Teacher of the Year Awarded to INC Member
Teacher of the Year in Duval County; Florida makes learning fun; San Diego Police Department feels love from local church; New furry friend in Pet Corner.Show/Hide Transcript
HOST: In this week’s INC News World—
TEACHER OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 Florida Blue Duvall County Teacher of the Year is Sarah Pasion!
SARAH PASION: They announced my name, you know, I was just shocked.
HOST: A Florida teacher receives one of the state’s most prestigious awards for educators. And the Church Of Christ continues to expand in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Plus,
JAKE DE GULA: I’ve never made a movie before and since it was my first time it was really fun to know how movies work.
HOST: Youth members in New South Wales, Australia, bring their imaginations to life on the silver screen. Your INC News World starts now.
HOST: Hello and welcome to INC News World, I’m Michael Guerrero coming to you from our San Francisco Bay Area INC Media Studios. Schools in Florida are facing critical teacher shortages.
Teacher shortage in Florida: 2,200 teachers needed. duvalschools.org
HOST CONTINUES: Through the 2018-2019 school year, public schools are in need of hiring over 2,200 teachers throughout the state due to lack of high qualified teachers.
But one teacher in Jacksonville, Florida has taken this challenge head-on, impacting her students, fellow educators, and even the school district. Michael Robinson gives us the details.
MICHAEL ROBINSON: Sarah Pasion, a veteran educator of 15 years at Sadie Tills Elementary, has a unique way of teaching her students.
SARAH PASION (TEACHER – SADIE TILLS ELEMENTARY): I’m using this productive talk move wherein my students are turning and talking, they’re collaborating their ideas.
MICHAEL ROBINSON: Activities designed for peer to peer communication and interaction between students. Sarah shared this method of teaching throughout her school and even to other schools in her district.
SARAH PASION (TEACHER – SADIE TILLS ELEMENTARY): My principal would actually observe me. She left my door open to the other teachers so they can also learn on how to use this productive talk. And even the teachers from different schools are observing.
SARAH PASION & STUDENTS: “Cool fractions, Cool fractions. When the numerator is the same as the denominator, two halves, three thirds, four fourths, five-fifths equals one whole.”
MICHAEL ROBINSON: Fellow teachers commended Sarah for her teaching strategies.
TERESA BROWN (SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – SOUTHSIDE ESTATES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – DUVAL COUNTY): Ms. Pasion is a very genuine teacher, she loves the kids, she loves her craft.
MICHAEL ROBINSON: Leading to an unexpected achievement in Sarah’s life.
[ANNOUNCEMENT AT DUVAL COUNTY TEACHER’S BALL]: The 2019 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year is……Sarah Pasion!
SARAH PASION (INC MEMBER – TEACHER OF THE YEAR, DUVAL COUNTY): They announced my name, you know, I just shocked.
MICHAEL ROBINSON: But Sarah’s colleagues weren’t surprised that she was recognized for her teaching.
TERESA BROWN (SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – SOUTHSIDE ESTATES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – DUVAL COUNTY): All the feedback that she has received over the years, and it has led to her being known as the 2019 Duval County Teacher of the Year. And it is so well deserved. I am so proud of her.
MICHAEL ROBINSON: And Sarah saw this as an opportunity to share something more important to her.
SARAH PASION (INC MEMBER – TEACHER OF THE YEAR, DUVAL COUNTY): This is such a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you Almighty God for this precious gift from you.
SARAH PASION (INC MEMBER – TEACHER OF THE YEAR, DUVAL COUNTY): I was just praying to God, “Help me to find some way to how can the other people know about our Church.”
NEWS 4 JACKSONVILLE BROADCAST INTERVIEW: So why do you think you were chosen as a finalist?
SARAH PASION (INC MEMBER – TEACHER OF THE YEAR, DUVAL COUNTY): Well, I think I go above and beyond of my regular duties as a teacher and also an active member of our Church, which aim to render my service as a secretary. And also we have this program called Aid For Humanity that gives help to in-need people around the world. So as a teacher, you have to be a well-rounded individual.
NEWS 4 JACKSONVILLE BROADCAST INTERVIEW: Right, you pour your heart into everything you do.
SARAH PASION (INC MEMBER – TEACHER OF THE YEAR, DUVAL COUNTY): This is what we believe, you know, if you have time you can read it and tell me you know what you feel about it but I always share my faith with my teachers, you know, with my friends in the school.
MICHAEL ROBINSON: Later this year, Sarah will compete with 128 other teachers throughout the state for Teacher of the Year Award in Florida. But fellow teachers throughout the state have already began commending Sarah for her innovative strategies in uplifting her students during a time of shortage of teachers. I’m Michael Robinson, Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network, Jacksonville, Florida.
HOST: According to some estimates, in America between 6,000 and 10,000 churches are dying or closing each year. That means 100 to 200 churches will close this week alone.
Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches in the U.S. are dying each year. That means around 100-200 churches will close this week. Factsandtrends.com
HOST: But that’s never the case inside the Church Of Christ. At the beginning of 2019 the Ecclesiastical District of Washington, D.C.-Mid Atlantic branched off into the Ecclesiastical District of New Jersey due to the increase in local congregations. Just like in other places, the Church today in New Jersey continues to grow.
TOM LUNA (DEACON – NORTH NEW JERSEY, NEW JERSEY): Today is one of the historical events here because we’re having our first inaugural worship as a local of North New Jersey.
HOST: Many, like Tom Luna, are excited that the Church Of Christ is finding deeper roots in their home state of New Jersey.
EDWIN VERGARA (INC MEMBER – NORTH NEW JERSEY, NEW JERSEY): My family and I were so excited because it’s so close to home and it’s a little bit of a convenience to actually be this close to Church.
BROTHER JEFFREY GUINGAB (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL – WHIPPANY, NEW JERSEY): The Church is growing so fast, and the congregations in itself they’re growing with many members. So, establishing congregations helps in taking care of the brethren in whichever part of the world. We can only see the Church from here will continue to grow.
TOM LUNA (DEACON – NORTH NEW JERSEY, NEW JERSEY): It proves that the Church is growing all over the world, especially in this part of the world that we have a new district now. We will always continue to perform our duties in the Church Of Christ.
HOST: And with a new local congregation, comes new inspiration to serve God.
EDWIN VERGARA (INC MEMBER – NORTH NEW JERSEY, NEW JERSEY): I want to help out here a little bit more so being a local actually is inspiring me to be an officer. But now the question is what office am I taking? So, you know, that’s another journey.
HOST: How bad is the traffic in Washington, D.C.? Well, according to the INRIX 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard, people in Washington, D.C. spend 155 hours a year in traffic. That’s almost 6 and a half days lost to congestion.
Hours spent in traffic per year: Washington, D.C. 155 hours, 6.5 days lost to congestion INRIX.com
HOST: But in nearby Fairfax, we find a group of people who are about to cut out a lot of traffic time in their weekday commute. Genesis Acosta has the details.
GENESIS ACOSTA: This is reality for residents of the metro Washington D.C area, which includes areas of Maryland and Virginia, where you’d find people like Lewis Butler in Fairfax.
LEWIS BUTLER (DEACON – FAIRFAX EXTENSION): From where I live to Washington D.C. is roughly about 40 miles and weekday it takes almost an hour and a half to two hours to get to the chapel on a weekday. It gets very stressful and you just have to rush.
GENESIS ACOSTA: And it wasn’t just Lewis’s family. The traffic was a problem for Church Of Christ members across the area.
EDWARD EUGENIO (DEACON – FAIRFAX EXTENSION): Definitely stressful. Getting caught in traffic, keep looking at my watch like “Am I going to make it?”
LEWIS BUTLER (DEACON – FAIRFAX EXTENSION): Now we’re about 5 to 6 miles away, takes about 10 minutes.
GENESIS ACOSTA: Because now, there’s a newly established local extension of the Church Of Christ in their hometown of Fairfax, Virginia where they can attend worship service.
LEWIS BUTLER (DEACON – FAIRFAX EXTENSION): It’s totally a blessing all the way around for the family.
BROTHER MATTHEW CAPISTRANO (DISTRICT SUPERVISING MINISTER – WASHINGTON, D.C.-MID ATLANTIC): One of the promises of our Almighty God is that His nation will continue to grow and flourish and today is the manifestation of that.
GENESIS ACOSTA: And now that it’s here, they’re ready for the next phase in this journey: spreading the words of God.
LEWIS BUTLER (DEACON – FAIRFAX EXTENSION): I look at this area out here as like a big fresh pond, never been fished in. And I think once we start doing our outreach program I think God is going to give us the words, the wisdom we need to approach anyone and bring them.
GENESIS ACOSTA: And seeing his prayers come true, Lewis just had one more thing to say.
LEWIS BUTLER (DEACON – FAIRFAX EXTENSION): Thank you Father, that’s all.
GENESIS ACOSTA: The members of the Church in Fairfax can now stay in Virginia during the week for worship services, but note: their weekend worship services are still combined with the congregation of Washington D.C. on Sundays, just a quick 25 minute drive. Although we pray it won’t be long until Fairfax becomes a full fledge local congregation of the Church Of Christ. Genesis Acosta; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Washington, D.C.
HOST: Welcome back to INC News World, I’m Michael Guerrero. Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge.” In Sydney, Australia, children are taking their imagination to the big screen and picking up more than moviemaking knowledge along the way. Angela Asencio has that story.
KID ANNOUNCERS: [And the winner] Of the Best Actor is Jake De Gula!
ANGELA ASENCIO: 9-year old Jake De Gula took home the Best Actor in the INCVision awards with the short film, “Gift.”
JAKE DE GULA (INC VISION BEST ACTOR – CANTERBURRY, AUSTRALIA): I’ve never made a movie before and since it was my first time it was really fun to know how movies work.
ANGELA ASENCIO: Moviemaking wasn’t the only thing Jake learned.
JAKE DE GULA (INC VISION BEST ACTOR – CANTERBURRY, AUSTRALIA): If someone invites you to a birthday for example but it’s on a Sunday and you have Church, you could say “Oh sorry, I can’t come.” I learned that it’s not always about saying yes.
ANGELA ASENCIO: Briana Serrao also learned about peer pressure through this INCVision project.
BRIANA SERRAO (INCVISION BEST ACTRESS – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA): I learned in the story to not bully anyone because of what they do.
ANGELA ASENCIO: INCVision is a short film project to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Children’s Worship Service. It’s a project for children by children.
BROTHER ANGELO SANCHEZ (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL): They are the ones acting. They also wrote the script through the help of the CWS officers.
ANGELA ASENCIOT: Children’s Worship Service officers like Ian and Cherry were among those who patiently helped the children make these short films.
IAN JESSE LLANETA (PRODUCER – “GIFT”): For me, what I saw they were excited. as kids you kind of need to control their excitement. You have to kind of still teach them how to do things. Because when it comes to filming it has to be quiet. It was hard, it was hard to really tell them.
ANGELA ASENCIO: But the patience paid off.
CHERRY JOY LLANETA (EDITOR – “GIFT”): The kids at the beginning, their excitement never fails until the end of the filming. They’re still excited like after the filming “Where can I watch the final movie, I want to see it.”
IAN JESSE LLANETA (PRODUCER – “GIFT”): But later on, when we have been filming for how many days already, they kind of started to have that responsibility in them. When it comes to filming, we have to be quiet. And there were moments where when they felt like another member finding hard to act, they would straight away help them. They made it easier for us actually.
ANGELA ASENCIO: For youth leaders like Ian and Cherry, INCVision was not about winning.
IAN JESSE LLANETA (PRODUCER – “GIFT”): For us seeing that, and being able to see how happy the kids are, for us that’s already an award, a big award. Without the trophy, as long as the kids are happy they will keep this with them then we’re already winners.
ANGELA ASENCIO: The Church Of Christ holds many events and activities like these that promote christian values.
BROTHER ANGELO SANCHEZ (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL): We are also promoting christian values to the children because it is also in accordance with the will of our Lord God written in the Bible to train up a child so that when they grow up, they will never depart from it.
ANGELA ASENCIO: These 12 films were created and produced by children from all over Australia East. The film entry “Gift” that won Best Film was actually a concept made from 9-year-old Jake himself. Judges say they were thoroughly impressed with all the short films and the Ecclesiastical District of Australia East have plans to hold another INCVision project again next year. Angela Asencio; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Sydney, Australia.
HOST: Paris, France is considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. But according to the Borgen Project it’s poverty rate has increased. The overall poverty rate in the city of Paris is 14%, which is close to the national average. When you look at the underprivileged neighborhoods the rate jumps to nearly 40%.
Poverty rate in the city of Paris: 14%, 40% when looking at under privileged neighborhoods. BorgenProject.org
HOST: But a community outreach event hosted by the Church Of Christ was held to help address this problem.
HOST: Dylan was surprised to learn something new at an event hosted by the Church Of Christ.
DYLAN: I think that it is a church that integrates well in today’s society; on the ecological issues, socio-economics.
HOST: Seeing the needs of residents in Paris, Church Of Christ volunteers prepared care packages, with food items and other necessities to give to those in need. Guests also listened to the words of God through an Evangelical Mission, or Bible study. Guests, like Jennifer, learned more about the Church Of Christ and its initiatives to help communities throughout the world.
JENNIFER: I am impressed by everything that you’ve done, how you can act around the world. With all the churches (chapels) that you’ve built and all the projects that you’ve accomplished, you really helped a lot of people and I think that’s really impressive.
HOST: Projects and accomplishments that Dylan also valued.
DYLAN: I think that it’s good that it’s involved not only as a religion but that there are those actions, to give not only to those who are members of the Church but to help everyone and that’s what’s beautiful.
HOST: The San Diego Police Department continues in facing a shortage of over 200 officers, with over 500 more eligible to retire in the next five years.
“Facing a shortage of over 200 officers, with over 500 more eligible to retire in the next five years,” SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
HOST: Even with these challenges, Chief of Police in San Diego, California stated that San Diego is the safest big city in the country. Something he attributes to the men and women of the San Diego Police Department and the relationship they have with the community.
“San Diego is the safest big city in the country.” Chief David Nislett, Chief of Police, San Diego Police Department. SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
SERGEANT LEM SAINSANOY (POLICE OFFICER – SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT): And people taking the time to just even go and see an officer and going an thanking them means a lot to them.
HOST: Sergeant Lem Sainsanoy, from the San Diego Police Department, is overwhelmed by the appreciation he felt from his community.
SERGEANT LEM SAINSANOY (POLICE OFFICER – SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT): Thank you for doing this because it means a lot to the San Diego Police Department.
HOST: Appreciation shown by Church Of Christ members throughout the San Diego area.
SERGEANT LEM SAINSANOY (POLICE OFFICER – SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT): That when you have a big gesture like this, it goes a long way.
[CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE BEING READ]: For your service and selflessness in keeping our community safe. From the Iglesia Ni Cristo, Church Of Christ, locale congregation of South San Diego.
SERGEANT LEM SAINSANOY (POLICE OFFICER – SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT): Oh it’s beautiful, I mean, we have a lot of officers, you know, right now on a weekend, working, away from their family and then and we get a lot of thank-yous and it makes a world of difference.
HOST: Through the INC Giving project, the global volunteering arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, or Church Of Christ, is making a difference in San Diego. Members in San Diego volunteered their time and provided resources for this event.Giving food packages, and showing their appreciation through thank you notes and certificates, making it more meaningful for police officers like Sergeant Lem.
SERGEANT LEM SAINSANOY (POLICE OFFICER – SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT): It’s something from the community. I think it’s even more valuable and it’s from the heart of the community that makes it so much more meaningful.
HOST: Further inspiring the San Diego Police Department.
SERGEANT LEM SAINSANOY (POLICE OFFICER – SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT): When they see something like this, it inspires them that they know that the community does care and that they know that the community is supporting the law enforcement officers. So thank you again.
SERGEANT LEM SAINSANOY (POLICE OFFICER – SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT): Can you imagine what this will do? It will make their year 2019. So I just want to say thank you very much for doing what you guys do.
HOST: Thank you to everyone who submitted photos of their pet family members —we always love to see all of our furry, feathered, and scaled friends!
HOST: Our Pet Corner this week is featuring Cassie, a Siamese cat who lives in Quezon City with the Francis family. He turns nine this year. He’s a low maintenance cat who likes to sleep beside his owners. He also loves to shower them with love and affection. If you have a pet family member you want us to feature, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Pet Corner.
HOST: Now it’s time for the segment where we celebrate your milestones, “Solid Through the Ages.”
HOST: The INC News World team would like to greet Natividad Lulu a happy ninety-second birthday! She says “Always attend the worship service, be prayerful, and have reverent fear of God.” If you see her in the Local Congregation of San Jose, California, don’t forget to greet her! And if you know of anyone celebrating a milestone birthday let us know at email@example.com with the subject: Solid Through the Ages.
HOST: Well that does it for us on INC News World I’m Michael Guerrero and on behalf of the entire INC News World team, thank you for joining us. Have a great weekend and God bless!