A Positive Difference

A Positive Difference

Date
Sunday, 01 March 2015

Media Type
NIE News, March 2015, http://www.nie.edu.sg/nienews/mar15/?q=contents/a_positive_difference

By NIE Alumna, Ms Ou Niangtai Janice
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Above: Ms Janice Ou (right) receiving her graduation certificate from Ms Chan Lai Fung, Permanent Secretary (Education), Ministry of Education

Selected as Valedictorian of the Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony January 2015 graduand cohort and also a recipient of the NIE Gold Medal award, Ms Janice Ou says that one of the most unforgettable lessons for her during her young schooldays were her interactions with her teacher.

“It was not just one moment that resulted in change, but many such moments of positive encouragement and hard work on my teacher’s part that has moved me. I had a Math teacher in secondary school who believed in me and motivated me to strive for the better,” she explained. Such bittersweet memories have helped the Postgraduate Diploma in Education top performer admit that she is forever changed in her convictions toward teaching and how she wants to pursue her lifelong career.

She added: “I made the decision to become a teacher because I believe that education is a means to broaden one’s horizons and I want to be a part of that for others; just as how my teacher was to me.”

In her valedictory speech, she too encouraged her fellow peers to strive for the best and make a positive difference in their students’ lives.

This article first appeared in NIE's quarterly publication NIE News in March 2015.