Carean L. Oh is the founder of Writers Studio. She has been actively involved in the development of English language resources and lessons since 2004.
Since then, she has worked closely with parents and students to deliver the best results. She believes in a unique language mastery pathway for each student. Every student who steps into the studio is carefully assessed in the hope of identify their strengths and weaknesses in the language.
Carean was awarded the Caring Teacher Awards for three consecutive years by the Ministry of Education. She was accorded the Outstanding Teacher Award (Cluster-based) presented by Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, Member of Parliament. She was also a Nominee for President's Award for Teachers (Nation-based). In addition, she is also proud to have a Special Mention by Director-General of Education in the Teacher's Day Speech for her dedication and commitment to her students. She was a finalist for the Outstanding Youth in Education Award. These attest to her level of commitment in the field of Education.
Her talent in teaching and managing was quickly recognised by the Ministry and she was promoted to a Subject Head; subsequently to a Head of Department in local schools. Due to her strong sense of commitment and integrity, she was given significant roles in the schools that she had taught in. Such roles included opportunities to run school-wide campaigns, charity events and competitions on a large scale. She was invited to be seconded to New York for further training in pedagogy.
In school, she was a qualified Speech and Drama specialist, having spearheaded numerous performances and literary projects with students. Her qualifications include being trained in teaching students with Higher Abilities. She coordinated Gifted Education Screening Tests in the schools she taught in. She also was appointed Coordinator of Cluster-Based Research workshops in collaboration with the National Institute of Education.
Being IT savvy, she designed and spearheaded the development of the school's Information and Communications Technology learning platform. Her radical approach to engaging both teachers and students in leveraging ICT in the classrooms was showcased in the MOE Excel Fest. Today, her legacy continues in the schools that she had taught in, where the platforms that she had created continue to inspire its users. She was a Learning Design Consultant and played an active role as a consultant for the development of Science & English language learnware for primary and secondary schools.
In the local schools, she was a well-known figure among students and teachers alike. Students know her best for her unwavering passion in teaching. Her very first batch of students reverently maintains close contact with her. In fact, the design of the Studio headquarter's original entrance was a tribute by her best student, Angela Low, who presented the medieval themed concept. In the studio, Carean's presence is an inspiration to both teachers and students. Her favourite quotation by John W. Gardner is, 'Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.' In creating the perfect environment for her students and teachers, she believe that the studio should adopt a strong culture of learning. She works very closely with her team, students and their parents who respect her teaching style.
The founder also has close ties with her Korean clients. Having taught in Korea for a period of time, she is well-versed with the language barriers her Korean students face. She is patient and determined, encouraging yet assertive with her Korean students. Many of whom have even secured places in the top classes in their schools, and top schools including Methodist Girls Secondary, Raffles Girls School, NUS High, National Junior College, River Valley High, Nanhua High and SOTA. She also grooms students from prestigious international schools including the Singapore American School and the Canadian International School. She enjoys teaching her students and even attends Korean lessons to provide better explanations for her foreign students. Today, she has also won the admiration of a growing number of Chinese students who value her fine mastery in language teaching.
Carean believes that every child has his potential to master the language when placed under the care of good teachers. She also ensures her Primary Six students secure a good outcome in their DSA applications by guiding students in their personal statements and interviews.
Carean is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Literature with a renown university in United Kingdom, under the tutelage of a prolific British novelist. She is also a travel fiction and research writer for resorts, hotels and private clients. She enjoys writing as a hobby and is a patron of fine arts. Carean was interviewed by Channel News Asia which filmed her lesson as a feature in one of their documentaries. She has also been invited by ONE15 Marina to showcase her latest Storyesque book writing programme to expatriates. Her teachers have also been invited to teach poetry at the Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series children's concert workshops at The Esplanade. Trial lessons for her Storyesque project at the recent SmartKidsAsia Fest at the Expo were a sell-out.
On the community front, Carean volunteers with her doctor siblings and husband to help the intellectually disabled. She has been doing so since she was 21. She has a heart of gold, and donates to TTKGS, National Book Council, OBW Singapore, BABES and many other charity events. Her students are excited to visit her third library that provides a diverse collection of books at no extra cost.