“The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
Hello, my name is Joshie K. Tan and I am the Head of School of IPEKA Integrated Christian School.
The two verses above is one of the reasons why I want to give my best to the Lord. My hope is that I can use my potential to the fullest, as well as be the light and the salt of the world.
In addition, I must say I am very privileged to get the best of both Western and Eastern worlds. Growing up and being immersed in Canadian culture for eight years, enables me to gather positive influences from the West while maintaining my Asian norms. I graduated with Treasury Finance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and background in Special Education. I never expected that I would be involved in education and loving it.
I love outdoor activities such as camping, jogging, wall climbing and skydiving to name few. Hopefully one day I can go scuba diving with my family.
IPEKA: What do we have to understand when we talk about nurturing and inspiring our children in faith & knowledge?
Ms. Joshie: We need to understand that every child is individually unique. Not only we need to instill God’s wisdom based on their ages, but to also ask these children, “Are you putting in your best efforts?” By doing both, hopefully students will always ask God for wisdom and cultivate their uniqueness or abilities.
IPEKA: Is there an example who can be an inspiration for students or even for yourself? And please explain why.
Ms. Joshie: Jesus! Because: First of all, Jesus is wise, able to overcome all challenges. And then, He is able to encourage others through His teachings and miracles. He didn’t sin, and Jesus is the one and only way for us to get salvation. Our only hope. Of course, we cannot emulate Jesus as He is God, sinless, and we are human, sinners. But, we definitely can imitate Christ-like characters. On personal level, my parents are my inspirations. I cannot thank them enough!
IPEKA: What makes Ms. Joshie put attention to learning and teaching process as well as students’ achievement?
Ms. Joshie: I don’t expect all the students to score perfect points, but I do expect them to do their best of their abilities. Nothing is impossible for the students to reach. Thus, spotting and developing right talents of our student is crucial. For example, do you think Lionel Messi would perform better if we give him soccer ball or computer? Would Bill Gates perform better if we give him computer or stethoscope? And the list goes on…
IPEKA: Is there anything you would like to say to teachers, parents, and students?
Ms. Joshie: I hope all of us can work as a team to develop the Christ-like characters on our students and discover the talents or potentials in each of them. Talents & passion must go hand-in-hand for each unique individual to reach high achievements in the fields that they enter in the future. Also, there is a Latin saying that I hold dearly, Ora et Labora, which means pray and work. In all we do, always ask God for wisdom and do our best.