Former Scavenger Inspires After Becoming a Licensed Professional Teacher

Proving yet again that there’s no limit to what you can achieve when you work on your dreams, a former scavenger inspires after becoming a licensed professional teacher.

April Joy Gemino Ceballos has proven what so many others before her have also said – that poverty isn’t a hindrance to someone who tries their best to reach for their dreams (and she achieved her success with the help of some kind people).

From Scavenger to Licensed Professional Teacher

According to Ceballos, she supported herself by becoming a scavenger. She would find recyclable bottles and scrap metal to sell to the junkyard for money.

Bemused by her situation but not willing to give up on her dreams, Ceballos asked someone to take a photo of her while scavenging so that she has something to compare to when she finally becomes a licensed professional teacher.

scavenger to teacher
Photo credit: Carl E. Balita

Did her manifesting work? Indeed!

Former Scavenger Inspires After Becoming a Licensed Professional Teacher
Photo credit: Carl E. Balita

However, she still faced more hardships as she reviewed for the board exam at the Carl E. Balita Review Center. But she managed to overcome those hurdles – and the review center’s Facebook page would later share her success story to inspire others.

Ceballos recalled how two people whom she identified as Ma’am Mercy Ortiz Verdadero at Ma’am Naii Mac gave her rice so she could have something to eat while she was reviewing for the board exams.

Former Scavenger Inspires After Becoming a Licensed Professional Teacher
Photo credit: Carl E. Balita

For three months, she managed to extend those meager rice provisions and a bottle of alamang (shrimp paste) mixed with eggs.

She also recalled how she would find excuses to not go with her board mates when they head out to eat because she really had no money at all.

And while there were times when she was tempted to take some of their delicious food whenever they were out, she stopped herself out of fear that karma would get back at her and make her fail the board exams.

Quite amazingly, she passed! Now a licensed professional teacher, she’s ready to take on a better job and earn much more than what she used to when she was simply finding bottles and cans in the streets.

Former Scavenger Inspires After Becoming a Licensed Professional Teacher
Photo credit: Carl E. Balita

Is Enrolling in a Review Center Required for the Board Exams?

No. Board exam takers can do a self-review – and many also pass in that manner. However, other exam takers believe they can have an edge and a better chance of passing when they enroll in a review center.

Joy Adalia

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