Elaine strongly believes that exposing young children to the arts at an early age is crucial to every child’s development. Due to her strong belief, she co-founded The Learning Connections (TLC), an arts education organization that advocates and provides quality and authentic arts experiences for young people by way of arts education programmes and educational theatre shows.
Elaine holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia and a Diploma in Speech and Drama from London Teacher Training College. She has more than 25 years of experience working with young children, families and early childhood educators. A passionate early childhood leader and educator, she consults with preschool organizations an lectures at SEED Institute, Wheelock College, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She is also a research advisor, particularly in the area of early childhood curriculum planning, leadership and arts education for professional educators studying at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She is currently a PhD candidate at Griffith University.
Elaine conducts training and workshops on arts education (Drama) for young children for educators, parents and teaching artists through agencies such as Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), National Arts Council (NAC), SEED Institute and National Heritage Board (NHB). She is one of the pioneer drama educators to support NAC in the piloting of the Preschool Artist-In-School scheme in 2014 and Preschool Arts Education Programmes in 2015. In 2016, Elaine was invited by NAC to go to Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in the U.S. to present an interdisciplinary arts workshop together with 2 other local arts educators. She also co-developed and co-facilitated a drama and movement workshop with a teaching artist from Wolf Trap for teaching artists and early childhood educators in Singapore.
She currently heads the Continuing Education and Training committee at the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA), as well as serving as a Consultant for Singapore’s first Baby Theatre Production.