Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the brightest star of them all?

Published March 8, 2021, 10:54 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Teachers from Navotas City and Gingoog City have been named as winners of the 2020 Search for the Brightest Science Teacher Academy for the Regions (STAR) by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).


DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña has announced that Don King O. Evangelista of Navotas National High School and Janice M. Baldelovar of Don Restituto Central School were the latest recipients of the DOST-SEI awards.

Evangelista was named as the Brightest STAR for Science, while Baldelovar was the awardee of the Brightest STAR for Mathematics, he said.

“Mr. Evangelista and Ms. Baldelovar are teachers who fearlessly accepted the challenges of learning new and innovative teaching strategies and incorporating those into their instructions,” De la Peña noted in his report.

“They are innovation leaders, mentors, and role-models who have exhibited willingness to share what they’ve learned to support and help other science and mathematics teachers in their schools, divisions, and even across regions who shared the same passion and vision for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) education,” he added.

The virtual awarding was held on March 3.

De la Peña said the Search for the Brightest STAR aims to recognize exemplary science and mathematics teachers who have been applying their acquired learnings in STAR training into their teaching practice.

“All nominees were evaluated based on the following qualifications: adopted into their teaching practice the skills and knowledge gained from STAR training; developed innovative teaching materials used in their classrooms and by other teachers; served as an example of an effective teacher; accomplished teachers recognized and acknowledged by the community and are positive influences on their peers and the rest of the community,” he said.