About Teacher Precious

Express, Enjoy, Empower through Art

Everyone can be artistic and creative. It’s just that everyone needs a little encouragement.

Hello, world! I’m Teacher Precious! I'm an author, content creator, and art teacher for learners of all abilities.

I help create the artists of tomorrow by encouraging teachers, parents, and students to

Express their ideas,

Enjoy the process, and

Empower each other through

Art that comes from the heart.

Art Workshop for public school teachers in Region10 Misamis Oriental by the Philippine Advocacy for the Arts Foundation (PAAFI) 2018

Since 2013, I had been advocating art and creativity as an essential tool in the teaching and learning process by working with different organizations by conducting workshops for students and teachers. I received my diploma in Art Education from Nara University of Education Japan, graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, with a degree in Secondary Education, major in Special Education, and extended my knowledge with another degree in Fine Arts, major in Visual Communication.

In 2010, I ranked 6th place in the Licensure Exam for Teachers (L.E.T.) major in Physical Sciences.
I’ve been teaching ever since.

As a content creator, I now host a weekly Art show, ART SMART on Knowledge Channel which is live-streamed every Friday on Facebook, YouTube, and and aired on Tuesdays on tv.

I also the published a book, Teaching Visual Arts in the Elementary Grades by REX Publishing.

Nilay Art Exhibit of One World School Students, NOVA Gallery, Makati City 2017
The PHILIPPLINE STAR news article
INQUIRER news article

Philippine Art Awards' Art and Design Fundamentals for Public School Teachers, Yuchengco Museum, Makati City 2018

Division of Quezon City Public Schools Art Workshop for Non-Art Majors Teaching MAPEH. 2017

 . Art Workshop for Public School teachers in Laguna by the Philippine Art Awards with her fellow SPED-ART advocate, Teacher Don Grajo 2018

My story

I grew up in a simple family and was the eldest among four siblings. My mother, a public school science teacher, influenced me to develop my love for learning. I became so interested in Science and at the age of six, decided I will also become a teacher like my mom. But life wasn't so easy for us at that time. My family continued to struggle financially, and soon we lived with our aunts in Manila, who provided support for my siblings. The place is also near reputable public schools where we can get quality education at a low cost.
In grade school, I had never experienced any formal Art classes or workshops except for the times I observed my father do portraits or paintings at home. My father, a self-employed portrait artist was my first mentor in Art. I learned how to be creative and resourceful from him who was an excellent craftsman, doing makeshift furniture at home, improvising, and fixing broken stuff. Making the most of what we have was the family mantra since we cannot afford to buy new stuff. I saw the limitation of resources as the source of my creativity; twenty plus years of constantly finding ways to make things work. I learned to be proactive, to always find solutions to problems, and to transform mistakes into learning experiences.

My positive attitude and love for learning paved the way to make the most out of my education. Joining the art club in high school further developed my talent and skill in Art, enabling our team to compete and win at the national level. My passion for Science helped me pass the college entrance exam in one of the most prestigious universities in the Philippines. Initially, I wanted to pursue a degree in Fine Arts, but the only way I can afford college is through a scholarship. And the only scholarship available for me at that time was for Education majors only. I thought maybe I was meant to be a teacher after all, yet people kept telling me that there's no money in the arts. I had to be practical. Being the eldest, I had to set aside my dream of studying Fine Arts and pursue a teaching career first; a job considered noble and "stable" at that time. I majored in Special Education because I thought it was novel, and my little knowledge about it made me curious. This is where my life as a special education art teacher started.
I was an art coach and LET review lecturer at MindGym Philippines where I held my first art workshop for teachers.
I am also the secretary-general of the Philippine Association of Japanese Government Scholars (PHILAJAMES), a member of the International Society for Education through Art (INSEA), and former head of the UP Artists' Circle. Me and my fellow advocate, Teacher Don Grajo also conducted workshops where we help equip and empower public school teachers through their art workshops around the Philippines.

I was also the former Art Teacher and Program Leader of the Visual and Performing Arts in One World School. In 2017, I helped develop the artistic potential of children of all abilities through the Nilay Art exhibit in Nova Gallery Manila. We showcased the students' strengths, interests, and unique process of creating art, emphasizing authenticity and self-expression, recognizing that all are capable of contributing to society.

Despite my circumstances, I tried my best to make the most out of my life's challenges. With the help of my family's love and support, including the people and institutions that helped me, I was able to achieve my dream of becoming a teacher and an artist. I aim to give back this blessing by being of service to others; by sharing my knowledge and skills, encouraging positive change in people's lives through Art.

I teach with a smile.
I love what I do.
I encourage positivity through creativity.
I connect and guide people of any age and of any skill level through
beginner-friendly, artful learning.

Express, Enjoy, Empower through Art