Wang Li-SaAssistant Principal, Student Development Master of Social Sciences (Applied Sociology) National University of Singapore
Li-Sa earned her Bachelors in Linguistics and Sociology and her Masters in Applied Sociology from the National University of Singapore, and comes to SIM International Academy with more than 15 years of experience as an educator. She has been a teacher, Head of department and policy officer at the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Division (HED).
As Senior Head (Policy) at HED, Li-Sa was involved in the Polytechnic-School Review led by then Minister of State for Manpower and Education, Mr Gan Kim Yong, and the submission of the cabinet paper to set up SIM University (UniSIM) under the direction of then Minister of Education, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. She was also part of the pioneering team that designed a unique curriculum for the School of the Arts.
Li-Sa has also developed critical thinking and academic writing modules for learners of English as a second language at Universitas Pelita Harapan in Surabaya, Indonesia. In addition, she has trained educators in integrative curriculum design and 21st century pedagogy at the Letovo School in Moscow, Russia.
Li-Sa is Singapore’s first professional sign language interpreter, and developed and taught the only tertiary-level programmes on deaf culture and sign language at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore from 2012 to 2014. She continues to support special education training of Allied Educators and in-service teachers through the co-teaching of modules on teaching students with physical and sensory difficulties at the National Institute of Education in NTU.
SuriyaniAssistant Principal, Academic Master in Education (Science Education) Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Suriyani has been an educator for 20 years in government and International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in Singapore.
Before joining SIM International Academy, she was Assistant Vice-Principal (Academic) and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator at the School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA). In her 10 years at SOTA, her portfolio included strategic planning, policy making, curriculum design, professional development and evaluation preparation for IB World School status. She is currently a member of the IB Educator Network and has conducted IB workshops and school verification visits. As a trained Innovation Advocate, she has facilitated workshops on teaching and learning, and strategic planning. Prior to SOTA, Suriyani was Head of Science at a government school.
Ms Suriyani holds a Master in Education (Science Education) and Bachelor of Science degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), majoring in Biology and Chemistry. She also received the Singapore Teachers Union Gold Medal and the Economic Development Board Book Prize for Biology at NTU. In addition, she has a Diploma in Departmental Management from the National Institute of Education, Singapore. She is also trained in Understanding by Design, is a Future Problem Solving Coach and was selected to participate in Project Genetics in 2002, an overseas Life Science attachment at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Languages and Literature
Oei Giok LiongTeacher, Chinese Language Bachelor of Arts, Chinese Language and Literature National Taiwan University
Giok Liong obtained her Bachelor of Arts with an honours degree in Chinese Language and Literature from National Taiwan University and her Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education.
Prior to joining SIM International Academy, Giok Liong was a senior teacher at School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA), St Andrew’s Secondary School and Nanyang Girls’ High School. She also served as subject head of Chinese Language at Raffles Institution’s Gifted Education Department. She has mentored teachers, advised on curriculum development and facilitated staff professional development.
As part of the pioneer faculty team at SOTA, Giok Liong developed the school-based Chinese Literature programme, and planned and designed the IBDP Chinese Language B instructional materials.
Amongst her many interests, Giok Liong’s passion lies with the language arts. Her love for languages spurred her on to take up a one-year Japanese Language course at the Japanese Language Institution in Sapporo, Japan. Giok Liong believes that her experience in learning a foreign language would further enhance her teaching of the Chinese Language.
Gabriel TanTeacher, English Language Bachelor of Arts (English Language & Geography) National University of Singapore
While waiting to enter university, Gabriel Tan stood in as a substitute teacher in a local secondary school. That was when he discovered his liking for teaching.
After getting his teaching qualification, he served as a teacher in Xinmin Secondary School (Singapore) for 13 years, culminating in his last appointment as Senior Teacher. During his stint in Xinmin Secondary School, he acquired diverse experience helping students develop skills in English Language and Geography for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O Level Examinations.
Gabriel Tan also has a strong interest in the use of ICT in education. During the Ministry of Education’s First IT Masterplan, he introduced numerous ICT innovations for teaching and learning. Between 2000 and 2003, his efforts in the use of ICT were affirmed when he won Hewlett Packard Innovation in Information Technology Awards on three occasions.
Since then, he had had extensive experience teaching English and Geography under the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Hwa Chong International School. Enriched by his experience in guiding international students through their English language learning journey, he is excited with the new challenge that SIM International Academy offers.
Gabriel Tan is a strong believer of lifelong learning. To refresh himself as a teacher, he is currently pursuing the Master of Education (English) at Nanyang Technological University. His desire is for his students to enjoy learning and to keep their sense of wonderment throughout their lives.
Stuart Wayne Akers JrTeacher, English Language Bachelor of Arts, Russian Language and Literature Vassar College
Stuart Akers Jr obtained his Bachelor of Arts with honors degree in Russian Language and Literature from Vassar College.
Prior to joining SIM International Academy, Stuart was a teacher at the Singapore Korean International School (SKIS), YBM Korea, and Avalon English in South Korea.
Among his many interests, Stuart’s passion lies with the language arts. His passion for languages led him to attend an intensive Russian Language course at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, USA and to immerse himself in the Korean language by living and working in South Korea. Stuart believes that his experience in learning a foreign language will enhance his teaching and understanding of the English Language.
Lisa LeeTeacher, Global Perspectives and Research and English Language Master of Arts, Southeast Asian Studies National University of Singapore
Giok Liong obtained her Bachelor of Arts with an honours degree in Chinese Language and Literature from National Taiwan University and her
Lisa obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature and Political Science from the National University of Singapore, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore). In 2014, she obtained a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore.
Lisa has 12 years of experience teaching GCE A Level General Paper, Project Work, and General Education to tertiary students, focusing on critical thinking, essay writing, as well as current affairs knowledge. Lisa has also been a Senior Verbal Trainer for the SAT, ACT and GMAT examinations, teaching pre-university students, business executives, and other professionals.
From 2011 to 2017, Lisa also worked as a freelance writer and researcher for government Ministries, educational institutions, and charities. With her interest in humanitarian and non-profit work, Lisa also facilitated student community service projects in Singapore, Indonesia, Nepal, and Thailand.
As an English Language and Global Perspectives & Research teacher at SIM International Academy, Lisa aims to help students improve their language, become more interested in global issues, and do their part to make the world more sustainable, peaceful, and just.
Lim Bock BoonHead of Department, Mathematics Master of Science (Mathematics) National University of Singapore
Bock Boon has taught for more than 15 years, beginning his career as a Mathematics teacher in Tampines Junior College, moving on to become Head of the Mathematics Department in NUS High School before joining Ngee Ann Secondary School as Head of Special Projects. To stoke interest in Mathematics and extend learning beyond the classroom, Bock Boon introduced Mathematical Modelling where students learn how Mathematics can be used to model everyday activities.
An interest in different mathematics syllabi then led Bock Boon to the position of Head of Faculty for Mathematics at Hwa Chong International School, which offered the IGCSE and IB Diploma Programme.
Bock Boon graduated with a Master of Science (majoring in Mathematics) from the National University of Singapore. He obtained his Post-Graduate Diploma in Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE) and completed the Management and Leadership in Schools Programme in 2011. He was presented the PS21 Outstanding Activist Award (2011) for his outstanding contribution in promoting innovation in the organisation and also the NIE Caring Teacher Award (2012 and 2014).
Lim Pow LeeTeacher, Mathematics Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction) University of Regina, Canada
Pow Lee embarked on her teaching career after graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science in 1988 and obtained her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education at the Singapore Institute of Education in 1989. She taught Mathematics in Xinmin Secondary School for nine years, during which she obtained her Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of Regina, Canada in 1995, and was appointed Head of the Mathematics Department.
In 1998, Pow Lee joined the Staff & Educational Development Division at Temasek Polytechnic as an adjunct lecturer to design and conduct courses and workshops for academic staff in the polytechnic. During this time, she also presented a paper “Fanning into flame the spirit of problem solving to enhance mathematics learning and thinking” at the 1998 Educational Research Association Conference. In 2000, she assisted the Centre for Problem-based Learning at Temasek Polytechnic in educational research and staff development work, and provided administrative support pertaining to the preparation and organisation of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Problem-based Learning hosted by the Centre.
After spending 12 fruitful years with her children during their formative years, Pow Lee joined Hwa Chong International School (HCIS) as Head of Mathematics in 2013 and became Senior Mathematics Teacher in 2015. During her stint in HCIS, she taught mathematics in the IGCSE and IBDP programmes, and supervised students in their mathematical explorations and extended essays.
Pow Lee firmly embraces Polya’s problem-solving process in her teaching of mathematics, and believes that the primary aim of mathematics teaching should be to teach students to think through problem solving. This is important as many problems in the real world cannot be solved readily by the use of algorithms or formulae, and when students are taught to become independent problem solvers armed with general problem-solving and heuristic thinking skills, they will be better prepared to adjust and solve problems in their lives.
Technology & Physics
Tom SmahonTeacher, Economics Bachelor of Economics Simon Fraser University, Canada
Tom obtained his Bachelors of Economics and Masters in Business Administration specializing in Finance from Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Tom currently teaches Economics at SIM International Academy and is responsible for setting up the school’s IGCSE and Cambridge A Level syllabus. He is also developing an Enterprise programme for students keen in commerce and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining SIM International Academy, Tom taught at Anglo Chinese School (Independent) and Yishun Junior College.
Ong Lee LianTeacher, Chemistry & School Counsellor Master of Life Sciences, Nanyang Technology of University Master of Guidance and Counselling, James Cook University
Lee Lian has taught Chemistry and Mathematics in Government, Autonomous and Specialised Independent Schools in Singapore for more than 12 years. Her short stint as a teacher with the Beijing BISS International School has enriched her cross cultural experiences and strengthened her abilities to work with students from diverse cultural background. Under the MOE sponsorship, Lee Lian furthered her professional knowledge with a Master of Life Sciences with Nanyang Technological University. With her research interest in analytical chemistry for traditional Chinese medicine, she has published a paper “Determination of Metabolites from scutellaria baicalensis by GC/MS and 1H NMR” to assess the quality of medicinal herbs and their products.
Lee Lian believed that the most effective way to touch students’ lives is to equip them with life skills that will benefit them beyond their academic life. She has touched numerous lives in her teaching career. Lee Lian was interviewed by The New Paper for how she has helped her student with cerebral palsy to overcome her fear and anxiety to do well in her studies. With this personal conviction to help develop the social and emotional aspects of students, Lee Lian went on a sabbatical leave to pursue a Master of Guidance and Counselling with James Cook University. She is also a member with Singapore Association for Counselling.
Tay Seow HeongHead of Department, Technology and Physics Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) National University of Singapore
Seow Heong has worked in government schools in Singapore for the last 12 years. He is passionate about promoting the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to enhance teaching and learning. He also believes that in an ever changing world, it is essential that students are equipped with ICT skills to support their learning in the digital age.
Prior to joining SIM International Academy, Seow Heong was the Head of ICT at Punggol Secondary School where he taught for six years. During his term in Punggol Secondary, Seow Heong championed the use of G Suite for education, working alongside teachers in meaningful technology integration in lesson delivery and empowering students with baseline ICT skills for learning. The school is accredited as a Google Reference School in April 2017.
Before that, Seow Heong taught at Tampines Junior College (TPJC) for six years in which he was also Head of ICT for three years. During his time in TPJC, he worked closely with IT branch in MOE in the implementation of initiatives which included the transition of myedumail to iCON email for staff and piloted school for Schools Standard ICT Operating Environment (SSOE) programme in 2011.
Seow Heong holds a Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Distinction) from the National Institute of Education.
Yeow Kok HanTeacher, Technology and Physics Master of Science in Physics National University of Singapore
Kok Han taught Physics for 15 years at Tampines JC (TPJC) before quitting in 2012 to develop an online Physics adaptive learning system and to better support his daughters in primary school. While in TPJC, he completed his part-time Master of Science (Physics) at the National University of Singapore. He was appointed Level Head Physics from 2006 to 2012.
Though Kok Han started his wondering journey in the sciences, he has since wandered into other ‘pastures’ where he has enjoyed meeting ‘local guides’ who so generously show him around. He wants to pass on what he has received by helping students navigate and appreciate this world better and equipping them to do likewise.
In teaching, Kok Han believes in focussing on three areas – concepts, skills and dispositions. Thus he is constantly on the lookout for ways to help students enjoy Physics, make sense of difficult concepts, develop transferable skills and see Physics as part of the continuum of knowledge.
Romi Bin MusaSubject Head, Sports Science Bachelor of Science (Psychology) University of Southern Queensland (Australia)
Romi has taught for 15 years in both primary and secondary schools. Prior to joining SIM International Academy, he taught PE at Raffles Institution for more than 10 years, where he was also the Rugby Master. He was a PESTA (Physical Education Sports Teacher Academy) Champion teacher from 2011 to 2014, and provided curriculum support to other schools.
Romi earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern Queensland (Australia) and has teaching certification from the National Institute of Education (Singapore).
Romi is interested in training teachers in PE pedagogy and using video technology and analysis for students’ learning and assessment. His passion for sports biomechanics and sports science has helped his students better understand their performance in PE and rugby. He has worked with the Combined Schools Rugby team and most recently with the National Women’s Rugby High Performance Development team. Romi has also played competitive rugby for both clubs and country.