Mrs Elaine Toh-Tan

I completed my Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Economics and Sociology on an accelerated two-year programme in 1998. I was awarded Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sociology in 1999. Upon completing my Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), I wanted to deepen my inter-disciplinary knowledge of our region and pursued my first Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. In 2014, I pursued a Master of Arts in Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, University College London, UK. I was awarded a Distinction in my M.A. in 2015.

In the words of Gilbert K. Chesterton, I believe that education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. As educators, we facilitate that transmission. Education is not just the imparting of knowledge nor simply the inculcating of values; it is a continuation of what our society is and has done, the learning of the collective wisdom and passion of a society, and at the same time, contributing to that wisdom and passion.

The one question that drives me is this: "How can people be educated not only to recognise and celebrate their own strengths and achievements, but also to acknowledge the debt they owe to society and the stewardship necessary to sustain the natural world." (Introduction by Hugh Lauder in Education, Globalization & Social Change, 2006). This is a question that cannot be answered easily but worth exploring and one that demands introspection and deliberation.

To be a part of the pioneer team of teachers, turning the vision of Eunoia JC into reality, really excites me. The experience of designing and implementing a new Integrated Programme at this critical juncture of its inception, will be truly humbling and inspiring. I hope to contribute with my 15 years of teaching experience, the research in my Masters education, and a fearless enthusiasm in charting a new course into the unknown.


Elaine joined the college as a pioneering member of staff in 2016.