She earned her bachelor’s degree at UP Los Baños in 2004 and her master’s degree in Education major in Biology in UP Diliman as a UP Presidential Scholarship Grantee in 2012. As a full-time student of the scholarship program, she spent most of her time doing research both in biology and in education-related areas of study. While still a graduate student, she attended various national and international conferences where she presented papers or posters. Even before she finished her thesis for a master’s degree, she was given the opportunity present the initial data at the Asian Bioethics Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August 2012 and at the International Conference on Moral Education at the UP College of Education in November 2012.
Before joining NISMED, Ms. Gutierez was a volunteer teacher of the UP Ugnayan ng Pahinuńgod under the Gurong Pahinuńgod Program. According to her, this one-year volunteer teaching experience opened her eyes to the realities of the educational system especially in the remote areas of our country. Among the biggest problems she noticed in the school where she was assigned were poor classroom facilities, scarcity of books, lack of teacher expertise, insufficient number of teachers, and crowded classrooms. After a year as a Gurong Pahinuńgod, she joined a private school where she gained more expertise in the teaching profession.
“Finishing my master’s degree in two and a half years and the publishing of a paper in an international journal are two of my biggest achievements to date effective 9 January 2013,” she states.
As a new member of the science academic staff, she envisions learning more and being adept at inquiry teaching techniques in science, collaborative lesson development, and the different facets of teacher training. Welcome to NISMED, Sally!