Overview of Alumni Pathways
The Alumni Movement is a core part of Teach For Malaysia.
Regardless of their chosen career pathways, Alumni continue to work together across different sectors to champion for excellent education for all children.
To date, we have 299 Alumni in the Movement – and growing.
Our Alumni find success in a variety of roles after completing the Fellowship.
Here are some of the career pathways they have chosen.
- "Being a TFM Fellow has helped me vastly to improve my emotional intelligence, enhance my communication skills with various stakeholders, presentation skills for formal/informal gatherings and negotiation skills with people from all walks of life."Dipesh Sanghvi, 2012 AlumnusHR Services Change & Engage Advisor, Shell Malaysia
Pathway : Staying in Teaching"There's a steep learning curve to master teaching. It is just as challenging as my previous job as a consultant. Teachers have to craft lessons that cater to different students sitting in one class. We learn about each student's learning preferences, capabilities, their family background. Teaching is so dynamic. Every single lesson can be both exciting and draining - which is why I love what I do."Tay Lee Yen, 2015 AlumnaTeacher at a high-need school in Selama, Perak
Pathway : Working with the MOE"In my second year of teaching, I co-founded a school transformation programme called Project GUSTO [...] The goal is to improve students’ learning outcomes by empowering teachers to lead and drive transformation in their respective schools. It is now in its final year and we have seen a tremendous change in the teachers and students."Melissa Tanya Gomes, 2013 AlumnaCo-Founder of Edvolution Enterprise
Pathway : Academia & Further Studies"One of the greatest gains from those two years was the realisation that teachers' relationships with their managers are pivotal to their classroom practice, and that such relationships are strained in most Malaysian schools. Hence my PhD project: a comparative study on how to keep teachers accountable without triggering the blame games that damage student outcomes."Hwa Yue - Yi, 2014 AlumnaPursuing her PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge under the Gates Cambridge Global Scholarship
Pathway : Social Entrepreneurship"Teaching allowed me to understand how things were like on the ground. We have a lot of assumptions about our schools, our teachers and the education system but to be in a classroom gave me insight into the challenges that exist and led us to come up with a solution, through Arus.""Alina Amir, 2013 AlumnaCo-Founder of Arus Academy
- "Teach For Malaysia Fellows exhibit the kind of hard work, commitment, creativity, and civic consciousness that we prize so highly at Google.By supporting them in their mission to end education inequity, we help create the kind of individuals we want to see in our workforce - those with excellent skill sets forged in demanding work environments, who are keenly aware of the world around them an care enough to change what isn’t right about it."
Previous Managing Director at Google (Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and new emerging markets)
Whether continuing to impact learning in the system, or championing for education in the corporate and social sector, our Alumni play a big role in transforming education for students.
Fellows & Alumni
From championing quality education through in the classroom to driving innovation through policy, research and third sector work, they continue to grow their influence and secure resources to support the movement.
In Year 2 of the Fellowship, every Fellow runs an initiative directed at social or educational improvement in their community.
After the Fellowship, some Alumni continue on as social entrepreneurs working in STEM, performing arts, literacy, school transformation, and student leadership.
Global School Leaders MalaysiaLed by Cheryl Fernando (2013)
Global School Leaders Malaysia is a school leadership development programme working with 24 schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. The programme focuses on developing 4 domains of school leadership: Leading Learning, Leading for Equity, Leading People and Leading for School Improvement.Learn More
MYReadersCo-founded by Charis Ding (2013), Rachel Lim (2014), Alex Lim (2013) & Tay Sue Yen (2014)
MYReaders is a social enterprise that provides literacy programmes in schools and communities to empower children to read. As part of their core work, MYReaders provides literacy toolkits to students, delivers training to teachers and student mentors, and develops customised modules tailored to the needs of schools.Learn More
ARTspireCo-founded by Candee Chee (2016) and Khor Wei Ken (2016)
ARTspire is an initiative based in Pasir Gudang that aims to empower students to express themselves creatively and confidently through performing arts by providing a platform to learn and showcase themselves. ARTspire is a platform for students to develop fluency in English while developing their confidence creative expression.Learn More
The Fellowship is a rigorous programme that develops Fellows to lead themselves, lead others and lead change. After the Fellowship, Alumni continue their journey of leadership both in and beyond the classroom.
Akmal Arif (2015 Alumnus)
School teacherAkmal teaches in a school in Miri, where he coaches the school rugby team. In 2018, two girls from his team represented Sarawak in SUKMA.
Connie Foong (2012 Alumna)
Co-founder, Closing The GapConnie’s organisation aims to improve access to higher education for young people from underrepresented backgrounds, As of 2019, her organisation has supported 130 students.
Candee Chee (2016 Alumna)
Programme Manager, Rapid Youth Success Entrepreneurship ProgrammeIn her role, Candee works to empower members of B40 communities and develop them into successful entrepreneurs.