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High quality training must begin with high quality trainers, and SEED Institute offers the advantage of the largest multi-disciplinary team of full time trainers, each backed by years of early childhood experience garnered through working with children, parents and the community. We handpicked each and every one of our trainers, choosing only those who are highly qualified. Each trainer is either a Masters or Ph.D. holder.
 
Our teaching faculty's professional experience spans teaching and supervision in early childhood programmes, including specialised areas such as special needs education, parent education and social work. Placing top priority on the welfare of our students, they teach with a holistic, student-centered approach that emphasises caring for the well-being of each and every student.

Full Time Faculty Members

Academic Director


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HO Yin Fong (MSc) has more than 26 years of experience in the early childhood education field.
As Academic Director, she provides consultations on the expansion of programmes offered by SEED Institute; she reviews and strengthens partnerships with tertiary institutions, creates frameworks for research activities, and develops both professional qualifications and continual development programmes for principals and teachers. She also leads and oversees the work of Heads of Departments and faculty members of SEED Institute.

Her specialized topics include Mathematics in the Early Years and Environmental Awareness, Child Development, Infant and Toddler Behaviour and Development.

As NTUC First Campus’ former Deputy CEO, and the Chief Early Childhood Education Officer of NTUC First Campus (NFC), she leads the early childhood professional teams supporting the network of centers. She advises on the organisation’s policies and initiatives for corporate quality services, staff professional development, and curriculum development and implementation, and support for at risk children and children with learning needs. She has also conducted teacher training sessions for NTUC First Campus, foreign educators under the Singapore Co-operation Programme (SCP) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as pre-services and in-service teachers in Mathematics and Science for Pre-schoolers at the Diploma and Degree level at SEED Institute.

Conference Presentation:
The International ECCE Conference in Nepal: 6-7 November 2016: Early Childhood Education in Singapore: The Journey 
OMEP conference at Shanghai: 11-13 July 2013 An early childhood training model:  SEED Institute, Singapore

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Professor Emeritus Marjory EBBECK PhD, MA, M. Ed (Admin) Graduate Diploma in TESOL, TITC.Professor Ebbeck, Professor Emeritus from the University of South Australia, has represented the university as a Consultant, Teaching Fellow and Researcher in many universities both nationally and internationally. She has held visiting professorships in the Froebel Institute (London), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Universiti Brunei (Darussalam), Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong), University of Michigan, USA, University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Finland.

Professor Ebbeck was Program Director for the B Ed (ECE) in Singapore and Hong Kong for 10 years and in 2008 these programs were awarded a University wide Teaching Excellence award. 
 
Professor Ebbeck has published widely in international journals and her texts books have been used nationally in Australia and internationally. Professor Ebbeck was nominated as a UNICEF consultant from 1998 - 2004.

Professor Ebbeck is currently leading NTUC First Campus ‘s Centre for Research and Best Practices and has mentored both faculty and teachers to spearhead a series of research projects. She has received grants from Lien Foundation to conduct 2 research, develop curriculum, produced articles in journals, produced artifacts, and present in both local and international conferences. Currently, her research has morphed into a birth to 3 Relationship Based Curriculum for Birth to 3 children and online resource portal for parents. 

Conference Presentation (from 2012 onwards):
Inaugural International Conference on Open and Flexible Education, 2014, Hong Kong: The Use of Videoconferencing: An Evaluation of a Partnership Model in an Australian University. 
PECERA, Aug 2014, Bali, Indonesia: A Relationships-Based Early Childhood Curriculum: Birth – Three Years. Developed for Implementation in NTUC Centres, Singapore. 
PECERA, Aug 2014, Bali, Indonesia: Selecting Toys for Young Children: The Parent/Caregivers Views and Behaviours. 
PECERA, Aug 2014, Bali, Indonesia: The Use of Videoconferencing and Located-Learning to Deliver an Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Course in Australia. 
7th SELF Biennial International Conference & ERAS Conference, Singapore: Research in Singapore: A Study of Technology with Young Children. 
ECDA Conference, Nov 2013, Singapore: Observations as the Basis for Curriculum Decision Making.

Deputy Directors & Head of Departments 


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Dr KOK Siat Yeow Ed.D, has more than 25 years of ECCE and training experience, having taught in Ngee Ann, UniSIM, Wheelock College and SEED Institute at diploma and degree level.
Her specialized topics include language arts, curriculum planning, integrating critical, creative and reflective thinking, mentoring novice teachers, developing the leader in me. She also coordinates and conducts Train-the-Trainer programs for overseas ECCE personnel under the Singapore Cooperation Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Research published: 
Cognitively Oriented Curriculum for Children in Community-based Childcare Centres: Measuring Learning Outcomes in Children. 

Conference Presentation: 
ECDA Conference, 25-26 September 2015: A Cognitively Oriented Curriculum for Children in Community-based Childcare Centres: Measuring Learning Outcomes in Children.
ECDA Conference, Nov 2013, Singapore: A Study on the Effects of Mentoring on Student Teachers, Mentors, and Centres.
PECERA Conference, 2012, Singapore: Enhance Children’s Learning through the Development of Cognitive Functions 
ARNEC, International ECCD Conference, 2012: Preschool teachers’ use of Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) approach to facilitate children’s learning.

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LOW Siew Hong, Head (Faculty Management & Academic Qualifications), has more than 30 years of experience in the early childhood field. She takes charge of the quality delivery of all professional qualification programmes (Certificates and Diploma). As Head Faculty Management, Siew Hong coordinates Professional Learning Circles for faculty  and has mentored more than 100  faculty, both full time and associates over the years.

Her specialised topics include Play, Discovery of the World, Home school partnerships. Her repertoire extends overseas to Vietnam and Myanmar where she has led Train-the-Trainer workshops for early childhood educators, parents and social workers.
Siew Hong has also pioneered, piloted and conducted workshops for parents under Parenting Years. She trains parent educators and has been invited by Media Corps and ECDA to share her expertise on parenting and participated in national pilot projects. 

Conference presentation
World OMEP 2015, Washington, DC, USA: Research Project in Singapore Using Narrative in Literacy Learning with Story Retelling Techniques.
World OMEP 2013, Shanghai, China: Professional Growth in Early Childhood Teachers. 
ECDA conference 20 and 21 Nov, 2013: Embarking on the CPD Journey.

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Suzanne TANG (Ms)joined SEED Institute in 2014, and is the Manager for Continuing Professional Development and Curriculum Development.  She is WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) trained, and is undergoing the WSQ Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE).

As Manager, CPD, Suzanne conducts needs analysis and contextualize training programs to cater to preschool needs. As a curriculum developer, she coordinates curriculum reviews and works with faculty to update and develop training resources and lead in innovation projects. 
In her previous job, Suzanne has led a research and development team in REAL Education Group, a private preschool organisation in Malaysia. As Curriculum Development and Training Manager, her responsibilities included developing preschool curriculum and teaching resources for preschools, observing and evaluating preschool teachers, and conducting curriculum and training in both Malaysia and China.

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Jessie LEE, Senior Manager (Quality Management), holds a Master of Science in Quality & Reliability from University of Warwick, United Kingdom.  She has over 8 years of Quality Management and Service Excellence experience in the service industry (telecommunications and banking sectors).
 
As Senior Manager, Quality Management, Jessie works closely with all functional teams in SEED Institute to resolve any quality related issues that may arise in the day-to-day operational activities.  She drives the Internal Quality Audits and promotes Continuous Process Improvements to ensure an effective Quality Management System framework put in place in SEED Institute.
 
Jessie also drives the Service Excellence framework that comprises of the Customer Experience (relates to the end-to-end customer experience initiatives), Outcome Evaluation System (comprises of Course & Module Evaluation, Graduates & Operators Survey), Service Quality Training and Learning Journeys to better improve the customer experience of both internal and external customers.

Senior Lecturers & Lecturers


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Ginia NG Sook Hoon , Senior Lecturer (Chinese programmes) cum Head, Chinese Programmes, rose through the ranks with more than 20 years of early childhood teaching and training experience, Ginia has also owned a childcare centre. She is a prolific writer who had written 64 Chinese readers for young children and a set of pre-school Chinese language teaching aids. 

Her specialized topics include Children’s Development in Language and Literacy, Self and Social Awareness as well as Creativity and Visual Arts. At degree level, she teaches Language and Literacy in Early Childhood. 

Conference presentation: 
Early Childhood Conference and Carnival 2015, Singapore:  A Study on the Development of English and Mandarin Vocabulary for Chinese Pre-schoolers in Singapore.
 
黄雪云是新苗师范学院的高级讲师兼华文课程主任。她拥有新加坡南洋理工大学教育硕士学位,主修中文。她曾在中国北京师范大学留学,获北京师范大学教育学学士学位,主修学前教育。目前,黄老师在华东师范大学修读博士课程。 老师拥有20年的学前教育工作经验,她曾经担任幼稚园的华文教师、托儿所高级教师和经理。

黄老师从1996年开始便在学前保育与教育初级, 中级课程, 大专, 与学士课程 中分享教学经验。她也是儿童图画书的作者,出版约64本学前华文图书和一些幼儿园华文教材。黄老师目前负责新苗师范学院大专与学士的华文课程的策划工作。 她的教学与研究领域包括学前儿童语言教育、幼儿社会教育和幼儿创造性美术教育等。在大学,她授的学士科目是学前儿童语言教。

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Juliana NG-FURTADO, Senior Lecturer, with 19 years of preschool experience prior to her employment with SEED Institute, Juliana teaches at SEED Institute, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly UniSIM)  to both in-service and pre-service teachers in diploma  and degree level courses. 

She specializes in Human Growth and Development, Play and the Young Child, Social and Emotional Development and field practicum. 

Besides teaching, Juliana writes for parenting magazines pertaining to early childhood issues. She also coordinates and conducts continuing professional development workshops, as well as giving talks to educators and the public under programmes organized by Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).
Conference Presentation

Wheelock College 125th Anniversary International Conference 19-22 June 2013, USA: The Teaching of Mathematics: A Report of Research in Singapore.

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Millicent Nargis Bawany, Senior Lecturer, with 26 years of experience in the Preschool Education field, Millicent had been a teacher, principal, trainer, manager and lecturer. She held the position of principal for 20 years, and was involved in curriculum development, staff training, parental counselling and leading workshops.

Millicent has won Early Childhood Education awards such as the RTRC Asia Book Award for Best Academic Performance and the Monash University Chapter and the Golden Key International Honour Society Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. 

She specializes in Language Arts in the Early Years, Personal and Professional Development in Early Childhood Settings, English for Academic Purposes and Administration and Management of Programmes for Young Children.  At degree level, Millicent teaches Language and Literacy in Early Childhood.  

Conference presentation:
World OMEP 2015, Washington, DC, USA: Research Project in Singapore Using Narrative in Literacy Learning with Story Retelling Techniques. 
PECERA Conference, July 2012, Singapore & MCYS Child Care Seminar, Oct 2012, Singapore: Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs About Preschooler’s Independent Learning. 
KSECE 7th International Conference, Sep 2012, Korea: A Research Study in Singapore on Independent Learning – Teachers’ Views. 
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Mona TAN, Senior Lecturer, has over 15 years of local and overseas experience working in the early childhood education field.  Mona has set up more than 50 preschool centres in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, India and China. 

Her specialized topics include Sports and Fitness for Young Children, Discovery of the World, Mathematics for Young Children, Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education and Current Issues in Curriculum Development and Implementation.  She teaches at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore University of Social Sciences, SUSS (formerly known as UniSIM) and SIT-Wheelock College. Trained in outdoor education, Mona has been invited to teach in Boston and Seychelles. 

Conference presentation: 
Early Childhood Conference and Carnival 2015, Singapore: Science of Play 
Wheelock College 125th Anniversary International Conference 19-22 June 2013, USA: The Teaching of Mathematics: A Report of Research in Singapore. 

Sukuna SUPPIAH (MEd), Senior Lecturer, has more than 15 years of experience in the early childhood field as a teacher, researcher, and trainer working both in Singapore and Australia. 

Her specialized topics include Human Growth and Development, Inclusionary Practices for Educating Exceptional Children, Language Arts in the Early Years, Current Issues and Research in Early Childhood Care and Education, Introduction to Teachers as Researchers and Action Research.  

Apart from herself doing research, she has coached students to present in conferences on action research projects.  
Her current PhD topic is Developing collaborative leadership practices in the Singapore early childhood context (ECE) through professional learning communities (PLCs).  

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Suraya SAIDON (MEd, ECE), Senior Lecturer, has more than 20 years of experience in the early childhood teaching, leadership, administration and training. 

Her specialized topics include Current Issues and Research in Early Childhood Care and Education, Action Research, Managing Preschool Quality Education Curriculum, Leadership in Early Childhood Development, Staff Development and Supervision. At degree level, she teaches Transition to Primary School. 

Suraya has a strong interest in conducting research, produced journals and handbooks, and has led teams to present papers in both local and overseas conferences.  

Conference presentation: 
PECERA Conference, July 2013, Korea & ECDA Conference, Nov 2013, Singapore: Readiness of early childhood professionals in Singapore to take on the leadership role.
PECERA Conference, July 2012, Singapore & MCYS Child Care Seminar, Oct 2012, Singapore: An examination of children’s transition to primary school: Voices of teachers, parents and children.  Paper published in ECDA’s inaugural issue of Beanstalk Magazine (Oct-Dec 2013).

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Ambika Perisamy, lecturer holds a Bachelor in Early Childhood Studies and Masters in Education. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate pursuing her Doctor in Education at NTU-NIE and her concentration is on policy and leadership.
She won an Early Childhood Education award from RTRC Asia for Leadership programme and the Golden Key International Honour Society for Outstanding Academic Achievement in 2009.
She has 35 years of experience in the field of early childhood care and education and her previous position was Senior Quality Assurance Specialist at My First Skool. Ambika held a lead position in the Quality Assurance and Development (QAD) for NTUC First Campus childcare centres. She designed and conceptualized the framework and training for centre principals and teachers in contextualizing the quality indicators of Quality Rating Scale instrument at centre levels. She was also involved in the clinical coaching of Cluster Quality Managers together with principals at the centre levels on continuous quality at centre level.
Ambika specialises in modules on Designing Learning Environment, Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education, Partnership with Families and the Community, Safety, Health and Nutrition, Play and the Young Child, Leadership Programmes and she also conducts professional development workshops. At degree level, Ambika teaches Teaching and Learning and Play and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education.

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HUANG Fang, Senior Lecturer (Chinese programmes), coming from a Bio-science background with more than 10 years of university teaching from China, Huang Fang has 14 years of teaching and leadership experience in the early childhood field, working her way up from a Chinese teacher to Senior Manager in a private preschool in Singapore. 

As a Chinese-speaking mid-career switcher, she took up the challenge to obtain a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College conducted in English medium.
Her specialized areas of training include Human Growth and Development, Mathematics for Young Children, Discovery of the World, Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education, and Personal and Professional Development in Early Childhood Settings. At degree level, she teaches Teaching and Learning and Lifespan Development.  She enjoys thinking and cultivating students’ problem solving skills.

Conference presentation: 
PECERA, Aug 2014, Bali, Indonesia and ECDA Conference, Sep 2014, Singapore : Factors that Influence Teacher’s Motivation to Foster Seminar 2014, Singapore.
 
黄仿是新苗师范学院的全职高级讲师。她拥有美国维诺尔学院(Wheelock College)的早期教育学硕士学位、中国暨南大学理学硕士学位、中国北京师范大学理学学士学位,以及新加坡智源教育学院和北京师范大学的学前教育大专文凭(教学)。

她在学前教育领域里有14年的教学和管理经验,从最基础的华语老师升到一家公司的高级主管。同时她在成人幼教师资培训领域里有10年的教学经验。在进入早期教育领域前,她在生物学教学与科研领域里有16年的工作经验。目前她在新苗负责教学的科目别隶属于大专课程包括儿童的身心与个性发展, 学前数学教育, 环境与科学教育, 学前教育课程设计, 学前教师个人素养与专业发展。  以及新跃大学的本科课程, 人类发展学。她热爱独立思考,并致力于培养学员独立解决问题的能力。

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SOO Yeen Ting, Yannie holds Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the National Hsinchu University of Education in Taiwan. She was a research assistant and teaching assistant for 6 years with the Department of Early Childhood Education at the National Hsinchu University of Education, where she assisted her professor in preparing instructional materials, administering evaluation of courses and researching the area of Multiple Intelligences. With more than 9 years of early childhood experience, Yannie has built a strong portfolio as a preschool teacher, research assistant and lecturer, strongly advocating the nurturing of children in learning their mother tongue and inspiration for children to learn through integrated curriculum. 

Yannie serves as a lecturer at SEED Institute, teaching the Chinese Diploma programme in the areas of child development, curriculum planning and pedagogy, as well as Safety, Health Hygiene and Nutrition. Yannie also conducts Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops for early childhood educators in the fields of teacher-child interaction, classroom management and character development using a holistic approach to learning.

An ardent advocate of educational technology, Yannie also teaches Design and Technology for the Diploma (Chinese) programme.  In teaching Design and Technology, she strongly emphasises application and practices of theories to equip early childhood educators with a good understanding of the interconnection between theories and implementation. Yannie firmly believes that with the help of ICT skill sets, educators’ creativity expands and they are able to put their ideas into practice. 
 
苏彦宁,毕业于台湾国立清华大学南大校区(原国立新竹教育大学),拥有专业幼儿教育硕士学位和幼儿教育学士学位。在校6年期间,努力地在幼儿教育界耕耘学习,积极承担教授研究助理的工作,为多元智能课程展开筹备工作,通过电脑技术支援教授,跟学生联系促进教学和学习的成效。此外,彦宁也在台湾及新加坡幼教职场任教过,前后约9年,有许多与幼儿近距离相处互动的机会,巩固并拥有专业层面所须的实战经验。

2013年被邀请担任新苗师范学院的客座讲师。2016年正式加入新苗的华文课程组,负责大专文凭课程,专长在婴幼儿发展、课程设计、幼儿教育资讯科技以及学前儿童数学教育以及幼儿卫生与健康。此外,彦宁也热爱承担持续专业发展相关工作坊,带领在职幼儿教师探讨如何通过全面开发的学习模式,实践有效的师生互动、有效的课室管理和提升个性品质发展等。

彦宁对幼儿教育资讯课程的教学信念,重视实践性,强调学习理论和技术技能的相互呼应。因此在培育幼儿教师资讯技能的同时,旨在提升教师在教学上接受创思的勇气,期许教师懂得发挥创意,积极通过资讯技能的提升为幼儿教育产出有趣、具吸引力且具体可行的实务课程。
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Mrs Pat LIM, Lecturer, has been in the field of early childhood education in Singapore for more than 15 years -- as a Teacher, Principal of kindergarten and child care settings, Lecturer and Field Supervisor. She believes in a balanced approach in developing young children’s lives, where both structure of learning and relationship focus are essential components.

Pat specializes in modules on Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education, Social and Emotional Development, Safety, Health and Nutrition, Partnerships with Families and the Communities and Child Assessment and Programme Evaluation. At degree level, she specializes in Child Growth and Development, Play and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education. 

Conference Presentation
PECERA Conference, July 2012, Singapore: Fostering Social Competence in a Group of Kindergarten Children. 
KSECE 7th International Conference, Sep 2012, Korea: Early Childhood in Singapore: Supporting Children’s Social Competence. 

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R. Vathsala NAIDU (MEd, ECE), Lecturer, out of the 22 years of early childhood work experience with young children and families, Vathsala has managed her own childcare centre for 16 years before she joins SEED Institute.  With her rich experience, she took up training, planned, coordinated and delivered early childhood programmes for teachers and gave talks to parents of young children under the PEPS programme, organized by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).  

Her specialized topics include Administration and Management of programmes for Young Children, Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education, Language Arts in the Early Years, Safety, Health and Nutrition, Social and Emotional Development, and Partnerships with Families and the Communities.  At degree level, Vathsala teaches Language and Literacy in Early Childhood. 

Conference Presentation
PECERA, Aug 2014, Bali, Indonesia and ECDA Conference, Sep 2014, Singapore : Factors that Influence Teacher’s Motivation to Foster Seminar 2014, Singapore.
KSECE 7th International Conference, Sep 2012, Korea: A Research Study in Singapore on Independent Learning – Teachers’ Views. 
PECERA Conference, July 2012, Singapore & MCYS Child Care Seminar, Oct 2012, Singapore: Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs About Preschooler’s Independent Learning. 

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Geraldine Hii (MSc), Lecturer, obtained both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock  College, Boston Massachusetts. She has more than 18 years of experience in the Early Childhood field  - working her way from being an assistant teacher to Senior Manager in Curriculum Development. 

She believes that the link between the family and school system operates in both directions. An advocate for family-school partnership, she has been conducting Parent Education Workshops and invited as a guest speaker for Parenting Seminars.  

Her specialized areas of training include Design and Technology, Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education, and Discovery of the World. She also conducts Continuing Professional Development workshops such as WSQ Mentoring Novice Teachers and WSQ Integrating IT to Early Childhood Education. At degree level, she teaches ICT for Engaging Children's Learning.

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D. K. GOWRI d/o DANAKODI (Ms)Gowri has more than 27 years of early childhood field experience.  She has worked as a classroom teacher, Principal, Curriculum writer, Pre-school Director, Trainer and Program Director. In her capacity, she has also developed curriculum, enrichment programmes, and mentoring projects. She has substantial experience working with children, educators in local & international schools and families from diverse backgrounds and nationalities in Singapore, India, Malaysia and Indonesia. 

Her specialized topics include Principles and Practices, Action Research,  Infants and Toddler Behaviour, Developing Self Awareness and Understand the Impact on Others and Development, Personal Growth and Professional Development and Communications with Parents, Family Members and Significant Others. 

As a lecturer, she is inspiring, engaging and is well received by students for the hands-on teaching approach.  She is a passionate advocate for children with special needs and her lifetime goal is to be an activist in the community to spread awareness and change lives of children who are different.

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YIP Kwai Heng, Lecturer, holds a MA in Early Childhood Studies from Roehampton University, a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a Focus on Literacy from Wheelock College, a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Singapore, and a Diploma in Early Childhood Studies from Singapore Institute of Management.
Kwai Heng has over 15 years of early childhood experience where she has held a professional portfolio, including teaching young children, managing child care centres as well as mentoring pre- and in-service teachers.  
Kwai Heng currently teaches the certificate and diploma programmes.  She also conducts Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops for early childhood educators on teacher-child interaction, classroom management and observation and assessment of children.

叶桂馨现担任新苗师范学院讲师,拥有英国Roehampton University学前教育学文学硕士学位, Wheelock College学前教育学学士学位,新加坡国立大学商科学士学位与新加坡管理学院学前教育大专文凭。桂馨在幼教领域里耕耘了15年,有丰富的幼教教学、辅导幼师以及管理幼儿园的经验。目前她在新苗负责教学的科目有隶属于大专课程的学前教育环境创设、探索世界和学前教育课程设计;隶属于证书课程的个人专业素养、家园与社区合作技巧;以及隶属于持续专业发展工作坊的师幼互动、课堂管理与幼儿观察和评估。

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Rajalachime Gunathilakan (MEd, ECE), Lecturer, has had more than 20 years of experience in the early childhood field as a Kindergarten Teacher and Principal. She has previously served as a Quality Assurance Officer, Curriculum Specialist and Trainer in Early Childhood Care and Education and has conducted workshops for educators and parents on topics such as Play, Numeracy, Classroom Management & Observation and documentation of children’s progress.

At SEED Institute, Rajalachime specializes in early childhood topics such as Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education, Play and the Young Child, Mathematics for the Young Child and also supervising student teachers in their field practicum. At degree level, she teaches Transitions to Primary School. 

Conference Presentation
PECERA Conference, July 2012, Singapore & MCYS Child Care Seminar, Oct 2012, Singapore: An examination of children’s transition to primary school: Voices of teachers, parents and children.  Paper published in ECDA’s inaugural issue of Beanstalk Magazine (Oct-Dec 2013).

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Dr. Yvonne CHAN PhD, Lecturer, has more than 15 years as Teacher, Principal and Lecturer in the early childhood field.  Her specialized topics include Safety. Health and Nutrition, Social and Emotional Development, Teacher as Researcher, Action Research and Current Issues in Curriculum Development and Implementation at certificate, diploma, degree and masters level programmes.

Yvonne has published in peer-reviewed magazines, journals and government websites as well as presented research papers locally and at international conferences. Her research interest lies in the areas of promoting well-being and developing resilience in young children and managing educational change.

Conference presentation:
EC Conference and Carnival 2015, Singapore: The 7Cs Well-being Program to promoting well-being and developing resilience in preschool children.
PECERA, Jul 2015, Singapore & MCYS Childcare Seminar, Oct 2012 Singapore: I AM, I HAVE, I CAN: A Singapore study on promoting well-being and developing resilience in preschool children.

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Dr. LIN An Chi, PhD, Lecturer, holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, specialising in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University, USA; Master of Education from Arizona State University; Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood Education, and Kindergarten Teacher Diploma from National Taipei Teachers College, Taiwan.
 
An Chi has been in the early childhood field for more than 15 years. She has taught early childhood education courses and supervised student field practicum. In addition, she has worked as academic director and classroom teacher in Taiwan and the U.S. for years. Her research interests include young children’s development and learning, language development, social and emotional development, play education, and parenting education.
 
An Chi specialises in early childhood modules such as Play and the Young Child, Designing Learning Environment, Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education, and Social and Emotional Development. She also teaches the topic on teaching and learning at the bachelor’s degree level. An Chi is passionate in empowering students to become confident and proactive early childhood educators.

林安琪是新苗师范学院的全职讲师。美国亚利桑那州立大学 (Arizona State University) 哲学博士,主修学前教育;美国亚利桑那州立大学教育硕士学位,及台湾国立台北师范学院幼儿教育学士学位。她在幼教邻域深耕十五年以上,拥有多年教授幼儿教育课程及实习辅导经验,亦曾于台湾及美国担任幼教第一线幼儿园主任及幼教老师,与孩子为伍。研究兴趣包括儿童发展与学习、学前教育课程与环境设计、学前儿童语文发展、社会情绪发展、游戏 (Play) 教育、亲职教育等。

目前在新苗师范学院负责教学的科目为大专课程包括幼儿与游戏、学前教育环境创设、学前教育课程设计、幼儿的社会性与情绪发展。以及,新跃大学的本科课程:“教与学”。她关注、热爱幼儿,希望透过课程激发学员成为积极自信的幼教老师,为幼儿提供愉快的学习经验。

Field Practicum


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Amy LEK , Senior Field Practicum Facilitator, for more than 24 years, Amy has worked and served in various capacities, including being a preschool Teacher, Senior Teacher, Curriculum Planner, Vice Principal and Principal.

As an early childhood professional who has a strong passion for children, she firmly believes that the emotional state of a child is crucial to holistic development, that is,  a secure child would follow his or her curiosity to explore and learn from the surrounding. 

In her current role as the Lead in the field practicum team, Amy works closely with mentors and field supervisors to design the field supervision content and establish systems to operationalize field practicum for both certificate and diploma students. She and her team also identify and assess field placements. She also conducts briefings for students and work with both field supervisors and mentors to level up their competencies. 

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MENG Yan Yan, Chinese Programme Coordinator and Field
Practicum Facilitator, has 7 years of teaching experience and 5 years of adult training experience in the early childhood field. She specializes in early childhood topics such as Personal and Professional Development in Early Childhood Setting and Field Practicum. 

As Chinese programme Coordinator, she liaise with faculty and curriculum writers to conduct reviews, coordinates translation and content updates for all Chinese programmes to ensure content quality and keeping up with policy and landscape changes. As a Field Practicum Facilitator, she conducts briefings for both students and mentors, carries out field practicum supervision and liaison work with preschools.   

孟艳燕是新苗师范学院华文课程执行员和教育实习协调员。她的硕士《语言与应用语言学》专业,毕业于暨南大学;本科物理专业,毕业于辽宁教育学院;大专学前教育专业,毕业于智源教育学院和北京师范大学联合办学的双文凭课程。 

艳燕具有7年的幼教经验,同时具有5年的学前幼教华文老师的培训与教育实习督导的经验。 她擅长单元《教师的个人素养与专业发展》的教学和教育实习的督导。 目前,她负责所有华文项目的协调工作,同时对实习生和实习督导员进行实习简报、教育实习督导及实习中心的评审工作。 另外,她也负责与实习导师的协调及对新实习导师的培训。

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Sarene TAN , Field Practicum Facilitator, her passion for early childhood education remains strong for the past 26 years evolving from an Assistant Teacher, Teacher, Senior Teacher, Principal, Trainer and Practicum Field Supervisor.  

Her repertoire extends to designing pre-school curriculum, planning and developing integrated curriculum and project work. Besides working with staff, children and families, she also conducts in-housing training for teachers and principals in both kindergarten and childcare centres. Sarene encourages all early childhood educators to ‘discover the treasures of little lives being touched and the satisfaction derived to be a part in their lives.’

Sarene conducts tutorials, centre visits, field practicum supervision and serves as a field practicum co-ordinator for Ngee Ann Polytechnic students. She reviews the systems to make continual improvements to provide a positive and enriching field practicum experience for the poly students. 

Centre for Research & Best Practices


Dr Sheela WARRIER, Senior Research Associate, obtained her PhD from the University of South Australia and has been working in the early childhood profession for over 10 years. She has worked with families from different countries and cultures and her experiences include working with children aged 2 to 7 years, mentoring adult trainee teachers, developing play resources for young children and conducting workshops for teachers and parents. 

 Sheela's interest in the rights of the child has led her to conduct rigorous research on the representation of the children in the Singapore media. She has co-authored journal articles, a book chapter and presented her paper at a conference at Oxford University.
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Mandy GOH , Research Associate, having been in the early childhood profession for more than 30 years, Mandy’s experiences include being a preschool Teacher, Supervisor, Kindergarten Principal, Coordinator, and Trainer.  Mandy has also worked in Jakarta as Kindergarten Principal cum Trainer. 

Mandy’s leadership roles include conducting creative workshops for teachers, parents, corporate officers and teens working with children in student community projects and public libraries. In the past 10 years, she had been involved in exchanged programmes in several pre-schools in Taiwan, Hong Kong and New Zealand.  

Currently, Mandy conducts research and supports faculty in their research processes.  Her research interests include: observation of young children, documenting and assessing observation for quality early childhood curriculum. She also supports Emeritus Professor Marjory Ebbeck in all her major research from conceptualization to publication. 

Conference Presentation
ECDA Conference, Nov 2013, Singapore: Observations as the Basis for Curriculum Decision Making.

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Wendy TOH, Research Associate, effectively bilingual, Wendy has been working on research projects focusing on Chinese language education, oral language proficiency and story based curriculum from conceptualization to publication for the past 8 years. Her research interests include early childhood bilingualism, early language acquisition/learning and early literacy.

Currently, apart from working on research projects, Wendy also supports SEED faculty in their research work including the project on Cognitively oriented curriculum funded by Lien Foundation. 

Conference Presentation
ECDA Conference, Nov 2013, Singapore: Observations as the Basis for Curriculum Decision Making.