Reaching New Heights with a PhDWebmaster
Truth be told, many of us are satisfied with a bachelor’s degree. A much smaller number would do a master’s. An even smaller number would go all the way to do their PhD. One of them is PhD (Education) graduate, Dr Choo Bee Giek. Thrilled to be graduating, she has shared her story with us:
I feel my transformative journey as a PhD (Education) student not only enhanced my career but also enriched my personal growth. Born on 11 February 1988, and residing in Kulim, Kedah, I would vouch for the power of continuous learning.
From a dedicated teacher for 13 years, I’m now the Deputy Head of Learning Support and Teacher Affairs at an international school in Selangor. I not only support students with special needs but also oversee teacher development, striving to create an inclusive learning environment.
Pursuing a PhD (Education) at OUM was a natural choice as I’m passionate about empowering students with special needs. I want to foster inclusivity in schools to ensure that no child is left behind. My doctoral studies have deepened my understanding of special needs education, equipping me with valuable insights that I can apply directly to my work.
Juggling work, studies, and family life required impeccable time management. The key was to set clear priorities, maintain momentum, and reward myself. My experience at OUM was shaped by its flexibility, which catered to my responsibilities as a working mother and teacher.
OUM’s digital library is an expansive virtual realm of knowledge, serving as an invaluable resource hub. I was also greatly helped by the mentorship of my supervisor, Dr Wong Huey Siew.
Obstacles tested my determination, but my commitment to inclusive education propelled me forward. In 2020, I was recognised with the SENIA World Changer Award for altering school policies and accommodations for students with learning disabilities. This achievement underscores the real-world impact of my studies.
Life after OUM has been immensely rewarding. My new qualification facilitated a promotion, allowing me to apply the knowledge gained in my current role. Obtaining the doctorate has also helped me become a proficient researcher.
To me, lifelong learning is paramount. It’s crucial to evolve continually, setting an example for my students. Thank you to OUM for providing a platform that empowers learners of all walks of life. With my PhD in hand, I stand ready to create a more inclusive world, where every individual’s potential is recognised and nurtured.