Trainer – Jackeline Carter
“Self-discipline leads to success but communication skills is the key that opens the doors to opportunities.”
Since 2008, Jackeline Carter has been emphasising the importance of learning the skill of communication for children from the age of 6 because “it’s easier to learn to speak confidently when one is young before one becomes too self-conscious about being judged by others”.
The idea to start a centre focusing on communication skills for children and teens came about after having taught hundreds of tertiary students and having to fail many of them for poor presentation skills. “Six years of listening to highly intelligent students who could not bring across their message effectively made me realised that there was a need to groom students in the art of public speaking. This needs to be done as early as possible before they embarked on the road to higher education where nearly every course a student takes involved some form of speaking or presentation in groups or as an individual.”
Even before her role as a Singapore Polytechnic lecturer, she worked as a corporate trainer and recruitment manager for several organisations. “It used to pain me when I had to sit across from university graduates who could not even tell me why they wanted to work for the company. They had excellent academic results but their lack of interactive speaking skills made it impossible to hire them especially since most jobs require people skills.”
Another reason for starting her centre is to groom a generation of inspiring speakers who are able to make a difference in society through the art of diplomacy. The only asset Singapore has being a small nation without any natural resources, is its people. “We survived because we are able to be friends with as many countries as possible. If we focus only on academics and sacrifice learning the art of dealing with other people in a sensitive and tactful way, how will we succeed in this global economy?”
That is why, in 2009, Jackeline teamed up with Trinity College London to offer the International Certificate in Communication Skills. A holistic approach to learning communication skills that not only focus on public speaking, interactive speaking and listening skills but also encourages positivity, empathy and confidence in every student.
To add further value to the learning of communication skills, Jackeline published her first book in 2014 aptly titled, “Success Strategies for Direct School Admissions (DSA) to guide parents on preparing their children for entry to Integrated Programme and Specialist secondary schools. The selection process for these schools places huge emphasis on the ability of the students to communicate fluently and succinctly to a panel of interviewers thus securing that much coveted spot in a top school. Having successfully coached students since 2010 through the DSA process, Jackeline is viewed by the media as an expert in this area.
Jackeline is an honours graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso (majoring in English and American Literature with a minor in General Business). A recipient of two University scholarships, she was also awarded the ‘Most Outstanding International Student” Award for her high Academic Achievements and her contributions to the University and the Community upon graduation. Since then she has constantly upgraded her skills and has acquired a Diploma in Human Resource Development from Singapore Institute of Management, a Diploma in Teaching English from Singapore Polytechnic and a Professional Certificate in Communication Skills from Trinity College London. The College Reading and Learning Association in the area of Study Skills also certified Jackeline as a Master Tutor. She is also certified to teach the following programs, Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar, EQ4kids and EQ4TEENS.
Jackeline’s passion and commitment to her students’ success makes her a favourite among many parents. Her ability to select and groom other like-minded trainers also ensures that her vision is never compromised.
Trainer – Joyce Carter
Joyce Carter has been a Regional Trainer for two well-know International Banks for the approximately 10 years. In 2011 she decided to move into specializing in Public Speaking for children bringing years of corporate experience into the classroom. Being a mother herself, and working with kids has allowed Joyce to combine both her passion for teaching and helping kids to grow and develop in confidence.
Her highly successful career in the banking industry was partly attributed to her ability to communicate confidently to people from many different countries. She believes strongly that success in the corporate world can only be achieved if one is able to covey verbal and non-verbal messages accurately, fluently and visually.
“My experiences with Public Speaking started from Primary School all the way to Junior College. Although I started out my career in Banking, I was able to combine my love for speaking and move into a Regional Training role within the bank. Now I get to work with kids and inspire them to grow in confidence and tackle what some consider their greatest fear – Public Speaking.”
Besides delivering courses, Joyce had to develop Trainers globally within the Bank and work on Train the Trainer workshops to help Adults in Public Speaking. During the past 10 years, Joyce has trained students from Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Africa, Philippines, Japan and Pakistan, just to name a few. Joyce was also a part time lectuer at the Singapore Polytechnic in the areas of Banking and Finance.
Joyce has a Bachelor Degree in Finance from University of Arkansas and a Professional Certificate in Communication Skills from Trinity College. She is also certified to teach EQ4Kids and Jolly Phonics. At J Carter Centre, Joyce conducts Public Speaking classes to prepare students for the Trinity Guildhall Certification in Oral Communication, LAMDA Speaking in Public and Solo Introduction Stage 1-3. She also prepares students for DSA Interviews and designs and deliver PSLE Oral Examination Preparation Workshops.
Trainer – Ketti Tjhin
Ketti, a graduated of Flinders University of South Australia, majored in Psychology and Sociology. She later went on to acquire and Honours Certificate in Grade 6 Communications (LCM) and a Diploma in Speech and Drama. (LCM).
As an educator, Ketti has accumulated close to 20 years of work experiences teaching in the areas of Speech and Drama, Public Speaking, Storytelling and Motivation. She has taught children as young as 4 years to 13 years.
With her experience in developing exciting speech and drama curriculum for preschoolers, Ketti is able to bring excitement and creativity into the classroom. She is able to engage her students through fun activities that are interactive and engaging.
At J Carter Centre for Public Speaking, Ketti will be focusing her energy on working with younger students to improve their speaking and presenting skills through poetry, storytelling, speech delivery, conversation and Show and Tell.
Ketti is also a senior teacher at Wesley Methodist Church children ministry working with nursery and preschoolers. She is task with developing the weekly curriculum and supervising a team of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of lessons.
When not teaching, Ketti works as a sensory panelist with Abbott Nutrition Research & Development and spends time as a parent volunteer at her daughters’ school.
Trainer – Shirin Seah
Driven by her love of the performing arts and inspired by the infinite possibilities that they bring, Shirin shares this very passion through her teaching work. She believes that drama is transformative in addition to being fun and enjoyable and can play a role in enhancing the life skills of students.
As an educator, she has conducted a variety of drama courses and workshop, helping students build confidence, develop character and hone critical thinking and communication skills. With teenagers, she has used drama to bring to life and deepen their understanding of literature texts, as well as taught students to devise their own performances and to deliver them effectively. She has taught children from 3 years all the way to 15 years old.
She is an honours degree graduate of the Theatre Studies programme at the National University of Singapore and a diploma graduate of the Theatre Arts programme at Lasalle College of the Arts. She is also a recipient of the Raffles Hotel Gold Medal for Theatre Studies.
Other than teaching, she has worked backstage on productions for local theatre companies in the areas of stage management, wardrobe and crewing.
For leisure, she enjoys reading, listening to music, watching plays and visiting museums.
Trainer – Kat Ng
Kat Ng is a speech and drama teacher with a passion for stage performance. As an educator, she believes public speaking is much more than a subject to excel in; it is an integral part to the development of a well rounded individual.
Kat’s experience with public speaking extends outside the classroom. She has planned and facilitated a variety of educational art and heritage workshops at various cultural locations like the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore River, Fort Canning Park and Gardens by the Bay.
Kat has also taught English speech and drama overseas in Dalian, China to students with English as their second language.
Besides teaching speech and drama, Kat has also taught visual art to children of ages ranging from 3 to 12.
On top of teaching in the classroom, Kat has also been extremely involved in the curriculum planning of the various classes and workshops she has conducted.
An artist at heart, Kat aspires to be a theatre practitioner in the local theatre scene.
Kat is a diploma graduate from Temasek School of Design and has also attained a distinction for the Trinity College London Advanced Level Certificate in Graded Examination in Speech and Drama.
Trainer – Reetha Sturgess
Reetha B. Sturgess has been an English Language Arts Trainer for more than ten years. She has developed and taught courses in numerous local and international schools. Courses that she has conducted include: Creative Writing; Presentation Skills; Speech and Drama; Storytelling; Poetry Appreciation; and Choral Reading. She also teaches English to local and foreign students at the primary and secondary level. She knows how to reach out to students and present material in an exciting and informative manner. She loves to share knowledge, theory, and craft of every art form.
Reetha holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication (USA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communication Studies (Canada). She also holds a Diploma in Enrichment Education, College of Teachers (UK) and a Certificate in Effective Speaking and Human Relations (Dale Carnegie & Associates, Institute of Successful Leadership). She is an ACTA and TESOL (passed with distinction) certified trainer.
In pursuing her Diploma in Enrichment Education, she bagged three distinctions in the core modules she took, namely, Creative Writing, Speech and Drama, and Music and Movement.
Prior to teaching, Reetha worked in the field of corporate communications. Alongside her corporate work, she taught part-time in various education centers. It was then that she found the synergy between the experience garnered from corporate work and education. This marked the start of her passion to teach, develop, and conduct courses in Enrichment Education. Her exposure to dealing with people from all walks of life has allowed her to apply what she has learned in writing, speaking and communicating effectively, in the classroom. Believing in practical applications, she imparts these important life skills to her students. She hence provides students with an integrated approach to the courses she conducts. At J Carter Centre, Reetha will use her teaching ability to elicit interest and motivate her students to speak better and confidently in any situation.
Mentor – Victoria Carlton
Victoria Carlton is the Director of the INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE (ICE): an organisation based in Western Australia that offers assessments and specialised education service for all primary and high school students, as well as professional development for teachers, professionals and parents.
She is a talented international educator with over 30 years of teaching experience at all levels. Victoria has a passion and talent for literacy education, teaching children who learn differently and providing challenging programs for gifted and talented children.
Victoria believes that ALL children are smart and so she designs high-quality programs that engage and enthuse children and make them WANT to learn!
Victoria has conducted many professional training courses for teachers and parents in Australia and South East Asia.
Teachers and school leaders are attracted to her pragmatic and clear approach as it provides a clear pathway through the educational “maze”. Her insights & information reinvigorate teachers and helps them deal with the demands for higher standards and better skill levels. She has designed programs which marry the theory and practice of teaching and address the needs for the whole school community. She has also written many children books & teaching resources.
She has developed a specific course to raise Emotional Intelligence. Her EQ4KIDZ course has raised a lot of media attention, due to the very positive effects acquired by children and families. She was featured in the Sunday Times and interviewed for TODAY TONIGHT (Channel 7), Australia. In Singapore in July 2012, she was interviewed on 938live. This course is helping many children to improve their emotional intelligence and achieve their goals.
Victoria is passionate about transforming schools into institutions where all children are challenged, motivated and encouraged to develop their full academic potential. Her foremost goal is to empower everyone in her courses to reach their full academic potential. She is also totally committed to ensuring that all children in her courses are recognised as successful learners and empowered with stimulating, enjoyable teaching strategies.
More information can be seen at her website: www.ice-au.com
Mentor – Mary Ann Tear
Mary Ann is a Communication Skills & Performing Arts Consultant & Trainer based here in Singapore. She is also a senior examiner and trainer for Trinity Guildhall, a British Federation adjudicator, choreographer, director and Performing Arts lecturer. During the past six years this work has taken her to Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Canada, Sri Lanka, Bermuda, as well as centres in Europe and the UK.
Prior to this Mary Ann was a UK lecturer in Performing Arts working for the Universities of Hertfordshire and Middlesex, whilst also pursuing her professional theatrical career with performance, choreography and direction in drama, musical theatre, and pantomime. She particularly enjoys working on devised works including all aspects of theatre and has created works that have been performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Gordon Craig theatre Stevenage, Northbrook Theatre Worthing and at La Salle and other venues in Singapore.
The teaching of Communication Skills Public Speaking and language has always been important to her and, recently, she achieved a Cert. TESOL as well as being appointed a judge on the ESU Public Speaking Competition. She ran her own school in Hertfordshire for several years working on arts education with pre-school children as well as running a youth theatre and being involved with many community arts projects.
Whilst enjoying the training, examining, adjudicating, directing, choreographing and lecturing Mary Ann has also finds time to read, debate, listen to music, to go to the theatre, visit art galleries, and watch the latest movies, believing that it is so important to be up to date with current movements in the arts scene and new initiatives in education and training in the workplace.