Learning from the Very Best
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
HO Yin Fong (MSc) is the Academic Director of SEED Institute. She holds a Masters of Science in Child Development and Early Childhood Education, and has had over 25 years of experience in the early childhood education field.
Providing 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.
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 oversees 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.
Professor Emeritus Marjory EBBECK PhD, MA, M. Ed (Admin) Graduate Diploma in TESOL, TITC. Professor Ebbeck has recently retired from the University of South Australia. For contributing significantly to the University as well as to the early childhood field, an honorary award of Professor Emeritus was conferred on her by the University.
Professor Ebbeck has represented the University of South Australia 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 in excellence award. She was also Program Director of the M Ed (ECE) and Coordinator of Research Degrees. Professor Ebbeck has been the recipient of many individual teaching excellence awards, the most recent being in 2008 for respect and support for the development of the individual student.
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 SEED Institute’s Centre for Research and Best Practices and has mentored both faculty and teachers to spearhead a series of research projects, develop curriculum, produced articles in journals, produced artifacts, and present in both local and international conferences.
Deputy Directors & Head of Departments
Dr KOK Siat Yeow Ed.D, Deputy Director (Programmes – Office of Academic Affairs), supports the Academic Director in overseeing the design, development and delivery of all academic programmes at SEED Institute. She leads in the development and delivery of the Continuing Professional Development courses for in-service teachers and leaders.
Siat Yeow has had more than 20 years of teaching, supervisory and administrative experience in her role as childcare teacher and supervisor of childcare centres. Siat Yeow specializes in curriculum planning, language arts and parent involvement in early childhood education. She conducts parenting talks and contributes articles to parenting magazines.
Siat Yeow conducts Train-the-Trainer programmes for early childhood educators, government officers and policy makers from different parts of the world under the Singapore Technical Co-operation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNICEF. She has also conducted training for early childhood educators in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and India. From 2008 to 2013, she is the Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood’s (ARNEC) Steering Committee Chairperson and has led in many regional projects and international conferences.
LOW Siew Hong, Head (Centre for Professional Qualification), holds a Bachelor of Science in Kindergarten and Elementary Education as well as, a Masters in Early Childhood Care and Education. She has more than 30 years of experience in the early childhood industry, and is in-charge of the quality delivery of professional qualification programmes from certificate to diploma, and mentoring the faculty to deliver the courses.
Siew Hong’s belief in quality education for children is seen through her work as a curriculum specialist. She developed educational frameworks and teaching plans for My First Skool, PCF, AMP and SINDA, with a strong focus on early childhood curriculum and student teaching. Accomplished in professional training, she has designed and conducted workshops for parents, teachers, principals and social workers. She is an active volunteer in the local community having supported the AMP, CDAC and SINDA in projects for children and parents. Her repertoire extends overseas to Vietnam and Myanmar where she has led training workshops for early childhood educators, parents and social workers.
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
Ginia NG Sook Hoon , Senior Lecturer (Chinese programmes) cum Head, Chinese Programmes, graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Masters of Education, specializing in Chinese Language. She also holds a Bachelor of Education from Beijing Normal University, China, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies at East Normal University, China.
Having more than 20 years of early childhood experience, she was a kindergarten Chinese language teacher, childcare senior teacher and childcare centre manager. Since 1996, she has been sharing her teaching experiences with pre-school teachers from certificate to degree level. She is also a prolific writer who had composed 64 copies of Chinese readers for young children and a set of pre-school Chinese language teaching aids.
Ginia oversees the design and delivery of the Chinese training curriculum for preschool teachers from diploma to degree levels at SEED Institute. Her professional interests 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.
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，
Juliana NG-FURTADO, Senior Lecturer, with 19 years of experience prior to her employment with SEED Institute. Juliana teaches at SEED Institute and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in the Diploma courses to both in-service and pre-service teachers. She specializes in Human Growth and Development, Play and the Young Child, Social and Emotional Development and field practicum. At UniSIM, Juliana teaches Child Growth and Development.
Besides teaching, Juliana writes for parenting magazines on articles 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). She has also undertaken research projects and presented research papers, both locally and at international conferences.
Millicent Nargis Bawany, Senior Lecturer, holds a Master of Education from Monash University, Australia. With 26 years of experience in the Preschool Education field, her knowledge encompasses that of being 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 counseling and leading workshops.
She 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. She has also undertaken research projects and presented research papers, both locally and at international conferences.
Mona TAN, Senior Lecturer, has over 15 years of experience working in the early childhood education field.
Mona holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care – Teaching and Leadership. She also graduated with a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia with a first class honours and was also conferred the Dean’s List for academic excellence. In 2009, Mona graduated with a Master in Education from the University of South Australia.
In her last appointment in a preschool organisation, Mona has had the opportunity to setup more than 50 preschool centres from conception to completion, plan and train staff locally and overseas, both in environment layout and curriculum planning and implementation in countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, India and China.
She specializes in Sports and Fitness for Young Children, Discovery of the World, Mathematics for Young Children, Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education. At degree level, she teaches Current Issues in Curriculum Development and Implementation.
Sukuna SUPPIAH (MEd), Senior Lecturer, holds a Master of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Studies both from University of Melbourne, with a first degree in Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature from the University of Madras, India.
She has more than 15 years of experience in the early childhood field as a teacher working both in Singapore and Australia. She has special interest in teaching 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 and led teams of students to present in conferences on action research projects.
Sukuna is currently on Sabbatical Leave pursuing her PhD at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Suraya SAIDON (MEd, ECE), Senior Lecturer, obtained both her Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from the University of South Australia, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She has more than 20 years of experience in the early childhood field - working her way up from a teacher to a principal and administrator of kindergartens.
She has been involved in special projects in various organizations pertaining to early childhood education and has been an adjunct lecturer and field practicum supervisor with SEED Institute for several years before joining them as a full-time trainer in 2008. She has special interest in teaching leadership modules such as 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.
WONG Lee Lan(MSc), Senior Lecturer, holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education (Wheelock College) and Bachelor in English (Brigham Young University). Her interest in early childhood education and care has spanned over 3 decades thus far in direct service with young children, curriculum development, preschool teacher-education as well as supervising and mentoring teachers of young children.
An advocate in play and reading, Lee Lan has been conducting parent education workshops and giving talks in the community for interested parties. Previously, she had also worked as a reading tutor (College of Reading and Learning Assistance-USA) and was the Director of Pedagogy with a private institution.
She specializes in early childhood topics like English for Academic Purposes, Language Arts in the Early Years, Human Growth and Development, Play and the Young Child, and Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education. At degree level, she teaches Play and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education.
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.
HUANG Fang, Senior Lecturer (Chinese programmes), holds a Master degree of Science in early childhood education from Wheelock College, a Master degree of Science from Jinan University and a Bachelor degree of Science from Beijing Normal University, P.R. China, Diploma in preschool education-teaching (Chinese) from KLC & Beijing Normal University.
She has 14 years of teaching and leadership experience in the early childhood field- working her way up from a Chinese teacher to Senior Manager of a company. At the same time, she also has 10 years of adult training experience in the early childhood field. Before entering the early childhood field, she had 16 years of experience as a Biological Scientist.
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 Teaching and Learning and Lifespan Development. She enjoys thinking independently and cultivating students’ problem solving skills.
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。
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.
Mrs Pat LIM, Lecturer, with a Master in Social Science (Professional Counselling), Master of Science (Early Childhood Education), and Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering). She 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. She has also undertaken research projects and presented research papers, both locally and at international conferences.
R. Vathsala NAIDU (MEd, ECE), Lecturer, holds a Masters in Education in Early Childhood Education and receiving the Top Student Award from James Cook University, (Australia). She has also obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in Childhood and Family Education from Edith Cowan University, (Australia).
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. 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 professional interests 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. She has also undertaken research projects and presented research papers, both locally and at international conferences.
Rajalachime Gunathilakan (MEd, ECE), Lecturer, obtained both her Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from the University of South Australia, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She 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. She has also undertaken research projects and presented research papers, both locally and at international conferences.
Dr. Yvonne CHAN PhD, Lecturer, holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia with a first class honours and was also conferred Dean's List for academic excellence in 2005. She has also obtained a Masters degree in Early Childhood from Macquarie University under its international scholarship. Yvonne teaches Safety. Health and Nutrition, Social and Emotional Development, Teacher as Researcher, Action Research and Current Issues in Curriculum Development and Implementation at certificate, diploma and degree programmes.
With more than 12 years early childhood experience in the early childhood, Yvonne has built a strong portfolio as teacher, principal and faculty member. While pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Sydney, Yvonne taught in the Masters and Degree 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.
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。
Amy LEK , Senior Field Practicum Facilitator, has a strong passion in working with young children and has been in the early childhood education field since 1987. She has completed her Bachelor degree in Early Childhood with Queensland University of Technology in the year 2005.
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, she firmly believes that the emotional state of a child is crucial to holistic development -- as a secure child would follow his or her curiosity to explore and learn from the surrounding.
In her current role as part of the Field Practicum team, Amy works closely with mentors and field supervisors in providing support to the student teachers during their field practicum attachment. She also conducts briefings for students and mentors.
MENG Yan Yan, Chinese Programme Coordinator and Field
Practicum Facilitator, holds a Master degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Jinan University, Bachelor of Science in Physics from Liaoning Education College and a Diploma in Preschool Education - Teaching (Chinese) from KLC School of Education and Beijing Normal University.
Yan Yan 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.
Currently, she coordinates all the Chinese language programmes, conducts briefings for both students and mentors, conducting field practicum supervision and liaison work with preschools.
Sarene TAN , Field Practicum Facilitator, holds a Master of Education in Early Childhood from Queensland University of Technology, Australia (QUT). She conducts tutorials, centre visits, field practicum supervision and serves as a field practicum co-ordinator to Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
Her passion for early childhood education remains strong for the past 26 years evolving from an assistant teacher, teacher, senior teacher, principal, adult educator 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.’
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.
Mandy GOH , Research Associate, holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies from University of Melbourne, Australia. She conducts research studies and supports faculty in their research processes. Her research interests include: observation of young children, documenting and assessing observation for quality early childhood curriculum.
Having been in the early childhood profession for more than 30 years, her 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.
Wendy TOH, Research Associate, holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours), majoring in Chinese Language and Sociology, from the National University of Singapore.
Currently, apart from working on research projects, she also supports SEED faculty in their research work including the project on Cognitively oriented curriculum funded by Lien Foundation.
Effectively bilingual, for the past 8 years, she has been working with young children in research projects focusing on Chinese language education, oral language proficiency and story based curriculum. Her research interests include early childhood bilingualism, early language acquisition/learning and early literacy.