‘Success is paying it forward’

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia

ARIS LARRODER, 37, of Jaro, Iloilo City, continues to devote his life to inspiring and helping young minds as a science teacher at the Philippine Science High School.

Originally from Lambunao, he lived in a rural area which had no electricity until the age of 24. He sold bread in a public market for six years to earn his keep.

Because of his drive to achieve his goals, he grew into a goal-oriented and hardworking person.

At the age of 18, he decided to become a teacher. He took up Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Physics at West Visayas State University.

Years after, he earned his degree as a Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education in Japan and topped his class.

As a teacher, he travels around the region to conduct skywatching activities which opened his deeper understanding of the uniqueness and diversity of science education on how it is delivered.

Defining success as the ability to reach out and influence many people, he has recently imparted science competencies to 2,700 learners.

“There is so much to be done but one needs to make even a little dent to make someone’s condition better. Our goal is to leave this world a better place than we arrive.”

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