- English teacher Roselyn Barcoma recently went viral after drawing portraits of each one of her 27 grade nine students,GMA News reported.
- Barcoma gave her students the sketches as Christmas gifts to inspire them to study harder.
- The teacher started drawing the portraits last year on December 1 and completed the final one on Sunday.
- After Barcoma shared photos of her sketches on Facebook, they were featured in social media posts by Philippines-based publications like GMA News and Rappler on Monday.
- Online, people called Barcoma inspirational and said they were touched by her passion and thoughtfulness.
Roselyn Barcoma teaches English to students in grades six, nine, and 10 at the Holy Redeemer School of Cabuyao in Laguna, Philippines.
The junior high school teacher recently went viral after she surprised some of her students with a particularly unique Christmas gift, GMA News reported.
Barcoma spent over a month sketching portraits for each one of the 27 students in her grade nine class. After she finished the project on Sunday, she shared photos of all her drawings on Facebook.
“I sketched the whole class,” the teacher captioned her post. “Not an easy task, but I’m glad I made it.”
Barcoma’s portraits have been shared thousands of times online
Online, people called Barcoma inspirational and said they were touched by her passion and thoughtfulness.
“The kind of teacher we need for this generation and beyond!” one Facebook user commented on Rappler’s Facebook post. “Wonderful class act. Truly [you] would inspire a class of believers and doers by this!”
“A genuine love [for] her students and her profession,” another person wrote.
A self-taught artist, she hand-drew each portrait
Speaking to INSIDER, Barcoma said she used pencils, charcoal powder, charcoal pencil, and drawing paper to create each sketch.
The teacher started her project last year on December 1 and completed many of her drawings over the holidays.
Barcoma, who has been teaching professionally for 16 years, called drawing more of a “hobby” – but it’s one she’s been doing since she was a kid.
“I get to [draw] in my free time, and it serves as a stress reliever,” she said.
The teacher never had any formal training, so she learned how to draw and improve her skills by reading posts by professional artists online and in an art group called Guhit Pinas. She also watches videos by artists on YouTube and Facebook.
Barcoma said her students were speechless when they first saw her sketches
The teacher distributed her portraits as Christmas gifts on the first day her students returned to school after the holiday break.
Barcoma surprised her students by asking them to leave the classroom while she placed the portrait of each student on that person’s desk.
When she asked her students to come back into the classroom, they were speechless at first, the teacher said.
Amazed, her students then said, “Wow,” and thanked her for the sketches, which they really liked.
Barcoma said she thinks her portraits will inspire her students to study harder.
The teacher also said her students view her “as a strict adviser,” but she hopes that every time they look at their sketches, they will “smile and remember” her.
“Being a teacher can be tiring, with all the workloads and expectations,” Barcoma said. “But what I love about it is I can inspire young minds. When students grow up, they still remember [their] teachers.”
She continued: “I have former students who are now professionals and I know I had been a part of their life journey.”
To see all 27 of Barcoma’s portraits of her students, and more of her drawings, head to her Instagram here.
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