BROTHER Alexander Ervin Diaz, FSC, class adviser, moderator, promoter and director, has been named principal of La Salle Green Hills (LSGH) Integrated School.
As part of the program of the De La Salle Brothers, Br. Edmundo Fernandez, FSC, LSGH president, said in an email that they have been trying to prepare and train young Brothers to be ready for major leadership roles.
Diaz is young and open to new ideas, Fernandez said. He listens to those around him and to those who offer advice.
“His youthfulness also allows him to understand the young of today and will therefore be an asset as we accompany the young that have been entrusted to us,” noted Fernandez.
“I expect him to find creative and flexible solutions to the challenges presented by this pandemic,” Fernandez added.
Diaz in an email noted the changes happening: integrating the departments, shifting to trimestral system, going coeducation and implementation of distance learning.
“The changes are somewhat overwhelming at the same time as we strive to do very well this coming school year,” said Diaz, who joined the De La Salle Brothers in 2005 and professed his perpetual vows in 2015.
Diaz is an alumnus of the University of St. La Salle, with an undergraduate degree in management accounting. He earned his units in theology at the Loyola School of Theology and completed his Master of Arts in education major in educational leadership and management at the De La Salle University.
An active board and committee member of several La Salle schools, he has served as executive assistant to the LSGH president. He was also the sector bursar and chief operating officer of the De La Salle Philippines’ Central House Administration, and postulancy director of LSGH’s Lasallian Formation Center.
Most of the administrators felt lost on how to tread the “new normal,” he said. With the directions from the president, and guided by the advice and support of the board, Diaz will gradually put things together by coordinating online meetings with the administrators.
While no one is prepared for the coronavirus pandemic, “how we tread it amidst the uncertainties is what we can really prepare for,” Diaz said.
Besides stability, Diaz noted the need to put direction as well as to regain some sense of normalcy to the lives of their students. He also said the mission of education should continue and must never be compromised.
“Going online, before everyone else embraced it fully, was the way to go,” he added.
He stressed that school closures will not stop them from delivering quality education to their students. “This instead allowed us to be more innovative by ensuring we make learning accessible to every student,” he said.
According to Diaz, educators must be flexible, promote values-based education, technological, and collaborate with stakeholders, while living out the values of forbearance, loyalty, empathy, trust, consideration and hope on a regular basis.
For this school year, Diaz will continue to promote Lasallian education grounded on the values of faith, service and communion, aimed at the holistic development of the learner by providing a safe and supported environment despite going online.
He said the flexible Lasallian education through technology and collaboration at home (FLETCH) is not just a program but a direction where education can be meaningful, collaborative, values-based, supported and safe.
“Like the fletches of an arrow, stability is assured,” he said.
When LSGH initially announced its direction to go online early on, the reactions from stakeholders were mixed, generally toward being unsure and unconvinced of this new modality.
“We were flooded with questions, but this was understandable precisely because it was new,” Diaz explained.
FLETCH provided the framework on how the new modality will be executed, he added. It was eventually developed from the feedback received from stakeholders and the hard work of teachers and administrators.
As they aim to deliver quality online education, Diaz said the FLETCH Preview or the online simulation of classes was launched to understand the learning experience of students, teachers and parents.
He said FLETCH Preview allowed them to identify and address gaps as well as anticipate and work on the challenges prior to the actual start of classes.
“It also helped in overcoming the stresses, building the confidence needed by the teachers, and easing the apprehensions of the parents,” he added.
By utilizing technologies available today, FLETCH Preview proved that online modality can and will work with substantial preparation, training and support, Diaz said.