John YeoDeputy Principal
John is a firm believer that teachers need to reclaim our professional authority as curriculum gatekeeper (Thornton, 2001). He has written books such as Mastering the Art of Authentic Assessment, Sustainable School Reform through Lesson Study for Learning Community and other publications. Reflecting on what is at stake for education, he encourages teachers to always give meaning to learning and to inspire the love for learning in students. He also engages school and community leaders with dialogue on educational issues such as curriculum policies and designing for 21st century teaching and learning.
Previously as the Assistant Head with the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group, John taught the Master and Leadership programmes at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He specialises in creative thinking, problem finding, curriculum design, teachers’ professional learning, as well as authentic assessment. He received the Excellence in Teaching, Nanyang Education Award (NTU) in 2013.
Recognised for his work in creativity and curriculum innovation, John has been invited to speak in China, Doha, Dominican Republic, India, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Russia and the United States. In Singapore, he was on several Ministry of Education (MOE) committees that championed national curriculum reviews when he served in the Curriculum Planning and Development Division. Some of which include Curriculum 2015 Taskforce, Project Work Syllabus Review Committee, Social Studies Syllabus Development Committee and other inter-agency planning teams such as the Future Schools Project, Interactive Digital Media Taskforce and Innolab. For his efforts to inspire and build capacity in innovation within MOE, he received the Public Service 21 Outstanding Activist Award in 2009. During his term in NIE, he was invited to be on MOE’s Critical and Inventive Thinking Taskforce. He was also appointed as the curriculum consultant for the MOE Innovation Programme under the Gifted Education Branch in 2012.
John is the 2017 recipient of the Ruth B. Noller Research Grant for his research on Problem Finding in Creative Inquiry. This annual award given by the U.S. Creative Education Foundation supports emerging, paradigm-shifting research with high potential for impact in the field of creativity and creative education studies.
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
Mark RozellsHead of Department, Languages & Literature Bachelor of Arts (Honours) English Language and Literature University of Leeds, UK
Mark was awarded a Singapore Government Scholarship (Teaching) to read English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds, UK. He completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the National Institute of Education, Singapore in 2004.
Mark began his teaching career at Serangoon Junior College, where he taught GCE A Level General Paper and English Literature. In 2007, he was posted to the Ministry of Education, where he drafted policy papers and supported the school superintendents. In 2009, Mark was appointed Head of the English Department at Greenridge Secondary School.
In 2010, Mark joined School of the Arts, Singapore and was part of the pioneer team of teachers that set up the IB English Literature programme. He was a Creativity, Action and Service advisor, started a Creative Writing Club, and supervised students on overseas leadership expeditions in Malaysia and community service projects in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Mark also served as a Higher Education Counsellor, was the school’s UCAS administrator and guided students in their applications to UK universities. Mark was appointed Senior Teacher, Literature in 2013, and mentored teachers, advised on curriculum development and facilitated staff professional development.
As part of his professional development, Mark attended IBDP workshops in Tokyo, Auckland, and Kuala Lumpur. He also participated in Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011 and the “Analyzing Teaching for Student Results” (ATSR) and “Studying the Skillful Teacher” (SST) courses at Research for Better Teaching (RBT), Boston in 2016.
Mark firmly believes that every student, with effective effort, can achieve excellence in academic and co-curricular fields.
Darrell FooTeacher, English and Literature Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Economics) University of Toronto (Canada)
After graduating from the University of Toronto with an honours degree, Darrell went on to obtain a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (NIE) and a certificate in Curriculum Design for International Service-Learning from Queen’s University (Canada).
She comes to SIM International Academy with more than 17 years’ teaching experience. After teaching General Paper at Nanyang Junior College (NYJC) for 11 years, Darrell joined the School of the Arts (SOTA) to teach Analysis, Research & Communication (ARC). At SOTA, she designed two core IB Career-related Programme modules – the Approaches to Learning curriculum and the Community and Service programme. From SOTA, she went on to join Hwa Chong International High School to teach English Language & Literature.
Darrell coordinated overseas service learning expeditions at NYJC and mentored CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) student groups at SOTA. She has been a trainer for NIE’s Group Endeavour Service Learning (GESL) programme for trainee teachers. In addition, she has equipped and led numerous overseas service-learning expeditions to different parts of China, Thailand and Indonesia. In her own time, she has also volunteered in Kazakhstan, East Timor, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
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.
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).
Chee Chian Fai (Kenneth)Teacher, Mathematics Master of Science (Mathematics for Finance and Actuarial Science) City University of Hong Kong
Kenneth Chee has worked for more than 10 years in government as well as international schools.
He began his career as a mathematics lecturer and tutor in Nanyang Junior College. Subsequently, he joined the School of the Arts and contributed to the design and development of the Mathematics curriculum as part of the pioneer faculty team. Kenneth has also worked at the Singapore International School (Hong Kong) as an IGCSE and IBDP Mathematics teacher, university counsellor and at various times Head of Year 9 and 12. Prior to joining SIM International Academy, he was engaged as a consultant by a private school in Brunei to spearhead transformative changes to its Mathematics curriculum.
Kenneth graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) with Honours and from the National Institute of Education with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. He holds a Master of Science (Mathematics for Finance and Actuarial Science) with Distinction from City University of Hong Kong.
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
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.
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 essential 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.
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.
Jacqueline SngTeacher of Physical Education Bachelor of Science (Education) (Physical Education & Sports Science) Nanyang Technological University / National Institute of Education
Jacqueline hails from a sporting background. A high-performance athlete, she represented club and country in Rugby and Kayaking. She leveraged on her passion and knowledge in competitive sport to mentor many students in the Track and Field scene who then went on to represent Singapore at the 28th South East Asian Games in 2015 and 8th ASEAN School Games in 2016.
After she graduated from Nanyang Technological University and the National Institute of Education with a Bachelor of Science in Education (majoring in Physical Education & Sports Science), Jacqueline taught Physical Education and Biology at Changkat Changi Secondary School for five years. With strong pedagogical knowledge in Physical Education and an interest in developing lessons and assessment tools for student’s learning, Jacqueline led teacher groups in improving student engagement in learning.
Jacqueline is a firm believer in student leadership and character development through experiential education. In 2015, she organised an outdoor leadership development expedition to Pulau Tuba, Langkawi for CCA Leaders. During this expedition, student leaders were challenged physically and mentally as they learnt leadership skills and developed the grit to handle the challenges of leadership. Jacqueline was also involved planning a cultural exchange trip with Jinan District 5 High School in the province of Shandong, China in 2016. This trip immersed students in different culture to help them develop social and global awareness.
A Roman poet Jevenal wrote, “Mens Sana in corpore sano” – A healthy mind in a healthy body. At SIM IA, Jacqueline hopes to develop in the students both a healthy body and mind through physical activity and sports science.
Khairol HishamHead of Department, Student Development Bachelor of Arts Economics and Statistics National University of Singapore / National Institute of Education
Khairol read Economics and Statistics at the National University of Singapore before going on to complete his Postgraduate Diploma in Education in the teaching of Physical Education and Mathematics at the National Institute of Education, Singapore, in 1997.
Khairol began his teaching career at Princess Elizabeth Primary School where he taught Physical Education and Mathematics. In 2001, he joined Education Programs Division of the Ministry of Education as an Outdoor Education Specialist. Over the next 4 years, he developed programs and infrastructure for teachers and schools to implement their Outdoor Education programs. During this time, he developed an interest in interdisciplinary learning as he worked with various schools to develop experiential and expeditionary learning programs that brought together the humanities, service learning and adventure.
In 2005, Khairol was appointed Dean of Physical Education and Aesthetics at Naval Base Secondary School, where he learnt how how adventure and visual arts could be powerful learning experiences for character development and social emotional learning. In 2007, Khairol joined the School of the Arts, Singapore as Head of Department, Experiential Education. He was part of the pioneer team of educators that crafted the curriculum for Singapore’s first pre-tertiary arts institution. It was a journey of many firsts, but most of all, he is particularly thankful for working alongside educators and students who reminded him daily that to accomplish things, one must not only act, but must also dare to dream.
Khairol is excited by what SIM International Academy promises in terms of creating a holistic education experience that prepares students for the learning demands of tomorrow and beyond.
Benjamin TayProgramme Coordinator, Student Development Master of Asia-Pacific Studies with Distinction Australian National University
Benjamin graduated with a Master of Asia-Pacific Studies with Distinction from the Australian National University. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (Economics) at the University of Victoria, Canada.
Prior to being an educator, Benjamin started out in the financial industry where he took on stockbroking and investment banking positions in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Benjamin’s first experience in education sector was at the School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA) where he taught the lower years Integrated Humanities Programme as well as Pre-International Baccalaureate (IB) Economics. He was also responsible for the co-coordinating the Talent Academy as well as being a mentor for both the student leadership and service learning programmes.
Prior to joining SIM International Academy, he was Programme Manager for the Cultural Exchange team at the Singapore International Foundation (SIF). Passionate about community development, he also managed the Outreach and Volunteer programmes at PM.Haze (People’s Movement to Stop Haze) a local NGO focused on finding solutions to ‘Haze’ in Singapore and was one of the key members that worked towards it’s establishment as a registered society in Singapore. Benjamin is currently is PM.Haze’s voluntary President. He also volunteers for a local grassroots movement, Participate in Design, that raises awareness on the importance of participatory design as an approach to engaging and developing an active citizenry.
Benjamin aims to leverage on his diverse cultural and professional experiences to develop and implement meaningful programmes that will instill the knowledge, skills and values in our next generation of future leaders.