Mr Chu Wee Yong

I graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics. Upon graduation, I pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), under the Public Service Commission (PSC) teaching scholarship. Passionate in the teaching of Mathematics, I have stayed in the education service for more than 20 years, imparting my skills and inspiring students to see the beauty of Mathematics.

I first started teaching in a junior college. For the two decades I was there, apart from the management and leadership opportunities which I was given, I particularly appreciate the strong friendships forged with colleagues who are always there to provide moral wisdom and share the joy of teaching. I also had the opportunity to teach in another junior college for a brief but memorable period, where I learnt to value integrity, unity, humility and above all, trust for one another.

Simplicity is the key to my effective teaching. Though it can be challenging, I always strive to make mathematical concepts simple to understand and difficult problems easy to solve. My lessons are often light-hearted, for I believe that superior learning takes place when classroom experiences are enjoyable. I have always stayed true to my life philosophy that every problem has a solution, and that if we persevere, we can always find the solution. This sentiment has also been echoed by Paulo Coelho, in The Alchemist, that "when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." It is also in this spirit, that I always inspire my students to face challenges in life with positive thinking and to realise that fear is sometimes a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself.

Outside school, I enjoy working out, to keep myself physically fit and mentally healthy. Music also plays an important part in my life. I perform regularly, playing the flute in Flute Festival Orchestra and the viola in Arpeggione Quartet and Musicians Society of Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In an effort to give back to society, I have been actively volunteering in The Purple Symphony, rendering my musical expertise to help violists with special needs. With music being closely related to Mathematics, I hope to continue exploring ways to integrate the aesthetics of music into my teaching of Mathematics at Eunoia Junior College.