Under the mantle of its first pioneer Cynthia Ngui and second principal Stephanie Wong, the educators at Tadika Juara Cerdik have experienced immense satisfaction in working with children, and received ongoing opportunities for self-development.
Ruby Lee had been working in the legal field for 20 years before she joined Tadika Juara Cerdik in 2003 as a teacher. Today, she is a supervisor for the Age 3 classes.
“In the beginning, I had to learn a lot from scratch, which meant readjusting and changing my mindset from working in an orderly office environment to a much more chaotic pre-school setting. There were lots of rules and regulations to adapt to, but I learned the most through my colleagues who were like on-the-job-tutors. They patiently taught and corrected me along the way. We worked as a team, and I did not walk alone. Most importantly, I realise that God helped me along throughout this journey.
“I believe that children are our future. Teaching and instilling good values and character, when done at an early age, will translate to good benefits and rewards in the future.
“We are also very fortunate to have many parents who have placed confidence on us teachers as their child’s first educators. Partnering with us for the child’s benefit has helped so much in their growth,” says Ruby who is a wife and mother herself.
Alicia Kong had been working as an educator in four other kindergartens for 16 years before entering Tadika Juara Cerdik. Starting off as a teacher in 2000, she is currently a subject teacher for centre learning.
“Having been a kindergarten teacher before, I was very keen to learn and use the Fungates System of Preschool of Education, as I had heard so much about it. My involvement in TJC was very much linked to this interest. With the other teachers, I had the opportunity to attend Fungates Eduweek, meetings with Dr Shan and TJC in-house workshops that were key to develop my orientation toward the Fungates system.
“As an educator, I found the system fun and exciting, with attractive teaching aids, hands-on and creative approaches. I personally think that it is the best syllabus compared to the others used by the kindergartens I was previously attached to.
“What is really special about my teaching experience here is that I am involved in cultivating a relationship with God from a young age through Bible lessons and prayer,” says Alicia, who has cumulative experience as a child educator for 30 years.