Teacher selected among nine finalists to emerge as winner
Singapore, 14 September 2013 – Marshall Cavendish Education today announced the winner of the annual Outstanding History Teacher Award. The winner, Ms Nur Adhana Bte Mohd Anwar, from Catholic Junior College stood out amongst the nine finalists to bag the honour of this title.
“It is heartening to see how the quality of history teaching has been raised over the years and this has made it difficult for the panel of judges to select the winner. All the finalists are winners in their own right. However, Nur Adhana was able to show depth of understanding of her philosophy of education in general and the importance and purpose of history education in particular, despite being relatively new in the teaching service,” said Dr Kho Ee Moi, President of the History Association of Singapore and Chairperson of the Selection Panel.
Nur Adhana had displayed a strong grasp of the subject content in front of the judging panel and showed great rapport with her students. These were substantiated by her varied and innovative portfolio of teaching ideas and strategies. Testimonials from her students, fellow colleagues as well as her Principal echoed the same thoughts.
“I think she has taken a subject which many students feel is irrelevant to the present day and shown them how important it is to their understanding of contemporary issues and contexts. The way she engages her students, inspiring many of them to continue their studies in the subject, is a mark of her immense passion for her profession,” said Mr Simon Terndrup, Assistant General Manager and Publisher of Marshall Cavendish International, Singapore.
Ms Nur Adhana Bte Mohd will receive a cash sponsorship of $4000 to attend any relevant overseas conference or to go for a professional exchange programme in a country of her choice, subject to the approval of the History Association of Singapore. Finalists will also receive a medal and a certificate during the awards ceremony on 14 September to be held at Dunman High School Auditorium. All schools in Singapore were invited to nominate their History teachers and put through a selection process by the History Association of Singapore.
Since 2003, the Outstanding History Teacher Award sponsored by Marshall Cavendish Education has been recognising secondary or junior college teachers who have been exemplary in their contribution to the teaching of history. This year’s panel of five judges includes Dr Kho Ee Moi, President of the History Association, Mr Simon Terndrup, Assistant General Manager and Publisher of Marshall Cavendish International (Singapore); Dr Doreen Tan, Senior Lecturer, National Institute of Education, NTU; Ms Tan Siew Piang, Assistant Director, Standards & Research , Academy of Singapore Teachers; and Mr Balamurugan s/o Krishnasamy, Principal, Tampines Secondary School.