Teacher draws 226 portraits for each of his students

Teacher celebrates success, draws 226 portraits for each of his students

/ 11:02 AM December 28, 2023

Secondary teacher John Rommel Leoncito, 24, draws 226 portraits for his students. Photos courtesy of John Leoncito

Teacher John Rommel Leoncito, 24, draws 226 portraits for his students. Photos courtesy of John Rommel Leoncito

A 24-year-old teacher at the Sorsogon State University celebrated his success in passing the March 2023 Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers by creating 226 portraits for his 226 students. 

John Rommel Leoncito from Santa Magdalena, Sorsogon, told the Inquirer that he made an “oath” to God and himself to create portraits of the first batch of students he would teach. 


“I was going to choose just one class section so it would not be too difficult, but all the students in the four sections I handle are close to me, so I just decided to draw them all. Also, I want to share my talent with my students so that somehow I can combine teaching and being an artist while making a positive impact in their lives,” Leoncito said. 


Leoncito spent about eight days drawing all the portraits for his students. He revealed that it was challenging because he had to juggle his time in drawing and working, especially since it was his students’ finals season.

Passion for arts and teaching

Leoncito has always been passionate about arts and teaching. He was a regular candidate for district to national-level art competitions during elementary and high school. Many had recognized his art talent and encouraged him to take up fine arts or architecture for college.

However, he admitted that people have been “shocked and disappointed” when he chose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in secondary education instead. Teaching was his dream, and no one could stop him from pursuing it. 

“I believe that teaching is the best platform for me to influence young people and become one who will shape their characters and dreams just as I was shaped and supported by the people behind my successes,” Leoncito explained. 

Leoncito added that he showcases and incorporates his artistry with his teaching methods to inspire students. He achieved both of his passions thanks to the opportunities given to him by his alma mater


“I am very grateful to my beloved alma mater, Sorsogon State University, for accepting me and giving me opportunities to continue my dream of leaving a positive impact not only on my students but also on my beloved University with my skills and talent while supporting my family,” Leoncito expressed. 


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