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Ms Serena Chan

Ms Serena Chan

SEND Support Teacher

Ms Serena Chan has experience teaching in Primary Key Stages in both Malaysian and international curricula after her postgraduate degree in Australia. She can relate to her students being a Malaysian-born but internationally raised. She enjoys cooking, singing, dancing, acting, boxing, swimming, yoga and pilates, which reflects in her experience leading Art and Drama focused subjects and co-curricular activities.

After completing my postgraduate degree in Primary Education in Australia, I started my teaching career, firstly as a Year 2 classroom teacher in an international school in Malaysia. Later, I taught in two international schools in Singapore, where I lived for three years prior to joining British School Kuala Lumpur. The two international schools I worked in were Australian and IB curriculum based, the former of which I have experience from my teacher training days in Australia. Respectively in those schools, I was an Assistant Teacher and a Learning Support Teacher. During the course of my career from the beginning til present, in the various roles I have held, I have taught children in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In addition, I have taught Art and Drama as a subject and co-curricular activity. I joined British School KL in 2019 and I am currently a teacher in the school's Inclusion department for Primary. My experiences prior to and in British School KL have really developed me professionally and personally. I intend to make the most of my time in this diverse and vibrant school.

I was born in Malaysia but raised out of my birth country during my growing up years due to my parents being expatriated to different countries. So I can definitely relate to a lot of the children in this school. The country I lived the longest in was the UK. I would say that definitely prepared me for teaching life in a British school like BSKL. My hobbies include cooking, singing, dancing, acting, boxing, swimming, doing yoga and pilates. I also like to explore different cafes and sceneries with my friends during the weekends and holidays. "When you learn, teach. When you get, give" Maya Angelou. Learning and teaching, although different in meaning, they definitely go hand in hand. As a teacher, you teach children what you have learnt and what you are learning in life. It's all about giving what you have been receiving, hence the second part of the quote. Personally for me, learning is more important. It's basis of what you need before you can impart knowledge.

Student happiness is making sure the students are supported holistically, ensuring they have a positive experience at school and students are aided to reach their full potential. As a teacher in the Inclusion department, student happiness specifically means ensuring the individual learning needs of my students are catered for; to create accessibility to the curriculum based on their individual level and strengths. Through it all, it involves helping the students carry on to the next steps of learning with confidence.