Mary Jean S. Paraiso
Secondary School Teacher, Environmentalist
Location: Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, Philippines
Background: She is called "Nanay Jean" among her family members, friends and co-workers. As one of the advisers of the PMF volunteers of Bukidnon State University, she has always been known for her being kind and soft-spoken. She is an inspiration for being a wonderful homemaker. She is married to "Tatay Rhondell" Melendez Paraiso, a PMF Angel and mission team leader of the PMF Northern Mindanao. Their sons, Pryncz Leinor and Llyd Naej'ram, are both PMF volunteers. She is a high school teacher of Bukidnon National High School (BNHS) of the Department of Education (DepEd). She is the adviser of Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O). Together with the BNHS YES-O volunteers, she has been the active partner of the BukSU PMF volunteers in their greening mission, TED TREES PROJECT. Since 2015, she serves as the assistant mission lead and planning officer of Project Michelangelo Foundation Northern Mindanao Team.
Specialty: Teaches Physics and Earth Science, youth empowerment and mobilization, community organizing, campus emergency first response and youth counseling.
Philosophy in life: "Do not underestimate a moment of your kindness. It has the power to change lives in ways you may never know."