In a high-power summit held last month at Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu organized by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), a non-profit organization based in California, USA, Bernadette was among those recognized.
The summit was to recognize the Filipina women who have the fire, passion, and excellence and gave inspiration to people around the world. Awardees came from the USA, Europe, and Asia.
Bernadette Mondejar-Schuelter is married to Richard Schuelter and is the daughter of power couple Jose Rene and Lucita Dublas Mondejar of JE Mondejar Foundation College in Tacloban.
In the same awards, Vice President Leni Robredo was also named by FWN as the “Most Influential Filipina of the World” for her action-oriented approach to public service and advocacy in serving the most vulnerable communities in her province and the country.
These Filipina women were recognized because they made a difference through their leadership and influence in their respective fields and communities globally creating a change in the world of Filipinas in diaspora.
”It is a great honor to be awarded and join this exceptional group of global Filipina women. The award is my motivation to continue to serve as a role model for the younger generation of Filipina movers and shakers,” said Schuelter.
Schuelter is based in Casteau, Belgium working as principal of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) American School at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Shape American School is under the Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and one of the 181 schools in 14 districts located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam and Puerto Rico.
SHAPE is the biggest of the 13 international schools in the NATO installation in Casteau, Belgium. There are 600 students enrolled in the school with students from 28 NATO member countries and 22 partnerships for peace nations.
Schlueter also served with excellence as assistant principal at CDR William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School in Guam; and worked as a teacher in Korea and Japan.
She was named as Korea District Teacher of the Year in 2012 and Awardee of the Scroll of Appreciation from US Forces Korea General Walter Sharp in 2010.
Schlueter was nominated under the Builders category by Leonor S. Vintervoll, founder of Philippine Women’s Organization Resource Center based in Oslo, Norway. Vintervoll was a Global FWN Awardee in 2015.
“Working together or collaboration is a 21st-century skill that we as a pilot school are developing in students as lifelong habits,” Schlueter said.
“I am proud of my Filipino heritage. Resilience and creativity are Filipino traits that gave me the edge to succeed in an international environment. I am completely comfortable in being uncomfortable. I look at challenges and goals as a way to grow and be better both as a person and as a professional educator,” she further said.
When not busy as an educator, Bernadette runs in marathons around the globe. This year she made it in Helsinki City; Marathon de Carcassonne France; EDP Rock & Roll Madrid, Spain; ING Night Marathon in Luxembourg, Germany, and Copenhagen Marathon.