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Ms Julie Kee

Specialist English Teacher

After graduating with a Bachelor of Psychology degree, Ms Julie landed a job with The Straits Times where she spent 23 years crafting and tinkering with news articles as a journalist then executive sub-editor. In 2019, she switched to teaching English to children, teens and adults. So far, she has taught in one-on-one and small group settings, both offline and online. She has also taken on English enrichment projects in local schools as well as in tuition centres. Her students come from diverse cultural backgrounds and include Malaysians, Vietnamese, Cambodians and Myanmar nationals, besides Singaporeans.

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Ms Julie teaches all aspects of English from reading and writing to listening and speaking. She enjoys unravelling the mysteries of the English language and constantly challenges herself to decipher the rules governing it and to explain them to students in ways that make it easy for them to understand. Her greatest joy comes when she sees how a student’s confidence and self-esteem is boosted when his or her grades improve. She believes English is the key that will open many doors to opportunities and is keen to be part of students’ quest to find that key.

What is it like working at LBM?
I joined LBM because its teaching philosophy is very much aligned with my own. For example, I like that LBM keeps its class sizes small. This is so that every child gets the attention he or she deserves. I also really like LBM’s LSR feature where students become junior teachers. Before I joined LBM, I used to encourage my own students to explain grammar rules I had taught them back to me. I believe that what you have learnt sticks better if you can teach it. I am very excited to have found a tuition centre with values similar to my own and I am looking forward to being part of the LBM family.

What inspires you to teach?
Education is not just about acquiring knowledge, but having the wisdom to use that knowledge to solve problems and make the world a better place. As a teacher, I have the opportunity to shape minds for the betterment of society and this inspires me and lends meaning to my work.

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Why do you love teaching English?
English is a weirdly wonderful language with many eccentricities. There are rules and many exceptions to those rules. This can be challenging for students. I see myself as a language detective and my job is to unravel the mysteries of English and find ways to explain the patterns governing it as well as its idiosyncrasies.

What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy chilling out with my family and friends, preferably over a good meal. I love holding social gatherings as I like to gather people together. Much as I enjoy food, I am not a good cook. However, I enjoy making desserts. One of my specialities is tiramisu which all my relatives and friends love. Here are some recent photos of me decorating Christmas cookies with my daughter.

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