Our Dream


Michelle Choy

Mummy Wee, mother of 6Bachelor of Health Science(Occupational Therapy)University of Newcastle

Michelle Choy, better known as Mummy Wee on her popular parenting blog, has spent the last 20 years raising half a dozen children. Her down-to-earth parenting advice has been highly sought after and she is regularly featured on TV, radio, newspapers and books.

While raising 6 children, she discovered a missing link in our education system. Children were expected to enter formal education with a set of skills to ensure they were ready for classroom learning. However, these same skill sets were not explicitly taught anywhere. Our education system promoted a fixed mindset in the students, with most subjects having a narrow margin for the ‘right’ answer. Mistakes were frowned upon instead of being viewed as learning experiences.

Michelle could see that her kids were unprepared for a demanding and changing future landscape. She tried to develop in them traits that will enable them to adapt and succeed in an unchartered age, but wished that there was a more systematic way to equip children to face a volatile future. Then she met Michelle Tham, Founder/Clinical Director of Leapfrogs, a highly successful children’s therapy centre.

Michelle Tham

External council member of Masters of Speech Pathology Programme in NUSBoard Member of Allied Health Professional Council

Michelle Tham has spent the last 18 years understanding, researching and developing the best approaches to support children in learning, growing, and communicating. Together with her team of educational specialists, speech and occupational therapists she has worked with more than 6000 children.

Initially, her centre catered to children with special needs. Surprisingly, more and more children from top schools along the Bukit Timah belt started seeking their expertise. They had been doing well in the lower primary levels but their results started to decline in upper primary. Despite additional tuition, their scores did not improve and their parents sent them to her team in hopes that their grades would turnaround. Amazingly, not only did they see jumps in their academic results, but their attitude changed and self-esteem soared. That was when Michelle realised her programme should be accessible to mainstream children to help them cope with the academic demands of school and life.

Not only do they share the same name, they share the same vision.

Together, they imagined a different future for children. A future that is filled with young learners with the ability to think dynamically, learn powerfully, explore new possibilities, and build on ideas to create new solutions for our world.

Welcome to The Little Executive. Where learning is redefined and futures, reimagined.

Our Team


Michelle Tham


Co-Founder

Michelle is the principal co-founder of Leapfrogs Children’s Therapy Centre and heads the Speech Team. She graduated from the University of Queensland in Australia with top Honors in speech language pathology and is on the Dean’s list. Upon returning to Singapore, she worked in KK Women’s and Children’s hospital before she started The Children’s Speech Therapist in 2003. The practice grew to Leapfrogs in 2005 and continues today. The inspiration, research, and design for the curriculum at The Little Executive emerged out of all the years working with over 6000 children.
Michelle finds great delight in understanding how each little human being is unique and is constantly fueled by their small but meaningful achievements, tickled by their unexpected comebacks, and inspired by their absorbent minds.

She is currently a Clinical Supervisor and external council member supporting the Masters of Speech Pathology Programme in the National University of Singapore, served on the board for additional qualifications with the Allied Health Professional Council, and has been involved in leading several volunteer speech therapy training projects with the Singapore International Foundation. Michelle has been invited as a specialist to numerous talks, workshops and has been interviewed on the topic of children development and currently holds 12 certificates from the College of Teachers, UK and is pursuing IACT, USA accreditation. She knows though, that when it comes to children, no course will have all the answers and that as she teaches them, they will be her greatest teachers.

Michelle Choy


Co-Founder

Michelle views raising 6 kids despite the odds, and continuing to parent them bravely in these challenging times, as one of her greatest achievements. She holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Newcastle and is passionate about working with children and discovering ways for them to reach their optimal function in their occupation – that of a child and student.

Enriched with much wisdom from her parenting experiences, she has been regularly interviewed on TV, radio, newspapers and jointly authored the parenting book “Keep Calm and Mother on”. An opinion leader in the local education scene, she has been invited to closed door dialogues with the Ministry of Education.

A deep concern of hers is the worrying trend of escalating mental health issues in our young, which spurred her to be a voice to champion for a less stressful and more meaningful childhood. Her beliefs are reflected in the unconventional way in which she brings up her children, eschewing kiasuism and the proverbial rat race for a more purposeful and applicable education. She volunteers in a local hospice, with children and the elderly in her community, and sits on the committee of the parents’ support group in her daughters’ school.

She refuses to accept the notion that academic success and the happiness of the child are mutually exclusive. Idealistic as it may sound, Michelle hopes to change the learning landscape from one of teaching to the test to one of enabling each and every child to shine in his or her own learning curve, with the attainment of success in whichever field they may so choose in future.

May Chan


Programme Director

May is co-founder of Leapfrogs Children’s Therapy Centre and head of the Education Team. Prior to Leapfrogs, she founded Victoria Place for Children, a Montessori pre-school, was a literacy specialist at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, an early educator at PCF kindergarten, a parent volunteer at her childrens’ schools, and a volunteer at childrens’ welfare homes. An avid advocate of children’s development, she decided to pursue further studies in Special Education with the Flinders University, Australia, which she completed in 2008, when she was close to her 60th birthday. A clear life-long learner, May holds at least 16 accreditations from UK’s College of Teachers and is currently part of International Association of Counsellors and Therapists’ pioneering class.

As a Programme Director, May believes in continual professional training for her team, sharing the latest teaching techniques and resources. She acknowledges their personal qualities, builds a trusting relationship with them and provides an enjoyable environment for them to grow professionally. May is a source of inspiration to her team and believes in parent education and family involvement. She manages extension projects for three related groups: 1) Sibling Camp to help the siblings of children in therapy understand the struggles in the family, 2) Outreach Projects to educate preschool teachers about “Red Flags” to identify troubled students, and 3) a Parent Workshop Series explaining the 7 Essential Skills for Learning and how they can help their children.

May knows that children, regardless of native abilities and learning styles, need a collection of fundamental skills for success in school and adult life. With the right approach and understanding, she believes children can excel in language and cognitive learning and become more resilient when faced with challenges in learning.

Sandra Tan


Educator

After 15 years of teaching in our local MOE schools, Sandra realises that it is not intelligence alone that determines whether a child will be successful in life. Rather, it is one’s positive mindset towards achievements, goals and failures which makes one eventually able to strive and excel, which is something she aims to instill in her own 3 children.

Graduating magna cum laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Theology, Sandra found her passion for teaching and saw it as her special mission as an educator to find the “gem” in every child, to develop and grow them to their unique fullest potential in order to find their place as an active contributing person in society.

Following her capacity as Head of Department, she obtained her Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida and believes that working with a team of passionate educators will inevitably make classrooms a happy and conducive learning experience for every child.

Jamielene Fernandez


Educator

A graduate from the school of life and then (due to the demands of societal norms and realities) Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Sports Science with a Diploma in Education, Jamie brings with her 8 years of teaching experience with MOE in the local primary school education scene. Having taught in both a neighbourhood school as well as what is deemed as “one of the better schools” in Singapore, Jamie has long been an advocate of unconventional teaching methods to bridge the gap between children having a purposeful education to prepare them for all of life’s challenges versus just scoring an A on a test.

Jamie’s passion for lifelong learning has also been translated into her being appointed as a School Staff Developer where she was responsible for introducing courses to teachers for their continual development. She was also tasked to organize purposeful overseas school trips for their students. Some of her personal achievements include attaining the Outstanding Contribution Award in both the individual and team categories for two consecutive years. She has been certified in conducting Co-operative and Collaborative Learning, and earned an honors in Grade 7 Oral Communication from the London College of Music. Her passions include educating her two children on life’s values and skills, volunteering at her daughter’s pre-school as well as having a good workout which she always makes time for.

Lim Hai Choo


Educator

Ms Lim has over 30 years of teaching experience under her belt, having taught in MOE schools at the Primary, Secondary and JC levels. As Head of Department of Knowledge Skills in several JCs, she found a perfect fit with the process driven philosophy at TLE. Having taught the compulsory subject Project Work at premier JCs like RJC as well as ACJC, JJC and PJC, she noticed that these skills were not so forthcoming when trying to develop them at the age of 16. She firmly believes that these crucial skills have to be taught at an early age so that it becomes almost second nature to them, which gives them the foundation to cope with a demanding academic curriculum as well as being able to work in teams and prepare for the real world.

With a Degree in Computer Science from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, her teaching experience cuts across an interesting repertoire of both the Humanities and Science arenas including English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Project Work and she has had the privilege to teach a whole spectrum of children from high ability gifted students as well as students with learning needs. Ms Lim has mentored many teachers under her charge, was awarded a distinction in School Practice with the Institute of Education (Singapore) and was commended the National Day Long Service Award for her love, dedication and passion in teaching. She volunteers as a Sunday school teacher at her church’s pre-school division and is married with 2 grown up children.

Gene Chua


Educator

Having worked with preschool children from 6 months to 6 years for over 10 years, Ms Gene strongly believes in setting the right foundation from an early age. She has taught in various Brain Enrichment programmes including My Little Genius and Shichida Methods.

With a degree in Psychology and Counseling from Roehampton University in the U.K., she understands the importance of fostering mental resilience in children to aid in their personal and social development. She is an advocate of using play to help children achieve academic success the stress-free way. She has a sincere desire to work closely with children to develop them holistically whilst unleashing their inner potential.

Gan Mei Ling


Educator

Mei Ling has been working with pre-school children for over 8 years at various centres such as Pat’s Schoolhouse and MindChamps as a Senior Reading and Writing Consultant. A graduate from the University of London in Economics, her journey in the education field began when her 2 children were young.

She believes that every child comes with different learning abilities and it is our role as educators to harness their potential. She firmly believes that success is not just measured by academic qualifications but being able to step out of our comfort zone to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. She sees the need to instil resilience and a growth mindset in the children under her charge, to press on despite the challenges they may face.

Melissa Tan


Educator

Melissa has worked with preschool children from 18 months to 6 years, and it is the growth of the children which motivates her the most. Whether the improvements are seen as sudden giant leaps or small breakthroughs, Melissa recognises and encourages these important changes in the children.

A graduate from the University of London with a Bachelor of Science in Business, she found her passion in teaching and obtained a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She taught English in My First Skool as well as Mindchamps Reading and Writing Preschool. A firm believer that one should ‘never stop learning as life never stops teaching’, she is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics with Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Melissa has found joy in helping children discover their inner potential and achieve their cognitive and socio-emotional goals. She is a firm believer in ‘learning through play’ for children to truly enjoy the learning process and retain knowledge. To her, each child has limitless potential- they just need to find the keys to unlock this treasure chest.

Camille Castano


Educator

Camille is a passionate Early Childhood Educator with more than 9 years of teaching experience in various school settings including an international school and MindChamps as a Reading and Writing specialist. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Majoring in Early Childhood and is also trained in Early Childhood Music and Drama which equipped her with the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver developmentally appropriate and holistic lessons.

Camille believes that every child is unique and their uniqueness is what makes them special. With this belief, she ensures that her lessons are tailored to cater to the different needs and strengths of her students. Camille’s passion for teaching inside the classroom transcends to her community as well. She has worked pro bono with different non-profit organisations such as Playeum and ExpatGiving.