Dr Daniel Chua​

Executive Director and Head of Curriculum

BA Hon (Ed), MA (Soc Studies), PhD (History)
Before founding Cognitus Academy, he was a teacher and Head of Department at Saint Hilda’s Primary School. Since leaving the Ministry of Education (MOE), he has earned a PhD in history from the Australian National University (ANU) and taught Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral students in Australia and Singapore
As a seasoned PSLE exam marker and innovative educator, Dr. Chua guided his inaugural Primary 6 class to achieve at least an A grade, with 82% scoring A* for the PSLE English Examinations. 
Trained to teach high-ability learners, Dr. Chua also coached students in Future Problem Solving, an enrichment programme for Primary Gifted Education Programme (GEP) students.
In recognition of his dedication, he was awarded the Caring Teacher Award and was also a finalist for the inaugural Inspiring Teacher of English Award.​
A scholar of Southeast Asia, Dr. Chua comments on regional affairs such as the South China Sea disputes, ASEAN and regional politics. He is currently an adjunct fellow at NTU and serves as a consultant to MOE’s Curriculum Planning and Development Division.
He was also an adjunct lecturer at the National Institute of Education (NIE) where he conducted pedagogy courses for trainee teachers. He continues to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses at NTU.
Led by Dr Chua, Cognitus Academy brings together a team of dedicated teachers with rich experience and deep expertise in teaching English in MOE schools.
Education and Qualifications (CEC)
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Education), NIE, NTU
Master of Arts (Social Studies), NIE, NTU
Doctor of Philosophy (History), ANU
Other Certifications and Training
Certificate in Teaching Pupils with High Ability, NIE, NTU
Accredited Future Problem Solving (FPS) Coach and Evaluator
Certificate Course on the Rules and Conventions of English Grammar (Primary), SEAMEO RELC
Registered Teacher with the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Teacher Counsellor, MOE
A frequent contributor, Dr Chua’s commentaries have been published in The Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia and international outlets. A list of publications can be found here.

Caring Teacher Award, NIE
Finalist, Inspiring Teacher of English, MOE
Fulbright Research Award, US Embassy in Singapore


Student All-Round Development Award
School Excellence Award
Consultancies and Affiliations
Adjunct Fellow, RSIS, NTU
Member, Editorial Board, POINTER: Journal of the Singapore Armed Forces
Consultant, Curriculum Planning and Development Division, MOE (Ad-hoc)
Consultant for commercial entities (Ad-hoc)
Affiliate, SAF-NTU Academy

Ms Nawirah Nordeen​

Education Consultant

BA Hon (Psychology) Magna Cum Laude
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

Education Consultant

BA Hon (Philosophy)
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.

Hear What Our Parents Say

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"Benjamin enjoys each lesson tremendously and finds topics discussed during lessons improve his general knowledge. He has also grown more confident."
Parent of
Benjamin, Primary 5
"Thanks to Cognitus, I see the progress of my child. Got his confidence on composition."
Parent of
Takuya, Primary 6
"Ms Nawirah is very passionate and nuturing. My son enjoys attending Ms Nawirah's lessons. Under her guidance, he is able to write and do well in his composition test, how amazing is that!”
Parent of
Aidan, Primary 3
"Emily enjoys going for class every week. Dr Chua makes the learning process fun and interesting that Emily enjoys being taught by him, and always shares her positive experiences. Emily enjoys the company of the classmates in Cognitus and she is self-motivated to complete her assignment with quality to win a thumbs-up from her tutor."
Parent of
Emily, Primary 6

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