Meet Our Directors
Creative Campus embodies two teachers’ shared vision of the ideal learning environment; an ideal that has been honed over almost 20 years of collaboration. Directors, Ms Geraldine Chew and Mrs Elizabeth Yeo, were the pioneer teachers of The Learning Lab. Together, they have been instrumental in training the pioneering stable of teachers at the Lab and developing its English curriculum.
Ms Geraldine Chew
Founding Director of Creative Campus
Director of Programmes [Upper Primary, Secondary and General Paper]
Chief Executive Officer
Director of Teacher Instruction
Ms Chew is the pioneer teacher at The Learning Lab, and was indispensable growing its brand name with top-quality teacher training processes and instructing future leaders in the English language. At the Lab, her responsibilities and portfolio included:
* Writing and supervising the English curricula and resources across primary and secondary levels. Ms Chew helped develop and refine the curriculum, as well as train and mentor curriculum writers during her 13 years at the Lab.
* Educating hundreds of children and teenagers, many of whom were under her care and guidance for 6 to 8 years. Numerous of Ms Chew’s students have gone on to pursue their tertiary education in top local universities as well as Ivy League level institutions in the UK and US. It gives Ms Chew immense joy that she is still in touch with several of her ex-students, many of whom have pursued career paths that they are passionate about.
* Establishing the programme and processes for training all English teachers who came through the doors of the Lab, and mentoring several Math and Science teachers from the school’s genesis in 1997 [officially founded in 2001] to 2011 when she left.
Thus, Ms Chew has established herself as a highly reputable figure in the industry for the 13 years that she was with the Lab.
In 2017, Ms Chew brings with her 20 years’ experience in English instruction and curriculum development across the Primary, Secondary and Junior College levels. She has also trained and mentored over 200 teachers in the course of her career with the Lab and Creative Campus.
Ms Chew was a litigator for several years with the highly regarded law firms Harry Elias & Partners and Khattar Wong Partnership before her love for the English language and teaching bade her to become an educator and teacher instruction. With her legal experience, Ms Chew is particularly passionate about establishing robust rapport with her charges, paying special attention to delivering dynamic and engaging lessons across real-world topics. What she loves most is cultivating her students’ verbal presentation skills and essay writing competencies.
On celebrating each child’s uniqueness:
“In my experience, students are frequently told their shortcomings and weaknesses, then badgered to make improvements. Unfortunately, more often than not, the child isn't taught how to improve, only that he has to "stop making those mistakes" and "work harder". Such broad strokes do little to enhance a child's ability, confidence and grades.
At Creative Campus, our interactive and engaging lessons enable our teachers to understand how each child is wired and what makes him tick. Our experience and compassion allow us to quickly identify a child's weaknesses, then prescribe the suitable methods and techniques to help him refine his work.
More crucially, we understand and celebrate the fact that every child has his strengths and uniqueness as well. We make the effort to treat each child as an individual and not a mere face in the crowd. In this way, we work with, rather than against, each student's unique traits. After all, if a child is aware of his respective strengths, he can wield their powers and gain immense confidence as well! As such, at Creative Campus, lessons and skills are never 'force fed'; rather, we personalise our time, attention and feedback to work with each child as a distinct individual, improving on the weaker areas while honing strengths--this not only develops your child's English potential, but also builds his self-esteem. And that goes a much longer way toward his success, today and in the future.” ~ Geraldine Chew, 2016.
"Having been taught by Ms Chew for a year and a half, I have to say that I’ve never come across another educator able to inject as much passion and effort into the imparting of knowledge as she did in one of the most linguistically illuminating periods of my learning. She brings not only an impeccable ability to understand the unique hurdles to mastering English but also provides the means by which students find joy in learning. As one of countless students she has so diligently mentored over the years, I can safely say that when it comes to an education in English, this woman makes the difference."
David Lim, Former Student
Hwa Chong Junior College (Humanities) 2009 - 2010
Law Graduate from University College London 2013 - 2016
Mrs Elizabeth Yeo
Founding Director of Creative Campus
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Programme [Primary Levels]
Mrs Yeo is the first batch of teachers at The Learning Lab, having groomed hundreds of GEP students and top-tier students from mainstream schools. In the 12 years that she was there, she also headed its English curriculum department and mentored numerous teachers. At the Lab, her responsibilities and portfolio included:
* Writing and supervising the English curricula and resources across primary and secondary levels;
* Educating hundreds of students from both the GEP and top-tier mainstream schools. Many students tend to stay in her classes for as much as 8 years, and blossom under her care and guidance. Some of these students have gone on to receive scholarships, while others have graduated and are now top lawyers, aspiring doctors or prominent leaders in their own industries.
* Mentored several English teachers, many of whom are well-respected in their field today.
In 2017, Mrs Yeo brings with her 20 years’ experience in English instruction and curriculum development across the Primary and Secondary levels. Engaging students to learn and inspiring them to discover is second nature to Mrs Yeo. As an ex-MOE teacher, she has more than 20 years of teaching experience in both the public and private sectors.
With her publishing experience, Mrs Yeo has a particular sensitivity for effectual use of English. She is well-regarded in the publishing industry as writer and editor of various periodicals and journals.
On nurturing an inquisitive mind:
“My students often ask me why we are discussing Social Studies, Economics, Science, Math, History or even Politics, when we are supposed to be just learning English. My answer is this: English is not merely about grammar, model responses, or a subject to ace in the exams. The students’ ability to communicate their ideas well, transcends subjects. Having a convincing personal voice, be it written or spoken, is a skill we want to inculcate in our students. Only then can they stand out from the competition.
Students at Creative Campus are exposed to current affairs every week. Our teachers encourage their charges to relate a plethora of topics to real-life issues, even from as young as Primary 1. We believe students should always question assumptions, and develop clarity of thought that is clear and coherent. These are done in the safe confines of a group setting, where they can also bounce ideas off their peers, and come to their own well-formulated, substantiated and concrete conclusions.
Learning should be fun. While there are basic components that have to be covered in a lesson, we introduce a wide range of thought-provoking themes for our custom-developed curriculum. It is always a joy to see children leave the room with wide smiles on their faces, and the first thing they say to their parents goes something like, “Did you know that…”
Language competency and the ability to apply theory to practice is a life skill, something that students will constantly find relevant, even long after their last class at Creative Campus. That, in itself, is the best reward our teachers can receive.” ~ Elizabeth Yeo, 2016
"Mrs Yeo has played a fundamental role in my development as a reader, writer and speaker. Not only did she aid in expanding my vocabulary, but she has sparked off my insatiable interest in language and written work. This interest has helped me to attain significant academic prowess and more importantly, enriched myself as I am better able to communicate with others, both in written and oral forms. Although many of my peers cringe at the prospect of tuition, Mrs Yeo’s ability to inject fun and laughter into the dullest of topics made me look forward to every class. Most importantly, she has instilled in me an interest in the world at large, a fundamental requirement for students taking the General Paper. Thank you Mrs Yeo, for the invaluable guidance."
Shek Khi Huin, Former Student
Raffles Institution (Science) 2006 - 2011
Scholarship Recipient for Economics and Management at University of Oxford 2014 - 2017
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Directors' Series: Why Learning With Latitude?
In this clip, Ms Geraldine Chew explains the ethos behind our slogan - "Learning With Latitude". Exam preparation is a priority, but is not, in itself, our ultimate goal. Through our English Enrichment programmes, we hope to cultivate a love for learning. We seek to expose students to a more diverse range of text types and issues than they would encounter in school. Watch as Ms Chew also delves into how we work towards these goals, primarily through a comprehensive and engaging in-house curriculum.
Directors' Series: Customisation
In this clip, Mrs Elizabeth Yeo explains how our teachers address the unique needs of each student. Our English Enrichment lessons are customised to suit students' abilities, and to address the requirements of differing academic programmes. Our teachers seek to provide every student with personal attention, through means such as individual consultations.