MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEAD
Dear Partners in Education,
It is with joy that I welcome you to Studentdesk Integrated Montessori School’s website. Through this platform, you will learn about our school’s history, philosophy, curriculum, culture, and practices that shape our progressive and holistic approach to education.
At SDIMS, we recognize children as curious and active learners with unlimited potential. We believe that they are a gift from God and that it is our prime duty as educators to help them attain their purpose in life.
Over the years, one of the fundamental lessons we learned about working with children is to be a good listener. We put emphasis on the pedagogy of listening which entails that we must pay very close attention to children’s opinions and ideas. Our teachers and staff are trained to keenly listen to our students’ thoughts, questions, theories, and hypotheses. This does not only allow our students to be creative thinkers, it also develops their initiative which in turn develops also their self-concept. We believe that when we allow children to express their minds, they can transform the classroom into a more enjoyable environment.
If you happen to visit our school, I hope that you would feel how much we embrace and celebrate the dynamic role of establishing and sustaining a culture of cooperation in and out of our classrooms. We believe that holistic education is impossible without putting a premium on the value of harmonious relationship within and amongst our students, teachers, staffs, and parents.
Parents play a pivotal advisory role in the administration of our school and they actively participate in school activities, special events, and celebrations. We also take efforts in equipping them through our parent education program which aims to improve parents’ knowledge about parenting-related concerns and strengthen their ability to manage specific challenges they encounter.
THE EXECUTIVE HEAD
Our Executive Head, Mr. Emerson Fababaer is a visionary educator, researcher, and entrepreneur. He has more than a decade of research experience which he combines with the art and science of educating young and adult learners. He earned his Master's Degree in Education major in Child Development and Education from the University of Asia and the Pacific under Merit Scholarship and has completed several training programs on early childhood education from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Applied Statistics from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) where he was awarded Notable Alumni in 2019.
In 2021, he was chosen as one of the delegates to the 2021 HPAIR Harvard Conference, “Embracing Change” where he had the opportunity to learn from renowned world leaders and to broaden his perspectives on important economic, governance, geopolitical, and social issues facing the Asia-Pacific region. He was also selected as one of the volunteers for the eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN (EYAA) Program initiative of the ASEAN Foundation and Maybank Foundation – a program grounded within the development paradigm and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprints, and the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth in the formulation of its strategies and activities.
He used to work at the graduate school of La Consolacion University Philippines where he designed and taught graduate-level courses on early childhood education, child development, philosophy, educational research, among others. He is a Co-founder at Child Champion Consulting, a social enterprise on a mission of championing children by providing various forms of support and services to the adults that work with them. He has also been active in writing educational research materials; some of which had been published in local publications and presented at several local and international conferences. He has delivered numerous educational talks and workshops for various organizations such as the Department of Education, the Early Child Care & Development (ECCD) Council, Abiva Publishing, among others.