Organisation Chart, Board Members & Teachers

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OrganiCAIC TESOL CE:TA ENGLISHsation Chart

Not only are our teachers fantastic teachers, they also live interesting lives. In fact, we all do. So learn a little more about our teachers, about your classmates and a little more about yourself.


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Academic Staff

Arthur Chiang - Prince of Learning

Well, hello! I’m Arthur and I’ve been involved in the Education and Learning & Development industry for more than 10 years. I have a blend of practising experience in ESL, ESP and academic teaching in public and private schools, teacher education, and the full spectrum of Learning and Development, and Education Quality Assurance works.

I’ve often been described as a ‘people developer’. I enjoy grooming emerging educators into high performers – especially in the areas of classroom teaching/training, curriculum design and development. Because of my strengths in visioning and influencing, I’ve also successfully expanded business portfolios by identifying new opportunities, synergising resources and collaborating with key stakeholders. What tingles me most is my ability to overcome challenges of working with people of diverse personalities (sometimes quirky!) – getting them to put aside their differences to achieve the common end goal.

On a personal note, I’m an animal lover, with a soft spot for the homeless ‘furry kids’.  Their easy contentment with the simple things in life is something that everyone could learn from.

Hazel Westney-  Diploma in TESOL, University of Cambridge CELTA

Two years ago a Japanese student taught me the saying, “ichigo ichie,” which can be translated as “treasure every encounter.” 

It isn’t easy to learn a new language, but the classroom can be a caring community, a place where we can build confidence and learn from each other. As a teacher, it is wonderful to see students use new language to share ideas, stories, traditions, experiences, and hopes with new friends from all over the world. 

As a younger person, I studied music, art history, English literature, and philosophy at the City University of New York and State University of New York. After working for charitable organizations for many years (in San Francisco and New York) as an administrator, manager, writer, and editor, I earned the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (University of Cambridge) and started teaching. I have also completed the professional development courses, “Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching” (University of Southampton) and “Professional Practices for English Language Teaching” (British Council). As a lifelong musician, I particularly enjoy teaching pronunciation and natural speech. 

My personal interests include the performing and visual arts, hiking, gardening, and, of course, travel!!

Why not . . . open the door and enter the classroom?  “ichigo, ichie”

Linda Barnes - University of Cambridge CELTA

In previous jobs I have taught children art and ceramics, worked for the government and served a pint or two of lager. Once I started teaching English I knew I had found the perfect job, I am very lucky to enjoy what I do. What I love most about teaching are the amazing people I meet and their interesting stories. I enjoy getting to know my students and we have a lot of fun in class as that is definitely the best way to learn.

Outside of work I love travelling, art, wine and have been known to knit a thing or two. I’m South African but I have also lived in England, Australia and now Singapore.

I teach the following: Certificate in General and Conversational English. Certificate in Conversational English and Pronunciation, Certificate in Workplace English and the Certificate in Pronunciation and Presentation.

Mimi Engstrom - BA in English, Diploma in Teaching.

I started my teaching career straight out of university moving from Florida, USA to taking up a post in Japan.  It was an incredible adventure being on my own and immersed in a new culture.  Moving to Singapore has enabled me to learn more about the diversity of people and the melting of cultures in one place.  I’ve been able to teach both children and adults over the course of the years as a teacher of English as a second language.  I gained new insights and skills after taking up the Cambridge International diploma for Teacher and Trainers in 2013.  What I enjoy most is getting to know the students. Every student, no matter what their background, comes together to gain new insight and improve their English skills.  We have fun sharing in the process.

Things I love outside of the classroom are: walking and hiking, baking, and various hand-crafts and occasionally poetry.  I have also been volunteering for a non-profit organization called Room To Read to promote global literacy since 2009.

I teach the following: Certificate in General and Conversational English. Certificate in Conversational English and Pronunciation.

Ronald Trevor Tan - University of Cambridge CELTA

Why not help students learn differently?

Having taught English to students from many countries for more than five years, I’m acutely aware of the different challenges they face in learning English. There’s no ‘best’ method of teaching. My approach, while generally communicative, varies based on students’ profiles and learning needs. I’ve taught General and Conversation English, Business and Academic English, and Workplace Literacy courses. My exposure in these areas over the years makes me a versatile language teacher.

As a lifelong learner, I invest in my own learning. After attaining the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge, I went on to complete the Cambridge Diploma in Teaching and Learning. As an accredited life coach with International Coach Federation (USA), I often employ coaching techniques in my classroom teaching, helping my students with holistic development on top of acquiring language skills.

I spent my earlier years travelling around the world with Singapore Airlines as a Chief Steward, learning about different cultures and people!

I teach the following:   Certificate in General and Conversational English. Certificate in Conversational English and Pronunciation, Certificate in Workplace English and the Certificate in Pronunciation and Presentation.

Richard Rowe - BA in Philosophy , University of Cambridge CELTA

I teach the following:  Certificate in General and Conversational English. Certificate in Conversational English and Pronunciation, Certificate in Workplace English and the Certificate in Pronunciation and Presentation.

Academic & Examination Board Members

Dr Amy Rashap

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Mr Chong Kok Jong

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Mr Arthur Elfin Chiang

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Directors

Mr Zak Salleh-Chew

Director of Direction

I believe an education centre needs to create an environment where making mistakes is OK.  Just don’t make the same mistakes!

I started this business from basically, my bedroom back in 2007. Within 3 years, I was running a CELTA centre, and taking on the biggest English teaching organisation in Singapore.

I am extremely proud of the journey of the school and most of all the involvement of our  employees in shaping things.  The future of the organisation is exciting with plans to include online teaching and competency based assessment. Culturally, we have and will include our employees in determining more facets of the business that are traditionally done by “senior management”. I do believe in work hard and go home.

All schools claim to be the best. Best teachers, best prices blah blah blah. Are we the best school in Singapore?  I’ll leave it to our students to judge. What I do know is we try our best and we are DEFINITELY different.