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Teachers & Administrators

  • Dato' Azmi Chairman of Paragon Education Board of Governors

    Dato' Mohd Azmi Istamat is the Chairman of the Board of Governors for Paragon Private School (Primary and Secondary) in Johor Bahru. Prior to this, he worked as a government servant for 20 years holding the last position as Deputy Director, Private Education Division, Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE). His core expertise is on planning and managing the implementation of private education policy; registration and monitoring the institution compliance under Act 550 (Education Act 1996) including the enforcement under the Act; and execute strategic planning in promoting private education institutions (PEI) for local and international perspective cover countries such as Indonesia (Jakarta and Bandung), China (Beijing) and Vietnam.

    Dato' Mohd Azmi Istamat was involved in reviewing the current private education to transform the private education landscape under the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) Lab and especially under TERAJU Lab to increase the capacity in building private education institutions.

    Dato' Mohd Azmi Istamat has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from University Utara Malaysia He also possessed a Bachelor in Academy (Hons) from University Kebangsaaan Malaysia (UKM) and a preferred qualification of Diploma in Education (Hons).

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  • Dr Fong Ho Kheong Member of Paragon Education Board of Governors

    Dr Fong obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree from King's College London, University of London, specialising in mathematics education. He taught at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University Singapore for 24 years. He is not only the Founder of BrainBuilder but also Founder of the Association of Maths Educators, Singapore. His foresight in setting up the Association has contributed significantly to maths education in Singapore.

    Dr Fong is an international renowned maths book author. He is the consultant and principal author of the most popular Maths series ‘My Pals Are Here Mathematics' that is used by 80% of Singapore's primary schools. The series is also widely used globally. The maths series is adapted to the USA curriculum and renamed as Math in Focus and to the UK curriculum as Inspire Maths.

    Dr Fong had pioneered the use of various innovative heuristics approach for solving challenging mathematical problems at primary levels and published two books (Model Drawing and Heuristics) using these strategies. Together with My Pals Are Here Mathematics, these books have contributed significantly to Singapore's success in international maths competitions and studies such as the TIMSS and PISA.

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  • Ms Lee Hian School Director of Paragon Education

    Highly qualified with 1st Class Honours and Masters Degree, Ms. Lee Hian leads Beacon International College, Singapore with more than 30 years of teaching and course management experience. She attained her Masters Degrees: M.Sc. Physics, Gold Award from Nanyang University, Singapore and M.Sc. Computing from University of Manchester, UK.

    Ms Lee Hian was an IT Professional from 1972 –1984. She joined Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore as a Senior Lecturer from 1984 –2003. She has 6 years experience as a Course Manager for BTEC programmes and for 5 years she was the SQC Departmental Management Representative for the School of ICT in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. She ran as the President of the student counselling committee for 2 terms during her service with Ngee Ann Polytechnic. In 2004, Ms Lee Hian founded Beacon International College (fka Beacon School of Technology), a private education institution which is registered (ERF) with the Council for Private Education (CPE) in Singapore.

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  • Dr Lee Khai Ling Head of Student Affairs

    Dr Lee is currently the Head of Student Affairs at Paragon Private and International School in Johor Bahru. She is a resourceful and energetic educator who has been helping students and their parents to understand their strengths to cope with their learning difficulties by using counselling approaches.

    Dr Lee obtained her Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Technology, Malaysia, specialising in Guidance and Counselling. She holds a Master of Educational Studies from The University of Newcastle, Australia, specialising in Art Education. She has published research papers on using Visual Arts as a Counselling Approach in British Journal of Guidance & Counselling and Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a registered counsellor, she has 13 years of lecturing and counselling experiences ranging from university to international schools.

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  • Ms. Abigail Chin Head of Department (English)

    Abigail commences in the position of Head of the English Department in 2015 and brings 30 years of holistic experience in education. Abigail was born in Penang and studied in the Convent Light Street. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English Language in 1984.

    She worked as a Government school teacher for 10 years before moving into private education. She was heading and teaching Australian Programmes for a period of 8 years. She moved to Singapore's international education scene for 6 years with exposure in teaching Singapore Cambridge and IGCSE. She was pivotal in pioneering educational projects both in Malaysia and Singapore. She has received many professional certificates in education while she was in Singapore.

    Her English language teaching exposure ranged from pre-school education till tertiary education. She is passionate about providing creative, fun and interesting English lessons in schools. Abigail believes in supporting families in the all-round development of their children, and therefore encourages school and family connections and partnerships in education.

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  • Ms. Rabiah Salwa Head of Department (Science)

    Rabiah Salwa binti Ismail is currently the Head of Department (Science) of Paragon Private and International School in Johor Bahru. She is an enthusiastic, dedicated, ambitious and goal-driven educator with 7 years hands-on experience in private and international school and university level teaching.

    Ms Rabiah acquired relevant professional education and training to get the right concepts of teaching with documented and quantified success in providing activities and materials that engage and challenge the students intellectually. She is also adept at managing multiple tasks simultaneously such as planning, setting, evaluating exams and assignments as well as actively taking part in staff meetings and school programs. She possesses a positive and effective teaching style with the willingness to work above and beyond the call of duty. Ms Rabiah graduated with a Master Degree in Biology (Master of Science by Research) scholar by US funding agency and a Degree in Biology.

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