Marife Tagaban has been working at Carl Hayden for the past six years as the Geometry 1 Honors teacher. She used to teach only Geometry until she was changed to Honors which has been her “best moment” so far.
Like every other person working a job, there is always an upside to it. The worst part for Tagaban would be when “kids have no basic skills in math.” But of course, there’s always a good part to it. “My colleagues, they are great support. And the administration,” she said.
Tagaban was born in the Philippines, one place where she has traveled. She has a Visa so she is temporarily working in the United States. For those who don’t know what a Visa is, it’s a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country. She’s been working hard to become a full American citizen ever since.
When she isn’t working, Tagaban likes to play guitar. Not many people know that about her. Another thing is she likes to sing.
In her family, she is married with two daughters. Her husband is a civil engineer. One daughter is a senior at Bioscience High School, while the other is in college majoring in nursing.
Tagaban loves working at Carl Hayden. She’s been enjoying it here for the past six years. Her advice, well, it is simple. “Always do your best,” she said.
By Lilibeth Olivares and Briana Gatica