Head of Science; Director, Summer Academic Program
How long have you been teaching at Crescent? Since 1988; but who’s counting?
What motivated you to become a teacher? As a graduate student, I got a lot of joy as a laboratory instructor and as a teaching assistant. This pretty much did it for me.
Describe a significant experience in your career. I don’t think that my teaching career is punctuated by “stand-outs” but by solid, significant everyday experiences that continue to form me as an educator.
What is your philosophy of education? Got two hours? . . . Education is the fostering of learning. In the classroom the teacher teaches; he or she explains, provides opportunities for understanding and assigns practice. Students engage in the lesson; they ask questions and they understand. They take notes. At home, when students revise their notes, complete homework and otherwise study – they learn. Learning boils down to a lot of hard work, most of it with pen-and-paper.
Teaching career began in 1986 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; joined Crescent School faculty in 1988
Certificate of Achievement in 2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence
Co-author of four chemistry textbooks published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Published in Journal of Chemical Education
Regular contributor and member of editorial board for Chem 13 News magazine
Frequent presenter at conferences, including Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario, Chemical Institute of Canada and Toronto District School Board
Taught additional qualification courses for science teachers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) for eight years
Co-curricular activities at Crescent include leading international Outreach trips (India and Tanzania), and advising the photography club and the chemistry education research group, where students develop labs for the curriculum