MMSU STALLIONS are truly world-class.

Winicel May Ancheta, an MMSU alumna, was recognized recently by the U.S State Department for her exceptional contributions to the academe and local community.

Ancheta obtained her degrees in B Secondary Education in 2009 and Master of Arts in Education major in Language and Literature in 2015 at MMSU. She is currently teaching at Skyline College in California as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA). She is also taking up PhD in Development Education at Divine Word College of Laoag.

During the FLTA mid-year conference held Dec. 7-11 in Washington, D.C., Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Undersecretary Steven Goldstein commended Ancheta for bringing innovative ways above and beyond regular classroom responsibilities.

“Winicel is a Filipina FLTA teaching at Skyline College in California who has been actively engaged in her local community. She has conducted a cultural dance workshop, participated in a Filipino history month celebration, and is writing a script for a play on Filipino culture. Winicel, all your efforts are appreciated. Great work,” Goldstein remarked.

“I feel deeply honored and thankful to be acknowledged by the US State Department. Being an FLTA requires a dose of patience, perseverance, optimism, courage, strength, and faith, so you can manage to stand with pride no matter how challenging the responsibilities are,” Ancheta enthused.

“I am inspired and motivated to continue promoting the beauty and uniqueness of Filipino culture through my participation and involvement in school and community events,” she added.

Ancheta, a native of Laoag City, is a teacher at the Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades since 2010.

The Fulbright Program aims to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic exchange. It also builds knowledge and promotes cooperation to address shared challenges and create more peaceful and prosperous societies.

This year, there are 400 FLTAs from over 50 countries across the globe.