DR. JOSEPH GUAN, M.M. ED., PH.D., CEP.
Dr. Joseph Guan is known to his peers as the Renaissance Man for being adept in a wide expanse of subjects. He epitomises the highest achievement of the Alpha Mind state.
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Dr. Joseph Guan spent 21 years as a Principal and a Vice-Principal, eventually leaving the education system to do international corporate training for the last 15 years, specializing in the areas of emotional intelligence, leadership, stress management, learning strategies, personal effectiveness, team building, speed reading, time management, creative thinking, coaching and counseling skills.
He is a certified hypnotherapist from the American Board of Hypnotherapy (1997) and is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming (1990) and a Time Line Therapist (1997). He is also the Regional Coordinator of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (Pacific Rim/Australia) (2002 – 2008) which is a new emerging field of counseling and therapy that utilizes the alignment of energy pathways of the body to treat emotional, cognitive and physical distress. He has a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology and is a certification instructor in Energy Psychology since 2007.
Dr Guan has had advanced training in Neurofeedback and is actively assisting children with learning disabilities with a variety of interventions including learning strategies, brain gym, energy psychology and neurofeedback.
He is the clinical director and founder of Brain Enhancement Centre Private Limited (2005 till present). Dr Guan has presented papers in Neurofeedback in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia and has treated more than 1500 clients in the past 14 years. Dr Guan is a certification instructor for Global Neurofeedback Initiative initiated by Brainmaster Technologies Inc. USA and also principal instructor and trainer of Brainmaster Technologies for the Asia Pacific Region.
Eugene Tay founded The Alpha Mind on the belief that there's more to life than what is being taught at school. He has a reputation in the industry as being a visionary.
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Eugene Tay spent 15 years in the enrichment and alternative education, specializing in creative writing, creative thinking, solutions design game design, mindset empowerment and learning strategies. He is certified in Pedagogy for Arts Training, Essentials of Learning and Teaching from National Institute of Education International (NIEI).
Eugene Tay founded Monsters Under the Bed and was the brains behind the various initiatives from 2006 - 2015, before selling off the company to investors. The curricula he developed were awarded the Arts Elective Programme status by the National Arts Council. During the decade at the helm of Singapore’s most creative education company, Eugene also spearheaded various national level initiatives such as The Budding Writers League, 14:59 Publication, Little Lit, and Booktique.
Eugene designed a total of three boardgames based on local heritage and two of them were awarded Product of The Year by the National Heritage Board. For his works in the Arts and Culture, Eugene represented Singapore as a Torch Bearer for the Youth Olympics Games (2010) and as a representative for Singapore at the Asia Heritage Festival in Bali (2011).
In 2014, Eugene assisted Macpherson Primary School in developing pitch a classroom gamification concept that won an accolade at MOE Excel Fest.
In 2016, Eugene was invited to take up a new challenge by Temasek Foundation to create a pilot programme that would make non-academic subjects in school fun and relevant, effectively solving a perennial problem plaguing our society.
OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DESIGNER
Sonia is an avid urban explorer and a professional hike leader. She's also a mother of four and a Speech & Drama teacher when she isn't spelunking in some undiscovered cavern on her own.
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Sonia attributes her love for the outdoor to her mother who encouraged her to explore the world freely at a young age. Sonia embodies The Alpha Mind's philosophy that the world is indeed our classroom. Academically, Sonia was top of her class, but her thirst for knowledge led her to continually push personal boundaries and pick up new skills everywhere she went.
While her peers were going out for movies and dates during the school holidays, Sonia was out somewhere trekking mountains. She put her wanderlust life on hold at the age of 23 to start a family. After devoting her life to raising four children and taking care of the household as a full time mother and wife, Sonia decided to continue where she had left off in 2018 and pursued a life of adventure. To date, she has traveled to, or led hikes, in places like Bhutan, Switzerland, and a large part of Asia.
Mr Tay shares one such activity from The Hero's Within programme he piloted at YMCA’s SCC, based in Zhangde Primary School:
“I encouraged the children to create colourful origami butterflies. When I asked the students what they thought this project was all about, they explained that the young of the butterfly is a caterpillar, and it’s on the ground just crawling away, very ugly, but if you believe enough in yourself, you can actually have the possibility and potential to grow into a beautiful butterfly and fly around the world. Through this activity, children learnt to believe in themselves – simple, yet it sends a very powerful message.”