Year(s) and Subject(s) Taught
Grade 7 Core (Arts, Language, Math and Social Studies)
How long have you been teaching?
Why did you become a teacher? Why did you choose teaching as a profession?
Prior to being a school teacher, I taught swimming lessons for eight years. Teaching always seemed to be something that came naturally to me, and something I always enjoyed. The prospect of being able to take my career overseas and experience a new culture also motivated me!
Tell us about your own education journey.
After my undergraduate degree I completed my two-year Bachelor of Education at York University in Toronto, Ontario. This allowed me to specialize in Junior-Intermediate education, focusing on the Middle School grades. Working with various teachers and practicing in different schools allowed me to try a variety of teaching methods and strategies. Even in my own classroom today, I am constantly learning and trying new things.
What is the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Last year a colleague and I went on a school trip to Taiwan with 12 Middle School students.We had some great adventures there, and it was a great chance to get to know students outside of a classroom setting!
What do you like most about teaching?
The students motivate me to put my best work into teaching and coaching. I like helping students to achieve their goals and reach their potential. I always feel so proud of my students when they improve their academics, or do well in any sports competition.
What is the best thing about teaching at your school?
The staff at SIS support each other and work as a team. Teachers are very willing to share resources and ideas, and work together to create the best lessons possible. This collaboration has made me a much stronger teacher.
Who or what inspires you?
Both of my older sisters are teachers, and both have taught overseas. Have they influenced my career choice? Maybe.
What is the one thing you wish all students would do?
As the school’s cross country coach, I wish all students would run! Recruitment can be tough in Malaysia’s extreme heat.