio and television broadcasting at the National Schools Press Conferences, as well as for his coaching of winning teams in regional debate and the national oratorical contests. His exceptional contribution to the Department of Education—Philippines earned him the title of “Outstanding Teacher in the school year 2015–2016.
Internationally acclaimed Filipino teacher
Undeterred by his achievements in the Philippines, Mr. Delfin sought out new challenges and opportunities, moving to Indonesia in 2017 to work as an English teacher at Xin Zhong School. During his five-year tenure, he has become an indispensable member of the faculty, earning recognition and admiration for his contributions to education. In addition to being a recipient of the International Schools Awards in India in 2018, he has also been honored with the Educational Excellence Award at the ISA-Dubai in February 2023, solidifying his reputation as a highly respected and accomplished educator.
In addition to these achievements, Mr. Delfin has also participated in a variety of academic competitions, including the Voice of the Youth International English Speaking Competition, where his student garnered the Second Champion title, and the World Scholars Cup (Skittles), where most of his students brought home medals and trophies. He has also coached and mentored his students to success in inter-school oratorical speech competitions in Indonesia.
Commitment to the teaching profession
What is most impressive about this Filipino teacher, however, is his commitment to his craft and his students. He believes that education is the key to unlocking one’s potential and works tirelessly to instill this belief in his students. He sets an example for his pupils by demonstrating that anything is achievable with hard work and determination, inspiring them to believe in themselves and take charge of their lives.
Mr. Delfin’s journey from an ordinary boy in the Philippines to an award-winning teacher at Xin Zhong School is a testament to the power of perseverance and dedication. This Filipino teacher demonstrates that with the right mindset and effort, anything is possible. Mr. Delfin’s impact on his students extends far beyond the classroom, as he is helping to shape future leaders who will go on to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond.
Mr. Delfin C. Fernandez is an inspiration not only to teachers like him but to all of us who can relate to his experiences. His story is proof that we can achieve greatness in the face of adversity and that we should never give up on our dreams.
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