Mr. John Lorenzo Yambot has been very productive in the three years that he has been an instructor at INSTAT. He has already taught 10 different undergraduate courses, a high school statistics course at the UP Rural High School), and two national service training program (NSTP) courses. Mr. Yambot’s average rating over the most recent three academic years is the highest among the INSTAT junior faculty. He initiates and goes out of his way, spends extra hours in screening, training and reviewing UPLB contestants for the Philippine Statistics Quiz resulting in one national championship and one regional championship in 2013 and 2014. In 2013-2014, he coached and guided the INSTAT Student Team in the 1st SAS Academic and Analytics Contest in 2014 for the research paper entitled “Predicting the Currency Exchange Rate of US Dollars and Philippine Pesos Leveraging on Big Data coming from Google Trends” which garnered the first prize for the student category. As prize, he was given the opportunity to attend the SAS Global Forum in Washington, DC.
Mr. Yambot has also been actively engaged in many extension activities — as resource person in training courses offered by the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute and other government agencies, as organizer of the student faculty conference, as adviser of student organizations, among others.
Mr. Yambot is continuously exploring innovative approaches to teaching effectively. He implements positive reinforcement scheme in his class by rewarding students who excel academically. Aside from encouraging his students to do well in their studies, Mr. Yambot always tries his best to teach Statistics in a way that can be easily appreciated by his students. Delivering discussion in a lively manner and incorporating realistic and timely examples are some of his methods for students, especially in STAT1, to see the link between Statistics and their chosen fields.
Mr. Yambot has shown maturity beyond his age in ensuring that the tasks assigned to him, be it in the domain of instruction, research or administration, are done promptly to the best of his abilities. All of his accomplishments attest to his good work ethics, professionalism and outstanding performance.