Hello! This is Mr Alan Cheng, one of the English teachers at LTPSS. I grew up in a small village called West Kirby in the north-west of England and lived in England for over twenty years having migrated there with my family when I was very young. I graduated from the University of Manchester with an honours degree in Economics and Social Studies. Since then, I have also attained a certificate in “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages” from Trinity College London, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (English) and an MA (Applied English Linguistics) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Why I became a teacher?
As a business graduate, I was destined for the bright lights and skyscrapers of the City. Why then, as many have asked, did I become an English teacher?
Upon graduation, I spent a year in Guangzhou, PRC, teaching English to college students. This was where I discovered my love and passion for teaching. I began to develop a new level of respect for teachers as I finally understood what it meant to be a teacher. Perhaps it was fate that took me to Guangzhou, but it certainly was my own choice to make teaching my lifelong career.
The more I taught, the more I loved my job. I found that a teacher’s role is not just limited to the classroom. Instead, a teacher can be a role-model for students in all aspects of life. The opportunity to have a positive influence on someone’s life is my greatest motivation. A motto which has stuck with me since day one is “to teach is to touch a life forever.” I truly believe that the satisfaction I experience from teaching cannot be found anywhere else, because for me teaching is not just a job; it is a lifetime responsibility!
Outside of school
I am a self-confessed football-maniac who rarely goes a day without thinking about football. My favourite football team is Everton FC. West Kirby, the village that I grew up in, is a thirty-minute train journey away from the city of Liverpool. So, when I was a kid, it was a choice between supporting Everton or Liverpool; the choice couldn’t have been simpler! I have followed Everton for over 20 years and never have I regretted my choice. Everton is an inseparable part of my life!
Aside from football, I enjoy doing other physical activities like running, cycling and going to the gym. Doing sports is my way of relaxing and letting out some stress and I love doing these with my colleagues and friends. Since becoming a teacher, I have also developed a love for reading. Although these days I may not have much time to read, I still try my best to dedicate some time each day to catch-up on my reading. I particularly enjoy reading about how positive psychology can be applied to the educational setting.
Finally, my hope as a teacher is to enable my students to be grateful about the small things in life, to fulfil their academic potential and to flourish in life after they leave the school.