Faculty Experts

NIEC brings together the diverse expertise and rich ground experience of the EC faculty in our four campuses (ITE, NP, TP and City) to deliver quality courses and unified foundational training for aspiring EC educators.

 

Meet some of them below.

Professional Development

Dr Kok Siat Yeow

Deputy Campus Head, NIEC (City)

Dr. Kok Siat Yeow has had more than 15 years of teaching, supervisory and administrative experience in her role as childcare teacher and supervisor of childcare centres. She completed her Doctorate in Education in 2011 and her thesis was on developing cognitive functions and enhancing learning effectiveness in preschool children. Dr. Kok has been overseeing the development of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for teachers and leaders.

Chinese Language

Dr Ng Sok Hoon Ginia

Senior Lecturer, Chinese Programmes, NIEC (City)

Dr. Ng's teaching and research areas include Chinese Language and Literacy in early childhood, Principle and Practices in Early Childhood Education, Child Development and children's visual art education. She also teaches the Bachelor in Early Childhood Chinese Education degree programme at the Singapore University of Social Science. The prolific writer of 3 series of Chinese readers for young children and teaching aids has always worked within the early childhood sector.

Malay Language

Dr Raudhah Yahya

Lecturer, NIEC (NP)

Dr. Raudhah received her Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Her teaching experiences in Singapore, Canada and Oman involve engaging learners with diverse needs and abilities. Her research interests include play pedagogy, home-school discourses, children's thinking, teachers’ beliefs and practices, and inclusive practices in school. She has been invited to share her expertise at Malay language events such as PAP Community Foundation (PCF)'s Malay Language Teachers Seminar and the Malay sessions at the Mother Tongue Language Symposium.

Tamil Language

Ms Maygalai K. Pannirselvam

Course Chair of Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education, NIEC (NP)

Ms Maygalai, who has over 10 years of experience in the early childhood sector, leads the TSE faculty curriculum planning and in designing and implementing purposeful learning experiences for the students. The recipient of several teaching awards ensures students are equipped with the needed knowledge, skills and aptitude to be a competent early childhood professional, specialising in Tamil teaching.

Arts Education, Pedagogy and Research

Dr Winston Ang

Campus Head, NIEC (TP)

Dr. Ang has served the education field for over 25 years and has held various positions, including Chair of the Visual Arts programme at the National Institute of Education-Nanyang Technological University. He has worked with the Ministry of Social and Family Development to develop a framework for rehabilitation through the arts, been an advisor for art bodies and volunteers his expertise to organisations such as the Very Special Arts-Singapore and the Singapore Prison Service. His extensive experience in the arts comes highly relevant for NIEC (TP), where the ECDE course comes with an optional Visual Arts track.

Birth to 3

Ms DK Gowri

Lecturer, NIEC (City)

Ms Gowri has more than 30 years of field experience as a classroom teacher, principal, curriculum writer, preschool director and trainer. She has developed many enrichment programmes for children from diverse backgrounds, including Singapore, India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Ms Gowri strongly believes in Continues Professional Development and she also believes that leading by example is her most powerful teaching tool. She specialises in Principles and Practices, Designing Learning environment, Action Research, Early Years and Professional Development.

Sectoral Leadership

Ms Siti Shaireen Selamat

Assistant Dean, Faculty & Leadership Development

Ms Shaireen has over 25 years of experience in the early childhood sector, including has a wide range of practical experience as a lecturer, principal, curriculum developer and preschool teacher. She has written for several early childhood publications, participating in research on culture, providing insights on leadership, and bridging the early childhood practice gap. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis, ‘Exploring early childhood leadership in Singapore from a policy to practice context’.