Who will be the next UPIS Principal?
Tonio Ocampo (02.07.2008)

Four candidates have been nominated to be Principal of the the UP Integrated School. They are Dr. Glecy Atienza from the College of Arts and Letters, Dr. Virgilio Manzano from the College of Education, Dr. Jaime Veneracion from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and Dr. Aurora Zuniga from UPIS. This time, the UPIS faculty agreed that they can nominate persons outside of the usual sources - UPIS and the College of Education (UPIS' mother unit).

Dr. Glecy Cruz-Atienza currently teaches at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature at the College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman. She is also a Senior Artist-Teacher for PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association).  She was once a visiting lecturer at the Philippine High School for the Arts and a lecturer at St. Scholastica's College, Manila. She earned her PhD and MA in Philippine Literature, and her Bachelor's degree (BA) in Philippine Studies form UP Diliman. She was also a product of UPIS (Batch '78).

Dr. Atienza served as chair of the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature for 3 years. She also served as Research Director of PETA and as Coordinator of the of PETA's School-based Program - PETA Metropolitan Teen Theater League. She also served as Artistic Consultant of the Living Faith Formation in Ermita Manila. She has presented papers in conferences in Indonesia and Korea.

Dr. Virgilio U. Manzano currently teaches curriculum studies at the Division of Curriculum and Instruction of the College of Education, UP Diliman. He is also an affiliate faculty of the UP Center for International Studies and the UP Open Univerity. Prior to this, he was a faculty of the Pangasinan State University College of Education (10 years) and then as Education Faculty of Hiroshima University (12 years). He started teaching at the Division of Pangasinan as an elementary and high school science teacher. He earned his masteral and doctoral degrees in Education, major in curriculum studies - science education at Hiroshima University, and his bachelor degrees (BSE and BEEd major in Physics) at the Pangasinan State University.

Dr. Manzano served as UNESCO-Chair for the Scientific Literacy Training Program at Hiroshima University. He also served as Student Adviser of the Japan Information and Culutral Center of the Japanese Embassy here in Manila and as Training Adviser of the Japan Foundation Manila Office. He was also an Adviser of the Hiroshima University UNESCO-APEID Associated Center for UNESCO and Coordinator of the Associated Schools Project of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines.

Dr. Jaime Balcos Veneracion currently teaches at the Department of History at the College of Social Sciences and Philiosoph, UP Diliman. He earned his PhD in Philippine Studies and his MA and Bachelor's degree (BA) in History from UP Diliman. He was a Fellow at the El Colegio de Mexico under its Institute of South East Asia Studies and a Fullbright Senior Fellow at the California State University at Hayward.

Dr. Veneracion served as chair of the Department of History for 2 years. He also served as chairman of U.P. Lupon Sentenaryo (system-wide), He was also the President of ADHIKA ng Pilipinas, Inc (association of History teachers) and SAMPAKA (Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulakan). He was editor of the Diliman Review and the Founding Editor, of Anuaryo/Annales (the journal of the History Department of DLSU). He won the NAST Best Book Award in 2004 for his book "Philippine Agriculture During the Spanish Regime."

Dr. Aurora Cruz-Zuniga currently teaches Mathematics at the Elementary as well as Research and Evaluation courses at the UP College of Education (as Lecturer). She earned her PhD in Educational Research and Evaluation at the UP College of Education, her MA in Teaching in Elementary Mathematics also at the UP College of Education and her Bachelor's degree (BS) in Elementary Education at Philippine Normal University where she graduated Cum Laude.

Dr. Zuniga used to be UPIS' Assistant Principal for Administration during the principalship of Dr. Julian Abuso. She has served as Head of the UPIS Mathematics Department on several occasions and was a Research Associate for the Office of the Director of Instruction which is under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (UP Diliman). She has also served (and is still serving concurrently) as School Supervisor of the PAUW-UP Child Care Center.

The search process started earlier this time since the current Principal, Dr. Leonila Tee Reyes, whose term ends on May 31, 2008, has requested the College of Education Dean, Dr. Vivien Talisayon, to form a search committee this early for a smoother transition since she (Dr. Reyes) is not seeking to be reappointed. The search committee appointed by the Dean has for its members Drs. Celina Balonso, Rosenelia Yangco, and Lourdes Baetiong (all faculty of the College of Education and all previous faculty members of the UPIS).

The UPIS Principal is appointed by the UP Diliman Chancellor based on the recommendations of the Dean of the College Education. The Principal has a 3-year term, after which, s/he may be reappointed or return to teaching. Dr. Reyes plans to lie low and return to teaching.

UPIS' (UP's for that matter) academic leadership positions are different from the Public School System. In the Public School System, "Principal" is a rank - you either get promoted to the District Office or get shuffled around to be Principal somewhere else. Another difference is that a public school principal does not teach whereas in UPIS, the Principal has to teach at least one subject.


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