Career switch: Melissa Tanya Gomes

Melissa Tanya Gomes is one of many Malaysians who switched to a career in education through the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Economics in Natural Resources from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, and previously worked in consulting. She became a Teach For Malaysia Fellow in 2013, and is currently a fifth-year teacher at a high-need school in…

Corporations pledge to double public donations in support of education

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 APRIL 2017 – “Thank you, Mr Brian for helping me see that I have a future beyond SPM.” Shawn* is one of many students sharing their stories of teachers who helped them unlock their potential, in Teach For Malaysia’s biggest fundraising campaign of the year, #EmpoweredTo Unlock MY Potential. In a video…

Jacintha Tagal: The teacher who changed the life of my father & our family in Ba’Kelalan

“My father’s incredible life journey can be traced back to the classroom. Would you consider teaching a child whose life trajectory may change, because of you?” – Jacintha Tagal, 2012 Alumna My father is the inspiration behind why I joined the Fellowship. He was the first university graduate in his family and, in doing so,…

Anders Cheng: This is what teaching is all about

“I believe that there is a need for Sarawakians to contribute to education, more so in Sarawak because we have a unique perspective on life. Harmony and unity is our song, and no one in Malaysia would hear it if we choose to be silent.” – Anders Cheng, 2014 Alumnus People often ask me why I…

Venessa Sambai: Nation-building starts in the classroom

“We need more youths to take on this challenge to build sustainable change in communities, and eventually, a better system for all.” – Venessa Sambai, 2013 Alumna The idea of social change has always been on my mind since I was in university. I’m the first to graduate in my family,  and all the privileges I have are because of…

Samantha Loh: I Teach For Daniel

“Even when my students fail their exams, even when I feel inadequate as an educator, the priceless interaction with students is what drives me to continue teaching every day, and I think it’s worth all the sweat and tears.”  – Samantha Loh, 2016 Fellow I teach for Daniel* because he reminds me of, well, me….

Teo Yen Ming: I Teach For Ain & Aiman

“We think students have low English proficiency because they don’t see the relevance of learning English, they are not interested, they don’t care. In reality, we fail to see that many have tried, many feel frustrated, and many have given up because they are tired of trying without support.” – Teo Yen Ming, 2016 Fellow On my…