by Mrs. Jane Diaz
Queena started to love reading books when she was young. Among them are Nancy Drew series, works by Enid Blyton, Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. She also enjoyed reading about scientiests like Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. As she got older, she started reading the theories of these scientists on her own. She started working as a teacher at the Ateneo University. To improve her craft, Queena took psychology courses, obtaining a doctorate degree and teaching psychology classes as well. She also became a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, where her column “Eureka!” is printed.
Her greatest recognition came in 2003, when she received the Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Award in the Tertiary Level.
Shortly after giving birth to her only child, Scott, she came out with a collection of inspirational stories entitled “A Book of Blessings” and published a number of books. Queena’s writing skills proved true when she received her first National Book Award in 1998 in the Sciences category for “Straight Talk on Everyday Mysteries,” a compilation of questions and answers on math, science, history, poetry, and geography. She received another National Book Award in 2003, this time in the Anthology category, for “Cogito Ergo Sum and Other Musings on Science,” which includes “Cogito Ergo Sum, or What I Know for Sure I Learned from Mathematics,” the piece that won her the first prize in the Essay category of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2001. She recently launched her new book entitled Learning: What Parents, Students, and Teachers Should Know.”
Aside from these awards, Queena was also one of the Ten Outstanding Young Filipinos (TOYF) in 1997, one of the NAST Outstanding Young Scientists in 2002 and one of the “50 Men and Women of Science” awardees of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2008.
Queena is like any of us, and yet she stands out because she knows how to follow her passion.
Visit the GS and HS LRC to read her books and experience her passion for learning.