Ministry of Education

Driven to (Help Others) Excel


Left: Chen Zhongyi | Right: Ong Sin Yee

It’s often said that passion drives us to success. We meet two teachers who show us how this desire can be used to fuel others to the same levels of success beyond the boundaries of school and into life.

By Kevin Lim

From the moment we meet Zhongyi and Sin Yee, this delightful duo makes us wish they were our teachers when we were still reciting the national anthem daily. The spark, passion, and genuine enthusiasm they have for the teaching profession, and more importantly, for the lives they influence every day, leave a lasting impression on us.

For Zhongyi, the importance of being a caring teacher was instilled not through books or lessons, but by example. When Zhongyi was younger, an accident landed him in hospital. During his hospitalisation, one of the events that made a profound impression on him was how his CCA teacher would frequently visit him in hospital and check on his progress, all in his own time.

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MOE - She’s Lovin’ It

Constant opportunities to stoke her students’ enthusiasm for their studies continually motivates this MOE scholar, whose passion for teaching was ignited at the age of 18.

By Tricia Chan

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Samantha Wong
Designation: History teacher, Meridian Junior College
Studied: History, University of Warwick

When Samantha Wong took an unexpected journey on a 13-hour flight to Heathrow six years ago, a boy cried and sang a song for her.

Six months earlier, Samantha, who was waiting for her ‘A’ level results, had taken up a relief teaching post at a neighbourhood school. The boy in question was a difficult student who initially wouldn’t respond to her efforts. However, Samantha slowly realised that his aloof exterior was a facade for hiding his problems at home.

“For the first time, I was exposed to students from backgrounds not as privileged as mine, who had things other than grades to worry about. They had to deal with domestic abuse, broken families, and making ends meet,” she says, highlighting how students today face more life issues than before, and teachers need to be both educators and life coaches. With patience and perseverance, the former Victoria Junior College student was able to get through to the student.

The eye-opening experience motivated her to make teaching a lifelong mission. So, she took up the Ministry of Education (MOE) Teaching Scholarship, which sent her to the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.

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MOE - My Teacher, The Trendsetter

One scholar got more than he’d hoped for when he applied for a PSC scholarship 10 years ago. He shares his life-changing journey…

By Tricia Chan

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Daniel Hue
Designation: Economics teacher, Anderson Junior College
Studied: Mathematics and Economics, Cornell University
Master’s in Economics, London School of Economics

Daniel Hue, a Public Service Commission (PSC) Overseas Merit (Teaching) scholar, is both a teacher and trailblazer.

Through the scholarship, he had the chance to study at Cornell University in the United States, and later crossed the Atlantic to do his master’s at the London School of Economics(LSE).

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MOE - From Sir, With Love

Someone who listens to his students and inspires them to be better people – that’s the type of teacher MOE scholar Alvin Chen aspires to be.

By Tricia Chan

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Alvin Chen
Designation: Mathematics and Physics teacher, Jurong West Secondary School
Studied: Physics and Mathematics, University of Bristol

From the way Mathematics teacher Alvin Chen rattles on about his classes, experiences and co-curricular activities (CCAs), you might be fooled into thinking he’s a seasoned veteran.

In reality, the recipient of the Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore Government Scholarship, now known as the Education Merit Scholarship, has been teaching for less than a year. Nevertheless, what the scholar has achieved in that short period of time has certainly been impressive.

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