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img_story_cara.pngCara Lee
Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Assistant Academic Head and Head of Practicum Centre, St. James Church Kindergarten

"Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life." Cara Lee, 29-year-old alumnus of Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Early Childhood Education (ECH) course, epitomises that.

With close to 10 years of experience in the early childhood sector, Cara is now the Assistant Academic Head and Head of the Preschool Practicum Centre with St James Church Kindergarten, in charge of professional training, pedagogy and curriculum development for the kindergarten.

She strongly believes that a teacher who creates a respectful environment for children will develop them into respectful, big-hearted individuals. This belief drives her to challenge herself to improve her skills and deepen her understanding of early childhood education.

After NP, Cara pursued a Bachelor of Science (Early Childhood Education) with Wheelock College while working in a preschool. She later went on to do a Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education) at the National Institute of Education.

Cara had an impressive career, including two years of working overseas for the education ministry in New Zealand and Tianjin, China. She also received numerous teaching awards such as the MOE Learning Centre Award in 2010, and the MOE Innovation Award from 2010 to 2012.

Knowing that passion alone is not enough for one to become a good early childhood educator, Cara emphasizes the importance of strong foundation and rigorous training. She never forgets the rigorous field practicum in NP, and attributes her success to the strong curriculum and learning platforms, and most importantly to the valuable insights shared by her lecturers and mentors.


Conducting a lesson with K2 children on creating “Body Sculptures”.

Conducting a post-conference session with the senior
principal, sharing feedback and evaluating the students'
progress and learning during field practicum