Ms Nawirah Nordeen
Education Consultant / Teacher
Ms Nawirah Nordeen completed her degree in Psychology with Magna Cum Laude. Always passionate about teaching English and committed to her students, she has guided hundreds of students since she started teaching in 2012.
Ms Nawirah Nordeen teaches in the primary programme at Cognitus Academy. Having been an English tutor since 2012, she has developed a passion for teaching the language and a love for nurturing young learners.
As an avid reader and writer, Ms Nawirah continues to have a fascination for the English Language and enjoys sharing its nuances with others.
After achieving A* and A’s for her PSLE, she attended Tanjong Katong Girls’ School where her sterling O Level results opened doors for her to Meridian Junior College.
Inspired by her teachers and driven by a passion for the subject, Ms Nawirah aced her General Paper. After great ponderance at the post-A Levels crossroads, Ms Nawirah was led by a curiosity to understand human behaviour and eventually decided to read Psychology in university where she graduated in 2017 with Magna Cum Laude.
Apart from academic rigour, her Bachelor course gave her an opportunity to intern in London. Her internship with the UK government exposed her to multiple facets of British schools and affirmed her desire to connect and work with youths.
With proper guidance and diligence, Ms Nawirah believes that every student has the ability to unleash great potential. She strongly advocates for strong literacy and effective communication skills, which set up youths for lifelong success
Ms Shabbna Feroz Khan
Education Consultant / Teacher
Ms Shabbna earned her degree from the National University of Singapore, majoring in philosophy with a minor in English Literature. Before that, she achieved a sterling academic record for English scoring A* for PSLE, A1 for O Levels and 7 out of 7 for IB English at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).
An English Language and English Literature tutor since 2013, Shabbna strongly recognises that each child has a distinct voice and dedicates herself to honing and nurturing her students’ individual voices.
Academically, Shabbna has always excelled in the English Language and humanities. Attaining an A* and A1 for English Language in the PSLE and O Level examinations respectively, she headed to Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) where she graduated with an IB Diploma, scoring a 7 in English A1 at the Higher Level.
It was at the National University of Singapore that Shabbna found a discipline that quenched her thirst for knowledge – Philosophy. She values and encourages questioning and independent thinking, often employing the Socratic method in her teaching.
She supplemented her hunger for all things antiquity with a Minor in English Literature, which further fuelled her passion for the English Language. Every lesson she conducts becomes an opportunity to rub off good reading habits on her students.
With a strong inclination towards social service, Shabbna opted for an internship with the Ministry of Social and Family Development in 2013 where she saw first-hand the hardship some children had to endure. The experience still plays a key role in motivating her to work with children.
In every lesson, Shabbna wishes to impart her love for the language to her students, with the aim that they, too, will grow to develop their voice, speak, and be heard.
Cognitus Academy Teacher Training Programme
Teachers form the foundation of our English programmes and are screened meticulously and trained rigorously before they enter the classrooms to teach.
Having been a teacher trainer at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Dr Daniel Chua has not only crafted a solid curriculum for our students, but also an effective training programme for our teachers.
Cognitus Academy teachers are interviewed at least three times and must exhibit the following qualities:
All teachers appointed by Cognitus Academy undergo an intensive 3-month training programme in order to develop the following core competencies:
✅ Positive classroom culture
✅ Lesson preparation
✅ Lesson delivery
✅ Assessment and feedback
Whereas these competencies take months or even years to develop, the Teacher Training Programme puts the teacher on a strong footing at the start of their teaching journey.
During the training programme, teachers will be trained through the following modes:
Classroom observations (weekly for at least two months)
Reports of classroom observations and reflections (weekly)
Weekly review meetings with mentors
Weekly reading reports (see reading list below)
✅ Curriculum design exercises
✅ Diagnostic reports of students’ weaknesses
✅ Sterling results achieved in internally conducted English exams at the PSLE, O, and A-Levels.
(Note: Our teachers must be able to achieve strong results before expecting students to do so.)
Apart from honing their craft in teaching, our teachers must develop academic and philosophical roots in their pedagogy by studying the following materials in-depth.
✅ Singapore Chronicles: Education (S Gopinathan)
✅ Essential Motivation in the Classroom (Ian Gilbert)
✅ Critical Thinking (Paul and Elder)
✅ Dos and Don’ts of Behaviour Management (Roger Dunn)
✅ Designing a New Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (Marzano)
✅ The Quality School (Glasser)
✅ Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties (Winebrenner)
By the end of the training, every teacher is well-positioned to be successful as an educator for all students at Cognitus Academy.
For NIE-trained teachers who are interested to join the team at Cognitus Academy, please note that the training programme may be customised to complement your current expertise and experience.
Cognitus Academy invites all qualified, passionate and committed individuals to apply for the following positions.
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