MEET THE TEAM
+ Our Principals
Mr. Joshua Tham, Malaysian, Male, aged 45. He is the Principal of LUCA Academy. He holds a Master degree in Divinity from Singapore Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009. He also holds a degree in Bachelor of Finance and Business Administration from University of Oklahoma, United States of America in 1996. In his early working years in various multi-national companies in JB and Singapore, his working experiences were always related to import and export trading businesses. He also ventured into education related businesses for a couple of years before he entered into full time ministry in 2007. After his graduation from the seminary, he pioneered a new church, the Golden Lampstand Baptist Church in 2010. Currently, besides being the church’s senior pastor, he is also actively engaged in teaching ministry overseas. In addition, he is an adjunct professor for NOBTS pastoral ministry certificate, Advance International, USA. LUCA Academy was born because he sees the needs of his own child and the needs in our society. It is time for the church to bless the community by providing a church-based learning environment to help our children know the truth and excel in their learning. The vision is that one day these children will grow up to be the light for this world and make their parents proud.
Ms. Esther Yong, Malaysian, Female, aged 45. She has been appointed to the position of Acting Principal on March 1, 2017. She holds a degree in Bachelor of Accounting and Business Administration from University of Kansas, United States of America in 1996. She started her career with Ernst and Young and KPMG, Singapore from 1996-2001. In 2001, she co-founded UER Educare Sdn Bhd, a learning centre that focuses on before-and-after school services in Johor Bahru until 2012. She has a wide range of experience in auditing, management accounting and business management. Subsequently, she started to pursue her passion in fundamental investment analysis online classes. She has learnt that academic qualifications do not make one a better investor. Investors should follow the philosophies and strategies of the giants in the investing world, and take the time to understand how their analytical minds work. Her knowledge in investment has strengthened and her returns have grown. She is now eager to share her knowledge and experiences to build up our next generation. She is open-minded and able to establish supportive relationships with her students and their families. Ms. Esther loves to explore life values, and believes that “Price Is What You Pay and Value Is What You Get.”
Vice Principal (General Affairs)
Ms. Angel Foo, Malaysian, Female, aged 40. She has been appointed as the Vice Principal (General Affairs) of LUCA Academy. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Anglia Ruskin University (UK). She also graduated with Diploma Computer Science from Informatics Institute (Malaysia) in the year 2000. In her early years of working experience, she held the position of Operational Manager in JB-City Alloy Industries Sdn. Bhd for eight years. In her role as the Operational Manager in the company, she also acted as QMR to assist the company to launch, commission and accredit with ISO 9000 certification from SIRIM. In the year of 2008, she established her own career by founding two tuition centres: Pusat Tuiysen Uni and Pusat Jagaan Bukit Indah via franchise with UER Educare Centre. Thereafter, she is acting as Principal until current day. Her basic work functions include designing courses framework, work-progress assessment, result-evaluation financial planning, human resource management and training-&-retraining project etc. She believes that education is the key to success for a young student. Through her teaching experiences thus far, she realises that to metamorphose from the identity of an educator to that of a learner is a vitally important process. Education is not only about teaching students what they do not know just to enhance their knowledge, but more importantly to equip them with effective social and communication skills, and to have a positive influence on their thinking that they will be eager to explore new things so as to enrich their living experiences in the future.
Vice Principal (Academic Affairs)
Ms. Esther Hoon, Malaysian, Female, aged 39. She has been appointed as the Vice Principal in Academic Affairs. She is mainly responsible for academic affairs. Ms. Esther has studied in Taiwan and China and has been nurtured by a strong influence of Chinese culture for her many years there. She holds a Degree in Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Literature) from Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University in 2003 and a Degree in Master of Ancient Chinese Literature from Fudan University, Shanghai, China in 2007. In 2008, she was admitted to the Singapore Ministry of Education and was trained in the National Institute of Education in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). In 2010, she became a qualified teacher when she obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Education from NTU, Singapore. Upon graduation, she started her teaching career at the Victoria Junior College, a prestigious school in Singapore. During her seven years of teaching experience at VJC, she taught Singapore-Cambridge GCE O Level Higher Chinese and A Level H1 Chinese Language. She was also a teacher in charge of the Chinese Society and had many years of experience in organizing Chinese Drama Nights. All these years she has been serving as a mentor teacher for the overseas students from China. She loves to be with her students, accompanying them as they grow up, and enjoys every sad or joyous moment she has with them. She thinks of herself as an “OLD student”, a “NEW student”, and also a “Big Captain” of the young students. She leads her students in exploring and experiencing the bitter-sweet process of learning. She aims to be a true friend of her students, and is perseveringly working towards this goal.
+ Our Teachers
Mr. Lawrence Lee, Malaysian, Male, aged 66. In 1969, Mr. Lawrence completed his Cambridge-Malaysia Certificate of Education (MCE) at St Michael’s Institution, Ipoh, Perak and obtained his Higher School Certificate at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Kuching, Sarawak in 1971. In the years of 1973-74, he completed a 2-Year full time English medium course at Batu Lintang Teachers’ Training College in Kuching, Sarawak, majoring in Mathematics and Integrated Science (Sec1-3). After he obtained the Malaysian Government Teachers’ Training Certificate, he taught for a period of ten years (1975-1984) in the Government Secondary School in Limbang and St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Kuching, Sarawak. After leaving the Government Service in 1985, He went to Brunei and taught mathematics and science at Chung Ching Middle School. Actually, Mr. Lawrence is retiring, but he is willing to forego his leisure life and join the team of LUCA because there is still a passion for learning in him, and he hopes to learn and grow again in LUCA. He is ready to share his rich life experiences, and is eager to learn along with the students as he teaches.
Ms. Jacqueline Ma, Malaysian, Female, aged 39. She holds a Degree in Bachelor in Radio, Television and Film from Shih Hsin University in Taiwan. After graduation, she worked in a broadcasting company. However, due to her love for education, she eventually gave up her broadcasting work and turned to education. She has served for 10 years in the UER Educare Centre and was promoted to principal in 2012 up to the present. Having differing opinions with the traditional teaching methods in the country, she resonated with LUCA’s educational ideals. Thus, she joined LUCA’s team, to return to the roots as a teacher.
English cum Math Teacher
Ms. Susie Chin, Malaysian, Female, aged 24. She is currently teaching for 4 years in the UER Educare Centre at Bukit Indah. At the same time, she is also a student of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), taking Professional Diploma In Early Childhood Education Management (PDECEM) at School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE). She upholds love and patience to teach her students in hopes that she can bring a joyous learning environment for the students and keep them active in learning.
Ms. Adeline Foo, Malaysian, Female, aged 35. She has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science at University Sains Malaysia, major in programming and has a multimedia background. She has 8 years of working experience in the manufacturing industry. Ms. Adeline especially loves child care and education and thus she joins us in teaching kindergarten and primary students.
Ms. Emily Low, Malaysian, Female, aged 20. She was a former English and Science teacher in UER Educare Centre and a part time teacher in KUMON. She has worked in UER Educare Centre for one year. She has also completed a short course on child development and psychology and will be continuing a Diploma in Early Childhood Education while teaching.
Ms. Louisa Gan, Malaysian, Female, aged 40. She graduated with a Diploma in Computer Studies from Informatics Institute and passed with distinction. She has 15 years of teaching experience in primary education field and is now as a Malay language teacher in UER Educare Centre.
+ Our Staff
Ms. Katherine Liaw, Malaysian, Female, aged 59. She was a former Registered Nurse cum Midwife. She was born in East Malaysia and received her training at the Government Nursing Training School in Kuching, Sarawak. She has over 20 years of nursing experience serving at the Sarawak General Hospital and Ting Specialist medical centre in Kuching, Sarawak as well as the Johor Specialist Hospital in JB when she came to settle down in West Malaysia with her family. Ms. Katherine is a caring and thoughtful nurse. For those who need help, she is ever willing to lend a helping hand, and to offer them care and comfort.
Receptionist cum Nurse
Ms. Wynne Wong, Malaysian, Female, aged 63. She is our bursar at LUCA Academy. She is efficient, responsible and has many years of working experience in the field of accounting. She holds a Malaysia Certificate of Education (MCE)and has served in YEO’s (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. for 28 years. She is presently serving at UER since she joined the establishment at the beginning of 2006. Ms. Wynne is a good learner and loves to inquire. She is willing to learn with the youths because she upholds the concept of “loyalty in the small things.” and believes in enriching her life with a never-ending passion to learn.
Ms. Lianeiz Sho, Malaysian, Female, aged 41. She served at Suntec Dome Holding (S) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore for eight years from 1996 to 2004. All the while she kept on upgrading her skills and status, and learning continuously, she took and completed the following courses: Certificate of Master Coffee Makers from Suntec Dome Holding (S) Pte. Ltd. and Certificate of Food Hygiene Course from Singapore Ministry of the Environment in 1999. In 2000, she was promoted to the position of Dome’s Outlet Manager, managing its branches in Singapore until 2004. She is a mother who is very conscious of food nutrition and healthy eating. She cooks healthy and nutritious dishes for her family and church. Now she is joining LUCA to put her talents to use and to share her experience with us.
Chef of LUCA’s Cafe
Mr. Michael Yeoh, Malaysian, Male, aged 34. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science (Honour) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He has been working in IT field since 2009. In 2010, he worked as a Customer Service Engineer at JK Technology Pte Ltd. and in 2011 as an IT Support at Microbit Information Systems Pte Ltd. Since 2012, he has been a Technical Support Analyst at Akzo Nobel Paints Singapore Pte Ltd. He is willing to join LUCA’ s team, to exert his talent, and he is responsible for the Academy’s computer technology support and help.
Mr. Deon Cheong, Malaysian, Male, aged 25. He is a graphic designer at LUCA. He graduated with a Diploma in Advertising Design from Southern University College, and has 3 years of relevant working experience. He was a group member of Team Photography, Leader of Art Group in Motivation Camp, a member of Recreation Group in Faculty Art & Design, and president of Design Graduation Exhibition. His passion is to chase for every single beautiful thing, and he hopes to touch others through the works.