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OUR TEACHERS

Ms Nawirah Nordeen​

Education Consultant / Teacher

Biography
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 and secondary 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

Biography
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.

Ms Heidi Boon

Education Consultant / Teacher

Biography
Ms Heidi Boon has taught classes at the Vietnamese embassy and given private lessons to the ambassador’s children. As a certified MOE relief teacher, she has also taught at Anglo-Chinese School and River Valley High. Deeply passionate about the use and teaching of the English Language, Ms Boon also writes for online publications and bespoke articles for private clients.
 
Ms Boon graduated with a degree in English from the National University of Singapore, and has more than a decade of experience teaching English privately. She was also a teacher and centre manager for an established English Language centre.

Ms Ong

Education Consultant / Teacher

Biography
Ms Ong teaches English and mathematics in Cognitus Academy. A trained teacher, Ms Ong has taught in MOE schools for 12 years and has accumulated 15 years of teaching in private education settings. She has also received the Most Caring Teacher Award from the Academy of Teachers in Singapore for two consecutive years, as well as the Outstanding Teacher Award conferred by MOE, which is one of the most distinguished awards for recognising the professionalism of Singapore teachers.
Passionate about nurturing young minds, she believes that every child is unique and should be taught in their own way. Having been an educator for more than a decade, she believes that students thrive on encouragement to strive towards their personal best and achieve their goals.

 

Ms Ong is also a strong believer of developing her students’ values and virtues while guiding them towards academic success. For her dedication, creativity and effectiveness as a teacher, Ms Ong was nominated by parents and students for the prestigious Outstanding Youth in Education Award. Tireless in giving her best to her students, she received the Most Caring Teacher Award from the Academy of Teachers in Singapore for two consecutive years, as well as the Outstanding Teacher Award conferred by MOE, which is one of the most distinguished awards for recognising the professionalism of Singapore teachers.

 

A lifelong learner, Ms Ong enjoys reading education-related articles from international conferences to stay abreast of new approaches and innovative pedagogies.

Ms Daphne Sim

Education Consultant / Teacher

Biography
An inspiring English and Math teacher at Cognitus Academy, Daphne has always been guided by a great passion to master the subjects that she teaches and pedagogies to teach them better. Achieving distinctions for both English and Math subjects in her formative years has fuelled her lifelong interest in these subjects, developing her affinity with numbers combined with astute problem-solving skills.
Daphne’s own academic journey included seeing numbers applied in business settings and understanding human psychology, culminating in her decision to embark on a professional journey to teach a subject that she loves. Prior to joining Team Cognitus, Daphne taught English and Math to Primary and Secondary students through home-based private tuition and also at an established education centre. Students under her have thrived and found motivation to achieve stellar results and significant improvements.

 

A good listener, her students appreciate her open-mindedness and find her easy to confide in. Daphne believes that everyone deserves equal opportunities and should be treated fairly regardless of their background. It is no wonder that she is able to create an inspiring and engaging learning environment that enriches the lives of many students.

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.

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Cognitus Academy teachers are interviewed at least three times and must exhibit the following qualities:

✅ Professionalism
✅ Compassion
✅ Dedication
✅ Passionate
✅ Inquisitive

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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 4

"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

Our experienced teachers have consistently helped hundreds of students across

Primary, Secondary and Junior College levels improve on their English, Math and GP results.

Talk to us to find out how a trial lesson can set your child

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