Chooi Khee Wai obtained his first degree in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and later did a graduate study in Chemistry at the University of Auckland where he was conferred the Master of Science (Honours). He also holds a Diploma in Education from the Institute of Education (NUS). In 2010, he pursued the Master of Education Studies programme from the University of Adelaide and was awarded the Executive Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in 2011 and the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Most Outstanding Master of Educational Studies Students Completing in 2012.
Prior to joining SOTA, Khee Wai taught Chemistry in the Gifted Education Programme at the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and was the Subject Head in Chemistry and Lower Secondary Science at Serangoon Secondary School.
He was also the Head of Science Department at Temasek Secondary School. His experience in the education sector also includes being the Curriculum Specialist and Curriculum Planning Officer at the Ministry of Education, and the Dean of Chemistry, School Staff Developer and Director of Talent Development at the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). Khee Wai has more than 12 years of teaching experience in International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Chemistry. He has undergone a few specialised training sessions by the International Baccalaureate Organisation in teaching the subject, as well as training in IBDP’s Approaches to Teaching and Learning. He was also involved in MOE’s Focus Group Discussion on the School-Based Science Practical Assessment. Subsequently, he was a Member of the Chemistry Syllabus Review Committee as well as in the Working Committee in the Review of School Science Laboratory Safety Regulations.
Khee Wai is a strong advocator in nurturing deep thinking skills and facilitating conceptual understanding in students. He loves to travel and appreciate different cultures and food, and photographs interesting sceneries and historical places. He loves nature and enjoys photographing wildlife too. He listens to Western and Chinese classical music, and was a percussionist in his primary school band and a member of the Chinese Orchestra when he was a student at the National Junior College. He was the teacher overall-in-charge of the ACS (Independent) Symphonic Band and had accompanied the ACS (Independent) Philharmonic Orchestra to London for their master classes and public performances.