SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
  pang soh lianPang Soh Lian
Subject Head, Faculty of Mathematics

Soh Lian graduated with a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Mathematics) from the National University of Singapore. She then obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, with a Distinction in Teaching Practice. She completed the Management and Leadership in Schools Programme in 2009 where her expertise in management, leadership and innovation were honed. Amongst her teaching achievements, Soh Lian was presented the National Day Commendation Award (2013), Caring Teacher Award (2008) and Rotary Club Excellence in Teaching Award (2005).

After graduating from NIE, Soh Lian was selected to teach Gifted Education Programme (GEP) Mathematics at Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary). In 2007, she was appointed Head of Mathematics Department.

With a deep expertise in leading, teaching and learning, Soh Lian grew the department of teachers in designing instructional pedagogy, leveraging on technologies, to enhance the teaching of Mathematics. The programme now caters to a spectrum of students spanning from the very gifted to those who require additional support so that each can fulfil their potential.

To help develop interest in Mathematics and diversify learning beyond the classroom, Soh Lian introduced Mathematical Modelling where students learn how Mathematics can be used to model everyday activities. Soh Lian was key in redesigning teaching pedagogy to emphasise Understanding by Design (UBD). She has also undergone International Baccalaureate's specialised training in teaching Mathematics and Approaches to Learning.

As a student, Soh Lian had always enjoyed dance, drama and singing. She was in the Chinese Dance Society from Primary to Junior College, and was the Chairperson of Chinese Literary, Drama and Debate Society in Junior College. She enjoys watching different types of dance performances spanning from Royal Ballet to Jazz, and Hip Hop. Besides the aesthetics, Soh Lian also played Squash in her Junior College and University years. She believes in a holistic model of learning. Curricular activities, co-curricular activities and interests should complement each other to develop talent in each field. Soh Lian hopes to help every student kindle their interest in Mathematics and find relevance for it within their field of expertise.