SMK Sanzac excellent principal retires today
KOTA KINABALU: “Always do your best, in whatever you do”. That is one of the messages of her late father who became the practice of the Excellent Principal JUSA C of SMK Sanzac, Kota Kinabalu, Dr Shirley Tay Siew Hong.
“Do your best in all aspects of life, you will surely succeed”. This advice is also passed down by her to all teachers and students so that they will always be excellent in the field they are involved in.
Shirley is the youngest of 12 siblings. Born on fifth of November 1960 and raised in Johor, she successfully completed her Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) with a specialization in Geography from the University of Malaya in 1983. After that, she completed her qualification to become an educator by obtaining a Diploma in Education (Major Geography and Minor TESL) in 1984 at the same university.
Shirley started her career as a teacher at SMK Majakir Papar, Sabah on first of January 1984. After two and a half years working there, she was transferred to Kota Kinabalu High School on first of July 1986. At KK High School, she held the responsibility as the Head of Disciplinary Teacher before being promoted to Senior Administrative Assistant at the same school on first of July 1994.
This Johor-born continues to improve her personal competence through efforts to explore knowledge at a higher level. From 1997 to 1998, she continued her master’s degree at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom in the field of Educational Management. Upon returning from the United Kingdom, she continued her service at KK High School, Kota Kinabalu until she was placed as the Principal of Grade DG48 at Convent St Cecilia High school, Sandakan on first of July 2001. While serving in this school, she had the opportunity to deepen her leadership knowledge as a school manager through the National Professional course Qualifications for Headship (NPQH) and successfully obtained a Certificate of Principality from the Aminuddin Baki Institute in 2002.
Her never-fading interest in learning has finally taken her one step further in the academic world when she successfully obtained the Educational Training Award (HLP) to further her studies at the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) level in the field of Curriculum Evaluation at the University. Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in 2003-2007.