Mr. William S. Irey's Cooking Apparatus (left) and Magalang District teaching force (1939-1940)

Did you know that our ancestor's first teachers are their respective mothers? They teached them on how to read and do household chores...But in turn of the century, Spanish friars teached us on how to pray and observe religious norms..But until 1863 when it was promulgated the Education Degree which providing free education. According to Anuario del Comercio published in 1894 and 1896, Magalang, has first teachers or so called maestros and maestras during Spanish period like Serapion Carreon, Paula Rodriguez and Candida Ordoñez educated some Magaleños in their time. Until the revolution broke, the operation of the schools were halted. Until 1899, American soldiers started teaching basic English classes in Magalang. Until the Thomasites took over their operations in 1901. Mr. William S. Irey; a Thomasite was deployed in Magalang in 1901. Mr. William Silas Irey was born in Marsh, West Chester, Pennsylvania. He finished his education in West Chester State Normal School (now West Chester University) and he took teaching experience in the United States for thirteen years. he founded the oldest elementary school, Magalang Elementary School in the same year. In 1902; he was replaced by another Thomasite, Mr. John W. Osborn; whom later appointed as first principal of Pampanga High School in 1908. In 1906, the Mabalacat-Magalang District was created; placing all the schools in Magalang and Mabalacat under a supervising teacher or known today is the district supervisor, based in Mabalacat Elementary School. In the same year also that Magalang Elementary School was under a Filipino principal for the first time; the maestro Mr. Serapion Carreon was appointed first Filipino principal. Until 1912, the Magalang District was formally separated from Mabalacat District. Since then, some barrio schools gradually created in Magalang who become the catalyst to mold the minds, hearts and the future of young Magaleños. Until 2011 when Magalang District was divided into two districts, Magalang South District and Magalang North District. The enduring legacy makes the Magalang South and North District schools system as one of the best performing school districts of Division of Pampanga at present.

Photo Credits:
Cooking Apparatus by William S. Irey
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1911
Obtained from: https://www.google.com/patents/US1007700
Magalang District teaching force: Mr. Ignacio P. Morales

1 comment:

  1. I inviting all Magaleños out there to learn and connect our past by reading and browsing the blog.