José Rizal University is home to top-notch faculty who are movers and shakers in their respective fields. They are the foundation upon which academic excellence is built and are mentors that help mold well-rounded Rizalian achievers. This year, Rufo Duque De Leon, one of our instructors in secondary level has brought honor to the University by being the first member of the JRU faculty roster awarded a fellowship for the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). The ILEP program provides teachers the opportunity to audit classes and participate in a customized education course at a U.S. university as well as participate in a field experience at a U.S. secondary school.
The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State; implemented by IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board), a Washington, DC based non-profit organization; and administered by the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) within the Philippines. (http://www.fulbright.org.ph/)
De Leon is an English teacher in the JRU High School Division. He has consistently exemplified mastery of his craft both in and out of the classroom and is a source of inspiration for his peers and his students because of his work ethic and dedication. This is primarily why it is no surprise that he was handpicked among 75 mentors from across the globe for this rare honor. De Leon is the sole entrant from the Philippines.
The semester long program will include university classes and seminars, participation in a variety of cultural and community activities, meaningful engagement with outstanding educators from around the world. This provides a venue to share and discuss teaching best practices with colleagues and observe and teach in the U.S.
De Leon is set to leave for the U.S. on January and will stay there until the program concludes on May 16, 2013. It is his hope that his participation brings a global perspective to U.S. classrooms and will be the basis for long term collaboration between JRU and U.S. schools.