Meet the Man at the Helm
DIGOS CITY – Digos City Schools Division is under new leadership as Dr. Winnie E. Batoon takes the helm of the Office the Schools Division Superintendent. Sir Winnie, as colleagues at the Department of Education calls him, hails from Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte. He began his career at DepEd in 1996, initially starting off as Teacher I at SantoTomas National High School.
Sir Winnie literally “rose from the ranks” as the next ten years of his stint at DepEd was spent at Santo Tomas National High School as a Mathematics classroom teacher. He was promoted to Teacher III in 2001, and Master Teacher I in 2006.
He considers as the turning point in his career his scholarship grant in Japan in October 2002 to March 2004 as a Monbukagakusho scholar. After his return from Japan, his career went a steady ascent as he passed the NQESH and became a school head of La Libertad National High School, Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte in 2006, an Education Program Supervisor for Mathematics in 2009, and eventually designated as OIC – Assistant Schools Division Superintendent in Davao del Norte in 2013, prior to his transfer to Digos City. He was officially installed as Digos City Division Officer-In-Charge – Office of the Schools Division Superintendent last July 25, 2017.
Presently, Sir Winnie is working on normalizing the operations at the Digos City Division as the office has been without a superintendent for a month. He is still getting the feel of his new assignment and familiarizing the conditions on the field as the new superintendent, as well as, gathering data to get a better picture of the division.
Sir Winnie considers his leadership style as democratic and underscores transparency, fairness and integrity as essential parts of his work ethic. His goal is to strengthen instructional leadership in schools and expects teachers to focus on teaching the children as this is their mandate. From school heads, he expects them to act as pillars of the schools and to serve with integrity. From non-teaching personnel, Sir Winnie demands unparalleled commitment to public service and a nurturing and helping attitude.
Born to parents who are rice farmers who raised a big brood of nine children, he considers his humble beginnings as the strongest influence in his life in developing the values of hard work and diligence. He originally planned to enroll in civil engineering after finishing high school but opted instead to take up education as the additional year in engineering will entail financial burden on the family.
In his personal life, Sir Winnie is a loving husband to Mrs. Grace P. Batoon, a public school teacher at Santo Tomas National High School. They are blessed with five children.