Five teachers have been given national honours for being inspirational young educators at the Teachers' Investiture Ceremony.
Tuesday, 09 July 2013
Channel NewsAsia (Online)
Five teachers have been given national honours for being inspirational young educators.
The teachers received the Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA) from Education Minister Heng Swee Keat at the Teachers' Investiture Ceremony on Tuesday.
Of the five recipients, two are primary school teachers, two secondary school teachers, and one teaches at a junior college.
They are Ms Pamela Tham Xin-Yi, 26, from Eunos Primary School; Ms Felicia Eng Li Yun, 32, from Jing Shan Primary School; Ms Haryati Hassan, 31, from Geylang Methodist School (Secondary); Ms Elissa Goh Yi Ling, 27, from New Town Secondary School and Mr Low Kian Seh, 34, from Temasek Junior College.
The five recipients were selected from 670 teachers who were nominated by schools and members of the public.
They were then selected by a panel comprising representatives from the Education Ministry, the National Institute of Education and the National Youth Council.
Besides receiving a trophy and certificate, the five awardees will also be fully sponsored to attend an overseas professional development programme.
Mr Heng said these teachers share a few key qualities, in that they are always finding new ways to inspire their students, and displaying team spirit when working with other teachers.
He said they also engage parents and effectively use community resources to help students.
Mr Heng said: "Most of all, they show that they care, and they care deeply about the profession. The dedication and enthusiasm displayed by these awardees, be it in the designing of meaningful learning experiences, or collaboration in research and innovation, or the building of partnerships with parents and the community, is testimony to our young teachers' commitment and professionalism. "
Mr Heng also said that through the Our Singapore Conversation session, many Singaporeans have said they want a Singapore with a strong sense of community, where each person does his or her part to help others succeed.
He said teachers are role models and are special, helping each cohort of students become the best they can be.
Over the week, about 2,000 new teachers will officially join the teaching fraternity.
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Source: Channel NewsAsia (Online), mediacorp