If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
- Maya Angelou
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 children's’ 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.