Overheard at TFM Week 2013: Day 3

It’s Teach For Malaysia Week, and we’ve rounded up the best, most inspiring, or funniest quotes we’ve been hearing in all our schools in this recap! Here’s the round-up for Day 3.

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“Facebook pictures helped me learn English!” – Motivational speaker Michael Teoh knows what gets his kids excited

“I train hard to be the best. If you are persistent & work hard, you can reach your targets.” – National squash player Azlan Iskandar

Photo Credit: Azlan Iskandar

“I’m not gonna teach you to cook Maggi Mee today!” – Brian Chen, professional chef and Masterchef finalist

“Help one person at a time and start with the person next to you.” – Michael Teoh

Brian Chen: “What is ubat gigi in English?”
Student: “Teeth medicine!”

“I will put SMK Mahang on the map!” – Zeffri Yusof, Manager of Communications & Public Affairs at Google… while putting the school on Google Maps

Photo Credit: Zeffri Yusof

“To be a good journalist, you have to be curious…or in other words, kepoh” – Malaysian Insider Editor Jahabar Sadiq

“I found my passion in cooking, and in people like you.” – Brian Chen

Photo Credit: Brian Clark

“You are very fortunate to have Cikgu Fiona!” – Martin Ng, partner at Deloitte

“Nama gelaran atau kereta hilang?” – Jahabar, upon calling on a student and being told his name is Carlos

“I promise to be brave and ask questions!” – Student in Cikgu Azlina’s class

“Dream big, soar high and find your secret power!” – Christopher Tock finds life lessons in Spiderman

“The canteen food up north is better than the food I would pay for in KL.” – Teach For Malaysia’s Partnership Development Associate Director Imtyaz Azzat

“You need to know where you want to go so you can find out how to get there.” – Suresh Shanmugam, Managing Director of GE Aviation, and two-time #TFMWeek participant

“Mr. Suresh from GE must be butter because he is on a roll today!” – An impressed Dossier White, Director of Training & Support at Teach For Malaysia

“The last thing you should do is give up. If you give up, you lose everything.” – Suresh Shanmugam