Tracie’s long-held dream of attending college and getting a good education became a reality through support from a big-hearted benefactor. This much-needed scholarship ultimately paved the way for her to gain skills that led to Tracie securing a job at Shell. Keen to help others benefit from education, Tracie became a volunteer teacher. This out of hours work in the classroom is important for Tracie who wants to ‘pay it forward’ to inspire children to inquire and learn. It’s also helping improve the skills she applies in her job at Shell.
For as long as she can remember, Tracie Teodoro has been passionate about education. She also understood that getting a good education and becoming a university graduate, was an expensive exercise: a luxury out of the reach of some people in the Philippines. Sadly, her hopes to enter college became uncertain with the passing away of her father, the family breadwinner, the year before she might have started her tertiary education.
“The thought of not being able to go to college was just unimaginable. Thankfully, there was someone who took a leap of faith in my capability to make the most of my degree. Without the support of that scholarship, I wouldn’t know where my mom and I would get the funding for my degree,” Tracie said.
This support not only changed Tracie’s life, it’s had a flow on effect that’s benefitted many others.
“When I finished at college, I was determined to ‘pay it forward’,” she said.
“I wanted to do this for two really good reasons. One: for the people who believed in me and invested in my education. Two: for children who, like me, needed someone big-hearted enough to fuel the leaps and bounds they could take with a quality education.”
So Tracie, who is a Recruitment Advisor for Shell Business Operations in Manila Philippines, started volunteering as a teacher at Angels Here Abound Learning Centre (A-HA ). A-HA is a non-profit, non-government organisation providing free tutorial services to underprivileged public school children through its Centre in Makati City, Metro Manila.