Bastions of the school’s IT team, Vincent Teo (MMC’04) and Andrew Lim both earned their Long Service Awards last year for their enduring years of work. Having seen the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information grow and develop over the years, they both have many fond and vivid memories of the school through the years.
Vincent Teo (MMC’04), Assistant Director of Technology & Facilities: THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE
It is not uncommon for one to pursue a Master’s degree while working, but Vincent Teo, 50, took things one step further: he earned his Master in Mass Communication degree in WKWSCI while working in the school’s Technology and Facilities department.
“I’m proud that I’m still here. The people that I work with, my team, that is what keeps me going.”
Teo, who was promoted to Assistant Director of Technology & Facilities three years ago, started off as a media specialist in 1998. In his earlier role, he was in charge of the upkeep of studios and editing labs. Today, he leads the technology team in WKWSCI and works closely with the faculty to maintain the school’s facilities, equipment and software.
A few years into his career at WKWSCI, and spurred by his thirst for knowledge, Teo decided to further his education. Every day, he would tirelessly work in the day before attending his lessons in the evenings.
“I always believe in learning and upgrading. I encourage my colleagues to keep up with technology, upgrade their skill sets and knowledge,” said Teo, who earned his graduate degree in 2004. “That’s how you become more knowledgeable to be able to contribute more to your organisation.”
He is grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve in WKWSCI for so many years. “I’m proud that I’m still here. The people that I work with, my team, that is what keeps me going,” he said.
Although the work of the technology and facilities team may not be seen by all in the school, Teo feels that it is all part of the job as a support staff. “The students don’t have to do that, but when they give us small things like a token of appreciation or words of gratitude, at least we know that we have touched somebody by giving them that service.”
Andrew Lim, Assistant Manager of Technology: TEACHER TO ALL
“I like that I am able to impart my knowledge and nurture the younger generation with our technical support … Although we are not teachers, we can still teach them stuff that you can’t learn on the textbook.”
Even though he is not in the teaching profession, 48-year-old Andrew Lim is just as keen on sharing his expertise and knowledge in IT with WKWSCI students.
As the Assistant Manager of Technology in WKWSCI, Lim is in charge of the lab equipment that students use every day. In addition, he oversees the budget for new software and equipment, and supports students with his intricate knowledge of the various types of software available.
“I like that I am able to impart my knowledge and nurture the younger generation with our technical support,” said Lim, who has been with the school since 1998. “Although we are not teachers, we can still teach them stuff that you can’t learn on the textbook.”
Lim first joined the school as a lab technician. Having no prior experience, he had to undergo training and learnt as he went along – much like a student himself. It was not easy starting from scratch, but he maintained a positive outlook and used the challenges in his career to push himself to do better.
“If you find a sense of belonging and achievement in your job, you will definitely stay long (in the job),” he said.