Happy Teacher’s Day

TEACHER’S DAY is celebrated every 16th May in Malaysia. Here’s walking down memory lane, recalling some of the teachers who had taught me before (those I happen to have photos of).

Primary School

Mrs. Amy Koh, my Standard 1 teacher. I dropped her a note when I got married and left for Washington DC. We’ve kept in touch ever since, despite me having moved from DC to Moscow to Hong Kong. She surprised me once when she remembered my dad’s birthday! And I found out she shares the same birth date as my dad. I finally visited her at her home during CNY of 2009, more than three decades later.

(Top) Std 1 class photo with teacher, Mrs Amy Koh, and (bottom) meeting her again in 2009.

(Top) Std 1 class photo with teacher, Mrs. Amy Koh, and (bottom) meeting her again in 2009.

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(Left) Std 6 class teacher, Mrs. Ang, seen here with headmistress Ms. Woon; (Right) Bahasa teacher, Puan Hasnah.

(Left) Std 6 class teacher, Mrs. Ang, seen here with headmistress Ms. Woon; (Right) Bahasa teacher, Puan Hasnah.

(Left) Std 5 class teacher Mrs. Tan; (Centre) Visited her in school 14 years later; (Right) Dropped by my primary school with former schoolmates and also met Std 2 class teacher Mrs. Chong, besides Mrs. Tan.

(Left) Std 5 class teacher Mrs. Tan; (Centre) Visited her in school 14 years later; (Right) Dropped by my primary school with former schoolmates and also met Std 2 class teacher Mrs. Chong, besides Mrs. Tan.

Secondary School

(L-R) Form teachers… Ms. Hooi of 1A; Puan Rodziah of 2A; Mrs. Ngeu of 3A; Mrs. Tiam of 4Sc1 and again in 5Sc1.

(L-R) Form teachers… Ms. Hooi of 1A; Puan Rodziah of 2A; Mrs. Ngeu of 3A; Mrs. Tiam of 4Sc1 and again in 5Sc1.

(Left and centre) Headmistresses Mrs. Dorothy Ee and Mrs. G. Rajendran; (Right) Presenting a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Jenny Vong on Teacher’s Day 1986.

(Left and centre) Headmistresses Mrs. Dorothy Ee and Mrs. G. Rajendran; (Right) Presenting a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Jenny Vong on Teacher’s Day 1986.

(Left) Mrs. Irene Teoh, Senior Assistant and Prefect’s Mistress, with former school headgirl Puan Sri Tan Chee Khoon during the school’s Library Week; (Right) PE teacher Mrs. Yap (also my Godmother), English teacher Mrs. Tan and Mrs. Tiam, form teacher and chemistry teacher for two years.

(Left) Mrs. Irene Teoh, Senior Assistant and Prefect’s Mistress, with former school headgirl Puan Sri Tan Chee Khoon during the school’s Library Week; (Right) PE teacher Mrs. Yap (also my Godmother), English teacher Mrs. Tan and Mrs. Tiam, form teacher and chemistry teacher for two years.

The school celebrated its Diamond Jubilee on 27th January 1989. Former headgirls were invited to the launching ceremony and we had a group photo taken. The others included Puan Sri Tan Chee Khoon who was the school headgirl in 1939 (seated far left); and sisters Lee Chii Yuan (1970, seated second from right) and Lee Chii Shy (1973, standing far right).

The school celebrated its Diamond Jubilee on 27th January 1989. Former headgirls were invited to the launching ceremony and we had a group photo taken. The others included Puan Sri Tan Chee Khoon who was the school headgirl in 1939 (seated far left); and sisters Lee Chii Yuan (1970, seated second from right) and Lee Chii Shy (1973, standing far right).

Incidentally, Ms. Lee Chii Shy had taught me briefly in primary school and I was fond of her. I was glad to see her again during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Her other sister Ms. Lee CN also taught me in secondary school and was also our Library Mistress.

Ms. Lee CN was our Library Mistress and she used to give me little cards/notes of hopes and encouragement.

Ms. Lee CN was our Library Mistress and she used to give me little cards/notes of hopes and encouragement.

Among my Form 6 teachers, I recall fondly Puan Jamaliah who taught us Bahasa Malaysia. I enjoyed her lessons especially in Kesusasteraan Melayu. Thanks to her, I scored an A in my BM paper in the STPM examinations.

(R-L) Puan Jamaliah (BM); Puan Sabariah (Statistics); Mr. Siva (Maths); Puan Nor Ilmah (Form teacher); Puan Norzie (Economics).

(R-L) Puan Jamaliah (BM); Puan Sabariah (Statistics); Mr. Siva (Maths); Puan Nor Ilmah (Form teacher); Puan Norzie (Economics).

University

Top (L-R): En. Abdul Manaf Saad (lecturer of Publishing Management and Biography Writing); the late Prof. Madya Abdullah Tahir (lecturer of Fiction Writing); Bottom (L-R): Puan Hamidah Abdulhamid @ Kak Anis (lecturer of Rhetorics and Logic & Philosophy); En. A. Samad Ismail @ Pak Samad (guest lecturer of Journalism & Feature Writing); Prof. Madya Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar (lecturer of Article Writing and also Head of Writing Department); Prof. Omar Farouk (Master of Kolej Zaba).

Top (L-R): En. Abdul Manaf Saad (lecturer of Publishing Management and Biography Writing); the late Prof. Madya Abdullah Tahir (lecturer of Fiction Writing); Bottom (L-R): Puan Hamidah Abdulhamid @ Kak Anis (lecturer of Rhetorics and Logic & Philosophy); En. A. Samad Ismail @ Pak Samad (guest lecturer of Journalism & Feature Writing); Prof. Madya Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar (lecturer of Article Writing and also Head of Writing Department); Prof. Omar Farouk (Master of Kolej Zaba).

Postgraduate

(Back row) Dr. Phil Taylor, lecturer of International Communications and (second row) Dr. Robin Brown, lecturer of Political Communication.

(Back row) Dr. Phil Taylor, lecturer of International Communications and (second row) Dr. Robin Brown, lecturer of Political Communication.

(Left) Ms. Judith Stamper was the supervisor for my MA thesis; (Right) In Dr. Taylor’s class (I just learnt online that he passed away on 6th December 2010).

(Left) Ms. Judith Stamper was the supervisor for my MA thesis; (Right) In Dr. Taylor’s class (I just learnt online that he passed away on 6th December 2010).

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Happy Teacher’s Day

  1. Fond memories, Bee Ling. Just realized how big a role teachers play. Wonder if teachers are the same these days.

    • Remember those primary schooldays when “Cikgu” used to be top choice for “Cita-cita Saya” (besides “doktor” and ‘akauntan”?) I am sure there are still some dedicated teachers out there today who continue to be a source of inspiration to their students. Fond memories indeed but looking back makes me feel really OLD 🙂

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