Skip to main content »

Teenage Parents Overcome Challenges to Become Licensed Teachers

Teenage parents Irish and Michael overcome challenges to become Licensed Professional Teachers. Their story is an inspiration to all.

 |  3 min read

Irish Buton and Michael Santos are teenage parents who have achieved their dreams of becoming teachers.

Irish Buton and Michael Santos, both 23 years old and residents of Paracelis, Mountain Province, have recently passed the March 2023 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). Their story is an inspiration to all teenage parents who are struggling to achieve their dreams.

Early Challenges

Irish and Michael were both 18 years old and in 12th grade when they got pregnant. They faced many challenges as teenage parents, but they never gave up on their dreams of finishing their education.

Even at 18 years old, Irish was already carrying an 8-month-old baby bump when she graduated from senior high school with high honors.

Two months after their daughter was born, they took up Bachelor of Elementary Education from the Ifugao State University - Potia Campus and received their diploma in August 2022 with Irish receiving Academic Achievers Award.

They passed the LET in March 2023, and their story is an inspiration to other teenage parents who are struggling to achieve their dreams.

The Pressure of the LET

The pressure and stress of preparing for the LET was a challenge, but Irish and Michael were able to manage it because they had each other. They rented a room in Tabuk City, Kalinga, so that they could focus on their studies. They supported each other through the long hours of studying, and they were motivated by the thought of providing a better future for their daughter.

"It was good to have a partner to review with. Since we both had determination, we decided to review together. It's helpful to have someone to lean on, especially when studying is stressful," Irish shared.

Inspiration and Advice

Irish says that what inspired them to even strive harder in the exam was to prove they can still achieve their dreams even they started their family earlier.

"Naging phobia na sa amin yung i-judge kami noon na maagang nagkapamilya kaya ngayon pinapatunayan namin na hindi hadlang ang pagkakaroon ng pamilya kung may determinasyon ka," she conveyed.

With her experience, Irish wants to tell teenage moms and dads not to forget their education as they take care of their family saying, "kahit nadapa, kaylangan bumangon para sa pamilya. Priority ang pamilya pero priority din ang education. Hindi lang future mo ang isipin mo kundi future din ng mga anak niyo."

She acknowledged it is challenging to juggle school and family but having a degree provides better opportunities in the future.

"Mahirap man pagsabayin ang pamilya at pag aaral pero dapat kayanin. If you have willingness to sacrifice and determination, matutupad niyo ang mga plano at pangarap niyo," she asserted.

Teenage parents Irish Buton and Michael Santos passed the LET in 2023, proving that anything is possible with determination and hard work.

Aspiring Teachers

Now that they are a Licensed Professional Teachers, Irish and Michael's next plan is to get married. They are also excited to start their careers as teachers and to inspire other teenage parents to never give up on their dreams.


Irish and Michael's story is an inspiration to all teenage parents who are struggling to achieve their dreams. It shows that with determination and hard work, anything is possible. If you are a teenage parent who is thinking about giving up on your education, I urge you to reconsider. Irish and Michael are proof that you can still achieve your dreams, even if you have a family.

Please share Irish and Michael's story with other teenage parents who are struggling to achieve their dreams. Let them know that they are not alone, and that it is possible to overcome the challenges of being a teenage parent and still achieve their goals.

Together, let's help spread the message that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

Sharing is caring, kailian!

We do hope you find something great in this story. If you find this helpful, please do share it with the people you care about.

Igorotage is a platform for people to share their thoughts and ideas. The views expressed on Igorotage are the opinions of the individual users, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Igorotage.


Sign in to share your thoughts. No account yet?

What to learn next?

You might also like to read more related articles filed under People — or jump to a random article!

People Surprise me

Karl Marx Dumayas: Igorot Graduates Cum Laude from UP Los Banos

Karl Marx Dumayas, a proud Igorot from Apayao, graduated Cum Laude with flying colors from UP Los Banos. Discover his inspiring journey.

Sep 20 · 3 min read

Cordillera Administrative Region: A Cultural and Natural Marvel

Explore the Cordillera Administrative Region's breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and rich heritage.

Sep 16 · 22 min read

'Eskwelaan' Singer Jason Blaza Lost in Tragic Road Accident

"Eskwelaan" singer Jhay Blaza, a 42-year-old band vocalist from Kalinga, passed away after succumbing to injuries sustained in a road accident.

Sep 14 · 2 min read

Baguio City's Barrel Man: Unveiling the Iconic Filipino Souvenir

Explore the history, culture, and significance of Barrel Man in Baguio City. Learn about its unique design and preservation efforts.

Sep 4 · 13 min read

65-Year-Old Nurse Lola Veronica: Baguio's First Female Taxi Driver

The inspiring story of Lola Veronica, the 65-year-old nurse breaking barriers as Baguio City's first female taxi driver.

Sep 1 · 2 min read

Maricris Lad-ey-Neyney: Igorot Mom Tops 3 Board Exams

Maricris Lad-ey-Neyney, an Igorot mom from Benguet province, has topped three board exams and is now a licensed psychologist.

Aug 19 · 2 min read

Cordilleran Captain awarded Gold Cross Medal for neutralizing BIFF leader Motorola

Cordilleran Captain Ignacio Gumilab Jr. was awarded the Gold Cross Medal for his role in the neutralization of Zukarno Guilil, also known as Motorola.

Aug 15 · 2 min read

Sergeant Sessy Lou Bucalen-Salazar: Cordilleran Soldier Makes History at WCOPA

Sergeant Sessy Lou Bucalen-Salazar from Kalinga made history by becoming the first Cordilleran to win three medals at the 2023 WCOPA.

Aug 5 · 2 min read

Teacher's Kindness Transforms Student's Life, From Financial Hardship to Becoming a Doctor

A young boy from Benguet couldn't pay the miscellaneous fees to take his final exams. But one teacher's act of kindness changed his life forever.

Aug 2 · 2 min read

Igorot Math Genius: Tristan Sannad Chatoy Ranks No. 1 in Canada

Tristan Sannad Chatoy, a Genius Igorot, ranks number one in math in Canada. He is also a member of the prestigious Canadian Mathematical Society.

Aug 1 · 2 min read