New head to 'future-proof' Singapore American School
Chip Kimball was nearly kicked out of high school and almost did not graduate, but bounced back with help from his teachers, friends in his sporting activities and church.
The newly appointed head of the Singapore American School said his past experiences have shaped his beliefs about what children need and how schools can help them.
What he has learnt about students and schools, he said, is that no single formula works for every child.
"What we need to do is design a variety of opportunities for students, try to understand who they are, their needs and desires, and match that environment based upon the needs of the students," said Dr Kimball, 48. He took over in July as superintendent of the school, which has 3,910 students from pre-school to 12th grade.
"It's not that we're doing anything wrong. It's that what we're doing right for today is probably wrong for tomorrow."
- DR CHIP KIMBALL