PRINCIPAL – MR CHUA CHOR HUAT
Chor Huat taught Mathematics at Raffles Junior College and was Vice-Principal at Yishun Junior College, before his last appointment as Principal of Ngee Ann Secondary. He has also held key appointments during his stints with the head office of the education ministry, namely the Planning and Schools Divisions respectively.
In 1992, Chor Huat was awarded with first class honours in Mathematics from the National University of Singapore. The following year, he went on to obtain his Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Credit from Nanyang Technological University. Chor Huat was an MOE undergraduate scholar, and was subsequently awarded an MOE postgraduate scholarship to do his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Massachusetts.
Chor Huat is also actively involved with the larger community and is a member of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC).
VICE-PRINCIPAL – MRS CHEW WAI LEE
An English and Physical Education teacher by training, Wai Lee worked in Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) for 26 years. She holds a BA with a postgraduate Diploma in Education as well as a MA in Applied Linguistics.
Her previous appointments as Senior Teacher, English and Director, Pupil Development have provided her with not just classroom experience but opportunities for conducting teacher workshops and writing and presenting papers at conferences such as the RELC as well as ASCD conferences.
Besides curriculum development, Wai Lee has deep interest in the study of social emotional learning and leadership development.
VICE-PRINCIPAL (ADMIN) – MR VINCENT TAN BOON TIONG
Vincent graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Management. His interest in science and technology is a key factor in his pursuit of engineering and the motivation for his current role at SST as VP(Admin).
Prior to joining SST, he held various management appointments in the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, DHL Express and Singapore Post. His experience puts him in good stead to lead the administrative arm, which is an essential pillar in driving SST’s strategic plan of delivering a holistic education.
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
HOD, SPORTS AND WELLNESS – MR LAM HIN CHEW
Hin Chew has been in the education service since 1990, and his teaching experiences span across both primary and secondary schools (Poi Ching School and Tampines Secondary School). During his stints with the MOE head office, he was involved in curriculum development work with the Physical Education Unit.
Yearning to further develop and challenge himself beyond school settings, Hin Chew resigned from the teaching service and translated his interest in outdoor education into a business venture. The experience had enhanced both his personal and professional growth and development. It has also deeply enriched his perspectives and outlook on life. Between 1997 and 1999, Hin Chew also worked as an outdoor education facilitator in the private sector.
Hin Chew aims to make education experiential, fun and memorable. His current focus in education is to develop future SST students into healthy, caring and responsible citizens.
HEAD, SPECIAL PROJECTS – MS LOH KWAI YIN
In her 18 years in the education service, Kwai Yin has taught Mathematics, Computer Applications and Elements of Office Administration. She was responsible for setting up the Commerce department in the school, before heading the ICT and Mathematics departments in Ngee Ann Secondary. Subsequently, she joined the Educational Technology Division (ETD), MOE in 2006.
During her stint with the ETD, she was involved in the development of the Baseline ICT Standards, an initiative that has been rolled out to all schools since 2007. As accolades to her work in the ETD, Kwai Yin received the prestigious MOE Service Excellence Award (MSEA) in 2006 as well as the Innergy Award (Commendation) in 2007.
In 2009, Kwai Yin joined the School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST) as one of the pioneer staff. She heads the ICT department where her areas of focus are integration of technology in classrooms and professional development for teachers. She oversees the FutureSchool@Singapore programme in SST where 1:1 ICT-enabled learning programme is one of the school’s signature dishes. In 2012, Kwai Yin was conferred the “Associate of Academy of Singapore Teachers” for her contribution to the professional development of teachers.
A very experienced teacher, she believes that effective use of technology deepens learning, and curriculum must not be driven by technology but by sharing the practices in schools actively with both local and overseas educators. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and a Google Certified Teacher (GCT).
Apart from her engagement in Singapore schools, Kwai Yin served as a Singapore Volunteers Overseas in Bhutan under the “IT in Education” project in 2005. In 2008, she was a member of the Specialist Team for the project, “Vocational Training Project” in India.
HOD, STUDENT DEVELOPMENT – MS DOREEN TAN
Doreen majored in Applied Mathematics at The National University of Singapore and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (with credit) from the National Institute of Education. She is currently completing her Masters in Gifted Education with the National Institute of Education.
Since joining the teaching service in 2000, Doreen has presented papers related to Mathematics teaching and Affective education at local and international platforms. She presented two papers at The 10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness in 2008.
Prior to joining SST, Doreen taught in Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) for seven years. At RGS, she served as the Head of Year for four years where she was involved in putting structures and processes in place so as to ensure the overall well being of the students.
Doreen has a strong interest in affective education. She believes that the heart of teaching is not just about teaching the knowledge and content, but also to teach the person.
HOD, SCIENCE – MRS LIM-LEONG WOON FOONG
Woon Foong joined the teaching service in 1990 and taught Biology and Chemistry in River Valley High School for 20 years. She was appointed Head of Department in 1998; a designation she has held to date. She holds a Masters of Science in Biology from NUS and a Diploma in Departmental Management (Sec) from NIE.
At RVHS, Woon Foong was responsible for setting up the West Zone Centre of Excellence for Science and Technology (WZCOE) and served as Chairman for 10 years, from 2001 to 2010. She also spearheaded many programmes for the development of Science talents. In 2001, in recognition for her contribution in the advancement of Science Education, she was awarded the SAAS Outstanding Science Teacher Award, the National Productivity Award (Individual) and the National Day Award (Commendation).
Woon Foong has a strong interest in Science Education and Scientific Research and believes in equipping her students with relevant intellectual and practical skills that are necessary in helping them explore the physical world and satisfy their innate curiosity.
HOD, MOTHER TONGUE LANGUAGES – BEK SU LING
Su Ling started her teaching career as a Chinese Language teacher in Kranji Secondary School in 1997. In 2002, she was posted to Raffles Institution as a Gifted Education teacher and subsequently promoted as Head, Mother Tongue Languages Department in 2007. Her stint at the Schools Division in MOE as Special Assistant from 2010 to 2011 prior to joining SST has equipped her with a good understanding of implementing and reviewing educational policies.
Su Ling believes that the heart of education is about helping students realize their potential and catering to their different needs and abilities (因材施教). She also places much emphasis on building strong rapport with her students and healthy working relationships with her colleagues.
HOD, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY – ANG NGEE KENG, DEAN
Dean double-majored in Mathematics and Computational Science in the National University of Singapore (NUS) and obtained his honours degree in Mathematics in 1999. A Public Service Commission (Teaching) scholar, he started his teaching career after obtaining his Post Graduate Diploma in Education in 2000.
In his 13 years of career in the educational service, Dean has taught in schools such as Chua Chu Kang Secondary, The Chinese High School (Hwa Chong Institution) and Raffles Institution. In 2003, he joined the Educational Technology Division in the Ministry of Education, where he headed projects such as the Inter-cluster Sharing of Resources (iSHARE). iSHARE has since developed into a nation-wide digital resource sharing initiative.
From a first-time marathon failure, Dean has conquered the marathon four times since 2009. He firmly believes that the true measure of success is how many times one can bounce back from failure. With this mantra, he constantly seeks to challenge and improve himself and others.
HOD, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY – MR AURELIUS YEO
Aurelius graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, specialising in Geography and Southeast Asian Studies in 2001. Upon graduation, his passion for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) spurred him to take a Diploma in Information Technology in 2002. In 2009, He received his Masters Degree in Arts specialising in Social Studies.
Prior to joining the education service, he worked as a web developer for a regional office. He joined the education service in 2002 and obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2003. He was appointed as Subject Head (Humanities) in Nan Hua High School in 2007.
A firm believer of using ICT in education, Aurelius developed Video Podcasts as teaching tools and conducts professional development sessions for teachers. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and a Google Certified Teacher (GCT). In 2012, Aurelius was appointed to the ADE Advisory Board for South Asia, where he works closely with other board members to plan events, training sessions and weigh in on ADE applications.
HOD, SCHOOL STAFF DEVELOPER – CHARLES LOW
Charles graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Merit from the National University of Singapore (NUS), majoring in Biology. He went on to receive his Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Credit from the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
Having taught graduating classes prior to joining SST, Charles believes that every child is unique and their true learning potential can be realised through differentiated instruction (e.g., matching learning styles with abilities). In the field of Staff Professional Development, apart from developmental work, he has been providing trainings for academic staff since 2008. As an experiential educator, Charles strives for practice informed by pedagogies, specialising in the field of Understanding by Design (UbD) and Applied Learning approach. He has presented research papers on these fields at both local and international conferences.
Charles believes that expressing and demonstrating a belief in students strengthens students’ self-confidence and inspires self-actualisation and independent learning. To him, the teacher is only a facilitator and guide, pointing students in and to the right direction and being an impetus to impassion and fuel the curiosity and thirst for life knowledge.
HOD, STUDENT LEADERSHIP – LIM BOON TAT
Boontat read mathematics at Cambridge and Brown, and has taught at Bukit Batok Secondary and Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary). Prior to joining SST, Boontat worked with the local universities as a Senior Head (Policy) at Higher Education Division, MOE.
SH, ART, DESIGN, MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY – MR MOHAMED IRFAN BIN DARIAN
Irfan is a mid-career professional who answered the call to teaching, after working as a product design engineer and a decision support analyst for 5 years. Armed with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering respectively, Irfan can count photography, product sketching, computer games, and experimenting with new software tools, especially Macintosh-based ones, as part of his repertoire of hobbies.
He is interested in looking at research areas that are related to the cognitive development of students’ design capacities, specifically their Design Quotient (DQ). Having been awarded the Most Innovative Teacher Award for 2 consecutive years in Unity Secondary School, Irfan is a passionate believer and experimenter in innovative and creative teaching and learning methods.
SH, HUMANITIES – MS JENNIFER TAY LIN CHIN
Jennifer started her teaching career as a History teacher in Raffles Girls’ Secondary School and has shared and presented her pedagogical experiences at various international conferences. They include the Raffles International Conference for Education (R.I.C.E), and the Asia-Pacific Conference for Gifted Education (APCG).
For the Academic Year 2007/8, the research project group under Jennifer’s tutelage emerged as one of the top three presenters at the annual Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme (HSSRP) Symposium, organized by the Gifted Education Branch, MOE.
In 2000, Jennifer was awarded the Ministry of Education’s Teaching Award to pursue her undergraduate studies. She has an Honours degree in Arts, and is currently pursuing her Master Degree in Arts with the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.
SH, KNOWLEDGE MANGEMENT – MR CHAN KIN CHUAH
Kin Chuah received his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore in 1999. After a short stint as a process engineer in the semiconductor industry, he went on to obtain his Postgraduate Diploma (Secondary) in Education from National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in 2002.
Prior to joining SST, Kin Chuah taught Physics in Jurongville Secondary School for 7 years. He believes in designing and delivering engaging lessons such that students will be inspired to learn pro-actively. In 2007, Kin Chuah went on a 5-week overseas science attachment to University of Washington, Seattle, and subsequently worked with the science unit in the Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education, to adapt materials for our local context.
SH, MATHEMATICS – MR JASON CHARLES INGHAM
Jason read his undergraduate Degree in Computer Science at the National University of Singapore. Graduating in 1996, he went on to pursue his Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 1997 and completed his Masters of Education in 2000 at the National Institute of Education. He has always been interested in using technology to provide students with a more realistic learning experience and have written several papers on how technology can be used to facilitate the learning of Mathematics in a multi-representational environment.
He believes that teaching and learning should include three main forms of interaction. These are mainly Teacher-Student, Student-Student (collaborative) and Student-Learning Material (applied learning). All these interactions can come together to create a very enriching learning environment within the classroom and creating this “Community of Learners” has long been an area of research interest for Jason.
SH, ADMISSIONS – MR EDMUND NG
Edmund graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in Mechanic & Production Engineering in 2002. He joined the education service and obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2003. Prior to joining SST, Edmund taught Mathematics in Nan Hua High School for six years. He was appointed as the Discipline Master and Teacher in charge of Student Council in 2005.
Edmund believes that students must be able to visualise knowledge at work in order for them to find their learning experience interesting and relevant. He is also a firm believer of values teaching in Outdoor Education.
SH, INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH STUDIES - RON TAN
Prior to joining SST, Ron taught Geography and Social Studies at Victoria School and spent 2 years at MOE Schools Division as a Special Project Officer. He is also certified by Harvard Graduate School of Education in Teaching for Understanding I & II.
Ron is a MOE Teaching Award holder with a 2nd Upper Honours degree in Social Sciences, majoring in Geography from National University of Singapore (NUS). With the rigorous training in the Humanities and Social Sciences, he strongly believes that research into the human experience adds to our knowledge of our world.
Today, humanistic and social science knowledge continues to provide the ideal foundation for exploring and understanding the human experience. Ron envisions SST students as youths with strengths in the sciences and technologies and the ability to explore their academic interests and passion through interdisciplinary research with an applied real-world focus so as to improve the human condition.
SH, GEOGRAPHY – ALVIN TAN
Alvin majored in Geography and received his Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2006. He joined the teaching service after graduation and was appointed Subject Head of Geography in Meridian Junior College (MJC) in 2011. Throughout his five years in MJC, he has helped put in place processes and structures relating to both his subject area as well as in the Discipline Committee. Such contributions helped develop the academic and social emotional well being of students.
Alvin strongly believes in engagement of students through developing authentic learning experiences. With the aid of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), students are able to access a wide variety of resources and learn by solving complex, real-world problems.
A geographer at heart, Alvin hopes to provide opportunities for students to conduct geographical investigations out in the field. He seeks to develop a holistic geography programme that allows students to learn beyond the strict confines of the classroom.
SH, ENGLISH – CHUA WEE NEE
Wee Nee graduated with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore. After completing her Practical Law Course in 1996 and working as a lawyer, Wee Nee went on to pursue her Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2000.
As an educator, she strongly believes that learning is a life-long process and teachers role-models to inculcate a passion for learning among the students. She has contributed back to the teaching fraternity through her involvement in various research projects and action research papers. In 2003, she presented a paper at the Australian International Education Conference in Melbourne.