2020 Yale Educator Award

We extend our heartiest congratulations to Mr Nick Perry (Senior Consultant/English Literature) who has been awarded the 2020 Yale Educator Award. The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators globally who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels.

Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee comprising Yale admissions officers reviews the nominations individually and designates recipients. Of this year’s 317 nominees, who represent 41 states and 19 countries, 57 teachers and 24 counsellors were selected to receive the award.

Mr Perry was nominated by Shao Xinning (18A15) who wrote that:

“Mr Nicholas Perry reminds one of Mr Keating in the Dead Poet Society - a humorous, dedicated, and inspiring teacher of English Literature. His unique background in theater enables him to deliver each lesson in a vivid, engaging, almost dramatic manner. It was him who enabled me, one who had never read an English poem before, to enter, fumble around, and become mesmerized in the world of English poetry - not just reading and understanding the poems, but hearing them, seeing them, tasting them, and experiencing them. He doesn't give you "analysis" of the poem, but he picks up literary details for us to discuss, and somehow, with his guidance, the poem manifests its fascinating layers of sensations, as we delve deeper and deeper into it, relishing its silent charm.

Outside the classroom, Mr Perry is always approachable and ready to help. It was because of his encouragement that many of my classmates and I could be confident enough to pursue what we truly want. He believed in me, a non-native English speaker, and told me my sensitivity to language and sharpness in literary nuances is "a force of nature"; he believed that we were talented enough to become what we wanted to become - and it turned out that we truly were. I'd always feel grateful and fortunate for having been taught by Mr Perry at Hwa Chong, the one who welcomed me to another world, and enabled me to find my place in it. “