Deputy Director, Technology Management & Services
Boo Sock Li
- Teacher, Faculty of Science
Boo Sock Li is a mother of four who has a strong passion in education. She majored in Chemistry and
Physics for her Bachelor of Science Degree in the National University of Singapore. She then
attained her Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Chemistry from the National University of
Singapore and her Post-graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education.
Sock Li started teaching A Level Chemistry in National Junior College in January, 1997. She received
the Outstanding Teacher Award in October 2000 from the University of Chicago after being
nominated by a former student who found her to be a caring, passionate, engaging and inspiring
teacher. In 2001, due to complications in the pregnancy of her twins, Sock Li had to stop teaching.
She subsequently became a stay-home mother, raising up four sons without any helper. To prepare
herself for returning to the education scene, Sock Li did a part-time Master of Science by Research
programme in the National Institute of Education while working as a Project Officer in Nanyang
Technological University in 2016. The work required her to design her own experiments and operate
various scientific instrumentations in various laboratories to study her samples. Sock Li gave up her
Master Degree to take up the opportunity to teach in Anglo Singapore International School in
Bangkok in January 2018. She taught mainly Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry and
inspired her students to achieve Top in A Level Chemistry in Thailand (June 2019) and High
Achievement AS Level Chemistry (Oct 2019). Sock Li returned to Singapore recently due to the travel
restrictions that incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sock Li joined the Art Club in her primary school years, drawing with pastel crayons. During her
school days in Nanyang Girls’ High and National Junior College, she played the pipa in the Chinese
Orchestra. She also played the pipa in Singapore Foochow Association from 1990 to 1997. She
wrote Chinese poems and short essays in her school days where some of her works were published
in the local Chinese newspapers. She also performed in poem recital when she was in the Chinese
Literacy, Drama and Debate Society in NJC. Sock Li enjoyed sewing various crafts using the sewing
machine since she was a primary school girl. She strongly supports environmental sustainability and
likes to repair or upcycle various household items.
Sock Li’s personality and character resonates strongly with SOTA’s mission and values. She looks
forward to nurturing creative, humble, diligent, independent and responsible young adults who will
contribute positively to make the whole world a better place.