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e Does HMS Proud With Her Academic and Professional Achievements
To the children at the childcare centre where she works, Nur Liyana Binti A. Wahid is known affectionately as Teacher Liyana. The little ones, at their tender ages, could not have guessed that Teacher Liyana is in fact their Vice Principal who has a stellar academic and work record.
As a student in the Early Childhood Education (ECH) course in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HMS) in Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Liyana excelled in her academic studies, and graduated with a Diploma with Merit in 2011. She was on the Director’s List during her three years in HMS, and was bestowed multiple awards, including the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Achievement Award, the Anugerah Khas Mendaki cum Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award, the MCYS Development Scholarship and the PAP Community Foundation Prize for Outstanding Performance, amongst others.
In 2015, Liyana reached a professional high, when she was invited to share her research project on the Zippy Friends Programme at the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Conference and Carnival 2015.
Despite her academic and research success, what Liyana treasured as her most precious achievement, is to have guided and taught an entire batch of Kindergarten 2 children since they were 18 months old, and to see their transition to primary schools. For her, that experience sums up her advocacy and true love for children and her determination to make a difference in the life of others.
Liyana credits her success to her family and course mates, who gave her support all the way. She also credits her lecturers in HMS for “ingraining the early childhood education values in me” and linked her up to network of early childhood field mentors who were instrumental in helping her academic and professional development. She firmly believes that the “ECH course has definitely groomed me well physically, emotionally, mentally and socially to be where I am today”.