Jessie Valerio joined the staff of the Cut Bank Schools this fall. A native of the Philippines, Jessie teaches physical education at the district’s two elementary schools.

Schools in small communities are like families. They are a close-knit little community of educators all working towards the betterment of their students.  That was indeed how it felt for Philippine native, Jessie Valerio when he started his new job as the elementary physical education teacher in the Cut Bank School system just a few months ago.

“I am very comfortable and certain that I am part of this family,” he said after only a short time in Cut Bank. “I am so blessed to live and work in Cut Bank.”

Jessie was born and raised in Paranaque City located in metro Manila in the Philippines. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Philippine Normal University Manila in 2012. Following his graduation, he passed the exam and became a professional teacher in the Philippines. While teaching here, he is working on his master’s degree in Physical Education in Western Colleges Inc., Philippines.

For Jessie, there was never another choice other than to become a teacher.

“I come from a family of teachers. Most of my relatives worked in the field of education in the past and I was inspired by their hard work and commitment,” he said. “Looking up to their achievements helped me a lot to be an educator…”

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