Educating children with special needs since 2005

May Chan

Founder / Programme Director
Bachelor in Special Education


The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.

- Maria Montessori
This is one of my favorite Maria Montessori’s quotes! Her belief that children could reach new levels of understanding when they are acknowledged as individuals and be given the due respect for their natural psychological, physical and social development is astounding. I value, respect, and honor the personal rights and dignity of the child as a fellow human being. It is clear to me that my role is to guide them to develop their strengths and acquire skills to learn in order to succeed in life.

About

May is co-founder of Leapfrogs and the head of the Educational Team. Prior to Leapfrogs, she was a parent volunteer at her childrens’ schools, a volunteer at childrens’ welfare homes, pre-school educator, and the principal of a Montessori childcare centre; she also taught at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. As her interest in working with children with special learning needs grew, she decided to further her studies in Special Education with the Flinders University, Australia, which she completed in 2008.

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.

As a Programme Director, May believes in continual professional training for her team, sharing new 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. Outside the premises of Leapfrogs, 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.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Special Education (The Flinders University of South Australia)
  • Diploma of Educational Studies (The College of Teachers UK)
  • Diploma in the Theory & Application of the Montessori Method of Education (The College of Modern Montessori, UK)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (KinderWorld, accredited by the Singapore Ministry of Community Development & Sports)
  • Mediated Learning Experience (FIE Basic) Certified (The Feuerstein Institute, Israel)
  • Mediated Learning Experience (FIE Standard) Certified(The Feuerstein Institute, Israel)
  • Search & Teach – National Institute for Learning Development (NILD, USA)
  • Phoneme Sequencing, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Talkies, Seeing Stars (Lindamood-Bell, USA)
  • Dynamic Assessment for Young Children - Theory and Application (Professor David Tzuriel of Bar-Ilan University Israel)
  • Psycho-educational Diagnostic Profile of a Child with Special Needs (National Institute of Education, SG)
  • Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner, USA)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Trained
  • Orton-Gillingham (OG) (Ronald Yoshimoto, USA)
  • BrainRx (LearningRX, USA)
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Who we are

“An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough....
The curriculum is so much necessary raw material,
but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child."
- Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

Michelle Tham

Founder / Clinical Director


May Chan

Founder / Programme Director


A.Shanthi

Educational Therapist


Mandy Low

Educational Therapist


Geraldine Chong

Speech Therapist


Khristine Del Rosario

Occupational Therapist


Katie Owen

Speech Therapist


Sharon Rodrigues

Speech Therapist


Kris Borja

Occupational Therapist


Priscilla Tan

Support Staff