SMK San­zac ex­cel­lent prin­ci­pal re­tires to­day

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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.


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