A Thousand Years (Filipino Version) Walang Hanggan by Anjilou and Angel Flores

I. Puso ko’y tumitibok para sa iyo

Nangangamba man patuloy pa rin

Takot maglalaho

Ikaw lang sa puso ko

Gagawin ko, paglalaban kong pag-ibig mo

Naririto ako


Koro (Chorus)

  • Kaytagal kong hinintay pag-ibig mo
  • Pangamba’y mawawala sa piling mo
  • Walang hanggan, pag-ibig koy’y walang hanggan


II. Kagandahan mo ay di kukupas

Kalakasan ko’y galing sa iyo aking minamahal

Mga pagsubok malalampasan

Sa piling mo aking sinta ikaw lamang

Naririto ako


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6IcsUxNC9A



(In the tune of Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars) 

Oh your eyes, your eyes look at us and always checking

Your smile, your smile we love to see it in the morning

You’re so wonderful.

And we tell you every day.

Yeah we know, we know

You work hard with your Edison staff

Your love for us leads on the right track.

And every time you straighten us it is ok

And we say…

When we see your face

There’s not a thing that we would change

Sir El you’re amazing just the way you are

And when you smile you inspire us all the time

Sir El you’re amazing just the way you are

Your rap, your rap every lunch time we look forward

Your jokes, your jokes are sometimes oh so awkward

You’re our principal

And we love you anyway

Oh you know, you know, you know

We never ask you to change

Your crazy love for us

Will always stay the same

Oh, you touch our hearts, you change our lives

Thank you for everything

When we see your face

There’s not a thing that we would change

Sir El you’re amazing just the way you are

When you smile you inspire us all the time

Sir El you’re amazing just the way you are.

The way you are

The way you are

Cause you’re amazing just the way you are

When we see your face

There’s not a thing that we would change

Sir El you’re amazing just the way you are

***Principal El Happy Birthday. We love you. ❤ From your TECS Junior Academy

Salome Thomas-EL is a national education expert and consultant.  He was a teacher and principal with the Philadelphia School District from 1987-2009. He received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. Principal EL is a regular contributor on “The Dr. Oz Show” and the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay, about his Vaux Middle School experience, and The Immortality of Influence, which stresses the importance of mentoring, parenting and service to others. The Walt Disney Company optioned the movie rights to I Choose to Stay. Thomas-EL speaks to groups across the country and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR Radio. He is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and is currently a doctoral candidate. Principal EL lives in Delaware County, PA with his wife and two young daughters.  He has received the Marcus A. Foster Award as the outstanding School District Administrator in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania’s distinguished Martin Luther King Award.  Principal EL was honored as a Reader’s Digest Magazine, “Inspiring American Icon” and recently appeared on The Oprah Radio Network.

To Learn more about our amazing Principal El please visit the following pages:





First Filipino Teacher Honored with “Teacher as a Hero Award” in Philadelphia, PA

I am very humbled and honored to be chosen as one of the “Teacher as a Hero awardee of National Liberty Museum. There is an ongoing exhibit  in the NLM Museum featuring the 15 Awardees, bring your family, friends and school to know more about the heroes in our communities and around the world. 

Click the link foTeacher as a Heror more info: https://libertymuseum.org/liberty-institute/awards/teachers/

Source: http://www.truebright.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=223:teacher-as-hero-award-winners-for-2014-2015&catid=88&Itemid=644

First Filipino Teacher to be Honored with “Teacher as a Hero Award” in Philadelphia US
Mary Angel Alim- Flores will be one of the 2014-2015 “Teacher As Hero” Awards recipients on April 30.

Philadelphia, PA (April 23, 2015) – Mary Angel Alim- Flores, the math department chair and middle school math teacher at Truebright Science Academy Charter School is one of 15 of teachers in the Delaware Valley who will be honored by the National Liberty Museum during the 2015 “Teacher As Hero” Awards on April 30.

The event will be emceed by 6abc’s Shirleen Allicot, and will feature a keynote address by Salome Thomas-EL, National Education Expert, and Award-Winning Teacher and Principal in Philadelphia, as well as special award presentations by State Farm Representatives.

The “Teacher As Hero” award is annually given to a number of educators in the region who inspire, motivate and educate young people. Teachers are nominated by their administration, other peers, or as in the case of Ms. Flores – their students.

Flores came to the United States from the Philippines and originally taught for several years in the Baltimore City Public School system. Her journey there was well documented, as Flores was one of four Filipino women to be featured in a PBS documentary entitled “The Learning,” which aimed to capture the experiences and impact of migrating to the US to teach. After making the move to Philadelphia from Baltimore, Flores quickly flourished as the head of the math department – raising test scores and organizing events that combine learning and cultural lessons.

Her biggest accomplishment is the school’s Multicultural Day, where students not only learn history about various countries, but also get to experience the food, music, dance and culture. Twenty teachers transformed their classrooms into a different country, and students were given passports to travel the world. With the funds raised on this day, Mary Angel and the students at TSACS were able to raise enough money to sponsor two Filipino students for an entire year – covering the cost of education, supplies, and even clothes. “I teach because it is my passion to give as much back to students, both here in America and in the Philippines,” said Flores when asked what drives her each day.

About the Teacher as Hero Award Nomination Process
The National Liberty Museum invited fellow educators, school administrators, students, and community members to share stories of teachers who have made a positive impact in the community. Community members were asked to nominate educators who foster an appreciation for diversity in the classroom; teach students how to resolve conflicts respectfully; give students a deeper understanding of the relationship between rights and responsibilities; honor student voice in the classroom and in public spaces; take risks in order to remove an obstacle to a student’s liberty; incorporate the above concepts in their relationships with colleagues and community members; or demonstrate excellence in teaching teen driver safety or an auto safety initiative. After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions, the judging was then done by the NLM’s leadership in consultation with State Farm.

The award ceremony will take place at 5:30 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the National Liberty Museum located at 321 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA. After the awards ceremony, the stories of these winners will be displayed in the NLM’s Live Like a Hero Gallery for one year, presenting a visual and captivating ‘Teacher as Hero’ exhibit for all the public to see.

Full List of 2015 ‘Teacher as Hero’ Award Recipients:

Amy Hatlee- Governor Mifflin High School (Shillington, PA)
Carol Turano – Pinelands Regional School District (Tuckerton, NJ)
Christopher Rupertus – St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA)
Mary Angel Alim- Flores Truebright Science Academy Charter School (Philadelphia, PA)
Christie Besack – Central Bucks High School West (Doylestown, PA)
Lisa Teixeira – Kennett High School, (Kennett Square, PA)
David Magpiong – Voorhees Middle School (Voorhees, NJ)
David Stokes – The Paul Robeson High School for Human Services (Philadelphia, PA)
Emily Domineske – St. Basil Academy (Jenkintown, PA)
Evan Kramp – Strawberry Mansion High School (Philadelphia, PA)
Jennifer Mahieu – Samsel Upper Elementary School (Parlin, NJ)
Kevin Forik – Richard Allen Preparatory Charter (Abington, PA)
Marilyn Larke – Camden County Technical School (Pennsauken, NJ)
Peggy Marie Savage – Richmond Elementary School   (Philadelphia, PA)
Sara Flounders – Boy’s Latin of Philadelphia Charter School (Philadelphia, PA)

About Truebright Science Academy Charter School: The mission of the Truebright Science Academy Charter School (TSACS) is to offer an educational model that will equip all students with the core skills necessary to succeed in the highest-ranked colleges and the competitive world beyond.
TSACS recognizes that the students will enter a global workforce. As well as encouraging excellence in education, TSACS’ educational programs will contribute to the social development of our students. Through these programs and opportunities provided with field trips and international student-exchange experiences, our students will become more mature, more culturally aware, will attain a broad, global perspective, and will become productive world citizens. For more information visit

About the National Liberty Museum: The National Liberty Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to advancing liberty though fostering strong character and civic engagement. Each year, approximately 70,000 visitors walk through the museum’s front steps and are inspired by its unique 78 exhibits and are given the chance to have a uniquely reflective experience through its collection of glass art. The Museum is actively working to bring liberty to life through outreach opportunities including its Young Heroes Club program, which teaches students about liberty, strong character, and how to live like a hero every day. Thanks to grant support from the John Templeton Foundation, the program has been provided with the resources to now be the strongest and most meaningful Young Heroes curriculum yet.

The National Liberty Museum believes that civic engagement, grounded in strong character, enables liberty to flourish. And that each of us can be a hero of liberty. Because, where liberty lives, people live better. www.libertymuseum.org

I love teaching because it’s my L.I.F.E.

L- Love

Without love in my heart I will never survive the challenges of teaching in America. I am a Filipino math teacher and I started teaching in America last 2006. After 5 years of teaching in the Philippines, I accepted a teaching job offer from Baltimore City through a teacher exchange program. Teaching in the US is one of the biggest decisions in my life because I have to leave my family who is at least 8,600 miles away from me to live alone by myself in a foreign land but I love teaching and I want to gain new experiences and insights to help me grow professionally.

I know that teaching in the US, especially in the inner cities, will be very different from what I used to have (where students have respect and high regards to teachers) but I believe that if I love what I do and if I let my students feel the love I have for them I will be a good teacher or may be a great teacher. It is the love that I pour out in planning the lessons, finding creative and innovative ways to teach Math, inspiring and challenging the students to do their best in Math and in life. As I let love rule in my heart, I can help hopeless students do Math, forgive disobedient students, be patient with difficult students and genuinely care for students inside and outside the classroom. It is love- that will keep me going when I face tough times, when I feel like giving up and when I feel so stressed out. I always look back and remember the “love” and passion I have in teaching and that I consider it my very own mission in this life.



“You never know when or how greatly your words and actions will impact someone else.” As a teacher, we have the opportunity to inspire and touch the lives of our students. What mark do we want to leave in our students’ hearts and minds?

I always try to encourage my students to reach their maximum potential inside and outside the classroom. I challenge them so they can realize that there’s more than what they thought they could do. In my 13 years of teaching, I am experiencing the fruit of my labor and the sweet reward of teaching. I have students who thanked me through Facebook, email or text message because I have touched their lives in one way or another. One of them said that she never thought she would be a very good leader until I gave her a chance and told her she had the potential to be one. Another one said that he became interested and loved math because I made it fun to learn math. I am so blessed to see my students succeed in their chosen field. It feels so great that I am part of their molding process to be the best person that they can be.


F- Fun

Teaching can be very exhausting- meetings, professional developments, countless hours of working at home to prepare lessons, grade papers, contact parents and tons of paperwork. Guess what? With the overwhelming demands of this profession 24 hours a day will never be enough but in spite of it all, flexible teachers still see the “fun” in teaching. Fun is relative from one teacher to another. Some teachers consider it fun when a well-planned activity goes smoothly, or when a group of struggling students master a skill, or when the students learn through a game, or when the students discover what they are supposed to learn or it is fun when learning beyond the four corners of the classroom takes place.

I consider myself a modern teacher. I try different ways to teach a certain skill. I consider it fun when I see that students solve on their own or when we do fun activities like measuring the real objects in the classroom and finding the perimeter, area and volume, exploring geometric figures, play different games for probability lessons, calculating the circumference and area of different circular food then, eat and celebrate Pi day (March 13) after all the math hard work, math around the world (stations with different math problems with real facts from different countries), roller coaster project, doing exit tweets and a lot more. There are countless ways to make the subjects that we are teaching fun and exciting. There are interactive websites, apps and professional learning communities that can help us teachers plan to make learning fun for our students and teaching fun for ourselves.


E- Excellence

As the saying goes “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” We always remind our students to strive for excellence and to be in their A game. People might be thinking that teachers are delighted when the result of classwork, quizzes and exams are 100’s but do you know that a 70 may be equal to 100 sometimes? If a teacher working with students who have learning disabilities, that 70% might be the best that they can get and it will feel as great as a 100%. Don’t get me wrong…it is important to pass the tests and to get good grades but test scores and grades do not define learning. It is not just the concepts learned; but the learning process and the application of it is what really matter.

I remember a student  in  8th grade who could barely add or subtract single digit numbers. He stayed after school for coach class and sometimes lunch time to learn how to solve equations. After all his hard work, he got an 80% in his test and I rejoiced with him. I told him that he was an excellent student. After some more practice, he was able to solve 2 step equations and he even got 100’s. It was such a wonderful moment to see the joy in his eyes as he received his graded work. He couldn’t wait to show it to his mom.

As we remind our students to strive for excellence, we  teachers must also do the same and strive to be a good role model for our students as we make choices and decisions to cope with the demands of our profession and every day life.

I love teaching because it’s my L.I.F.E.

…and I can never image myself doing something else.    IMG_6299

We are not really celebrating Easter with eggs but I found this cute creative eggs…usually we go to church & celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.He lives forever.