Liling Ong

Liling Ong Founder

Liling Ong

Liling has always had a passion for learning and development of kids. She knew that she wanted to work with kids at a very young age. However, she was influenced by her parents, spent much of her early career and education in business and finance, working as a financial adviser. The turning point of her life came in December 2015 when she visited and spent her Christmas with the orphans in Cambodia. The event rekindled her love for kids and the desire to have a positive impact in children’s life. She left her well paid finance career in February 2016 and started to pursue her passion. Today, she runs PIEX Education full time while looking to pursuing her PhD soon. She completed her Master in Education (Learning and Leadership) UTS in June 2020. She wishes to use her knowledge to help develop both coaches and children as aspiring and successful future leaders.

Dr. Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen

 
Adviser

Dr. Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen
 

Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen received her PhD from School of Education, Macquarie University. Bronwen presents ‘creativity’ workshops at several international and national conferences around the world since 2009. In 2015, she presented workshops in Portugal, Madrid and at London University. 2016, Bronwen is invited to present at British Columbia University, Vancouver and ULAC. Bronwen’s PhD research (2010-2015) is in Visual and Creative Arts Education, School of Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney. Bronwen is currently a Research Fellow in Science education where she is evaluating the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) examining the retention and aspirations of low socio-economic students particularly, Indigenous youth.

Vincent Lim

Adviser

Vincent Lim

Vincent Lim is a lawyer and fund manager in Sydney. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and he has been a Fellow of FINSIA since 2002. Vincent believes that good education is a key and important contributor to a child’s development, progress and success. He also believes that the foundation for a child’s successful and brilliant future ought to be laid as early as possible in life. Whilst each child may have his or her own preferred activities, the common theme in all of the fun, exciting and affordable programs offered by PIEX is learning and progressing through sharing, collaboration and teamwork.

Gavin

 
Adviser

Gavin

 
My name is Gavin McCormack. I'm currently the principal at Farmhouse Montessori School in Sydney. I am passionate about teaching and pedagogy. I have taught for over 20 years in several countries across the world. Born in England, I moved to France, Spain, Korea and Australia,, where i taught for 10 years in an Islamic school before training as a Montessori teacher where i have worked for the past 6 years. Over my years as a teacher i have hundreds of teacher training workshops in school across the globe including the U.K. France Australia, India and Nepal. I am an advocate for innovative education practices and believe strongly in development of essential skills in our students from an early age.

Annie Agnew

 
Adviser

Annie Agnew

I completed my initial teacher education in Hawaii and California, upgrading to a BEd in 1990 at ACU (Canberra) after returning to Australia. For a number of years, I taught in primary education in Canberra and middle school Sydney. In the years that followed, I was responsible for the development of technologies in learning, pedagogical practice and leadership at leading schools in Sydney and Canberra, K-12. In 2006, I worked for Apple, managing the Apple Distinguished educator program across Australia and New Zealand. Between leaving Apple and 2016, I held positions of leadership such as assistant Principal, Relieving Principal and Head of Diverse Learning, Literacy and Numeracy in several Sydney schools, across the Catholic and NSW Department of education sectors. I finished my Master of education (Research) and PhD at UTS in 2017 and 2020 respectively. My Phd research is about the way in which mobile technologies are being experienced by pre-adolescents.

Tan Teong Boon

Adviser

Tan Teong Boon

 
Teong Boon Tan is a veteran in field of system and software development and business with over 25 years of experience in New Zealand, China, Japan, India, Malaysia and most parts of Asia. He provides advice on matters related to IT and system development to PIEX.

Michael Liu

Coach

Michael Liu

Michael is currently studying Bachelor of mechanical engineering with honours at Macquarie University. He is passionate about everything technology related from robotics to coding and believes that it will become an essential survival skill in the future. With PIEX Michael has had the opportunity to introduce the next generation to the field of STEM and build an early interest within the field. He hopes to leave a long lasting positive impression of STEM with his students and encourage them into further education in related fields. Michael joined PIEX because of he is passionate about technology and education, he has volunteered for many Robotics competition and mentoring groups prior to PIEX and believes he brings about a positive change.

Celeste Olliffe-Gold

Coach

Celeste Olliffe-Gold

As an artist I am passionate about creativity and making things. I hope to help and encourage children in their creative endeavors in the variety of fields PIEX offers, such as making video games and animations in Scratch and 3D modelling in Tinkercad.

Jessica Nguyen

Coach

Jessica Nguyen

 
Jessica is currently studying Bachelor of Arts with a degree in Bachelor of Primary Education at Macquarie University. Studying and working in the field of education has always been a desire of hers since she was young as she took on the role as a representative at Student Representative Committee to being a teaching assistant throughout her school years. This has given her the opportunity to represent and advocate for her class as well as interact with youth through faith which ultimately has led her to her passion to teach children as a career. Jessica aspires to be an individual who can provide and give access to education to all children despite circumstance, gender, economic and social status in Australia and with hopes that one day she can reach out to children in other countries.

Tiffany Ho

Coach

Tiffany Ho

Tiffany is currently studying Fine Art Honors at the University of New South Wales. She has been teaching arts and working with children for five years now. She supports each student's preferred learning style and encourages empathetic and creative thinking. In the 21st century, Tiffany believes that STEAM Education approaches to learning are becoming increasingly important. She looks forward to providing the young generation with STEAM-based learning at PIEX through memorable, hands-on experiences. ''STEAM education has the power to create change in children's lives.''

Petra Warr

Coach

Petra Warr

Petra is currently completing her Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) degree at UNSW Art & Design, with her focus being on 2D character animation. Her goal is to use her skills as an artist to tell stories with diverse perspectives in a way that is uplifting, supportive and informative. With PIEX, she enjoys supporting children as they learn how to use different programs to creatively express different ideas, such as through coding interactive narratives and 3D modelling.

Aaron Hamilton-Gold

Coach

Aaron Hamilton-Gold

Aaron is a film and multimedia student with a passion for storytelling. He works with 3D modeling technologies to help construct protoype for sets and props. As well as the application of such technologies in day to day life.

Natalie Chhai

Coach

Natalie Chhai

Natalie is currently studying the Bachelor of Cyber Security at Macquarie University and believes that everyone is entitled to quality and accessible education. One of Natalie's key philosophies derives from understanding that basic technology literacy is essential and fundamental to any career path your child chooses. She aims to encourage those who want to further study STEM subjects and help develop foundational critical thinking applicable in everyday life. Being a part of PIEX education, Natalie is keen to educate and support others on their journey to discover their future passions and aspirations.

Jee Teng Ong

Coach

Jee Teng Ong

J.T. believes that computer science/security can be taught through the medium of playing video games. J.T. pushes for his students to be analytical within situations and understand the meaning and functions within programs written.