Patricia Koh was the former Head of the National Institute of Education, Early Childhood Department in Singapore for 10 years before she started Pat’s Schoolhouse in 1988.
As a leading Educator in Singapore’s Early Childhood scene, she has been sought after by many different organizations to support their efforts in promoting quality care and education for the last 40 years.
Some of her involvements include being on the Singapore Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) Education, the Ministry of Community Development Accreditation Committee, the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) Children’s TV Program, the Community Chest of Singapore, National Computer Board, Singapore Cable Vision, PAP Bukit Batok Citizen’s Consultative Committee, Consultant to the PAP Kim Keat Education Center, The Straits Times Ask The Expert Column and the Singapore Radio Stations 93.8 and Gold 95.
Patricia was also President of the Preschool Teachers’ Association for 16 years from 1977 to 1993. She was responsible for raising the standards for teacher training and the quality of preschool education in Singapore
Patricia supported the Pat’s Schoolhouse brand in her capacity as Founding Director as well as Senior Research Fellow at the Curriculum and Innovation and Research Centre of Knowledge Universe Global.
It was Patricia’s continued guidance and inspirational leadership, Pat’s Schoolhouse clinched two prestigious awards: the 2010 Outstanding Programme Award and2010 Outstanding Infant Educarer Award conferred by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), at last year’s 11th MCYS Child Care Seminar 2010, “Scaling New Heights in Early Years Care and Development”.
Prior to joining Knowledge Universe Global, Patricia served on the committees of many research projects including the Bernard Van Leer Foundation in Hague. Her own research in the area of Bilingualism led her to pioneer a Mandarin Immersion Program for 2 to 5 year olds which impacted the lives of many children in the United States.
Patricia has also published and presented extensively on issues related to early education and curriculum development around the world. She has also been invited to present in the America, Australia, China, Dubai, Egypt, India, Jakarta, Malaysia, Sarawak, United Kingdom and Vietnam. She has also published 40 over stories for preschoolers under her publishing arm, “A-Story-A-Day Production House’ and supported several musicians and young writers in pursuing their dreams through their songs and stories.
Patricia holds a Masters degree in Child Development with Early Childhood Education from the University of London, Institute of Education. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies and researching on the area of Teacher Education and the Effectiveness of Teaching Training Programs.
She has also volunteered her time and talents to serve the needs of children through a few Charitable Organizations such as “I Love Children”, “Mainly I Love Kids (MILK)” , “The School Pocket Money Fund”, “The Compassion Fund” and the Singapore Kindness Movement.
Patricia is married and a devoted mother to three daughters and doting grandmother to three grandsons.