Maple Bear schools offer full Canadian programs utilizing Canadian methodology and curriculum developed by our own experts from the ground up for preschool, elementary, and high school. We take our responsibility to our students and their parents very seriously. Strict quality controls ensure we deliver the very best Canadian practices in education. There are currently more than 41,000 students in 447 Maple Bear Early Childhood, Elementary, and High Schools operating or opening in South Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, UAE, Turkey, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Romania, Nepal and the USA. We will be opening in 2020 in Bulgaria and Kenya. The head office of Maple Bear Global Schools Ltd is located in North Vancouver, Canada.
Offering a rigorous program utilising Canadian methodology and curriculum, Maple Bear has been developed ground up by Canadian teaching experts and refined for the children of Singapore by local childcare education expert Mrs. Patricia Koh, who was the Head of the Early Childhood Department at the then Institute of Education (now known as National Institute of Education) from 1978 to 1987. Awarded the “Best in Early Years Education Programme” consecutively in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020, Maple Bear Singapore understands the importance and benefits of raising a bilingual child. Using our signature bilingual immersion methodology, our programme incorporates a progressive language structure which encourages children to speak, read and write in both English and Chinese. The Maple Bear early childhood program is carefully designed: daily routines, activity centres, and the way children acquire knowledge. The program allows children to create, explore, discover, and it offers many opportunities to develop their social, emotional, motor, language, and cultural skills.
Maple Bear Singapore Executive Team
Chief Executive & Education Ambassador
Prior to the founding of Maple Bear Singapore in 2013, Mrs Patricia Koh was the Managing Director with Knowledge Universe, a company based in the USA looking after a very successful preschool brand she created in 1988. During that period, Patricia also headed the Early Childhood Department at the National Institute of Education (then known as the Teachers’ Training College). Besides being recognized as a well-loved lecturer, she was also appointed as President of the Pre-School Teachers’ Association from 1977 to 1993.
Patricia is well recognized for her passion in raising the standards in the way children learn. Being a leading educator with more than 40 years of experience, Patricia is also highly sought after for her expertise as a speaker at events and advisor at early learning centres in the US, UK, Australia and the region. Not only is she an amazing teacher and lecturer, she is also a self-made publisher and has published over 50 children’s stories and music books over the last 30 years. Her mission now is to continue making more stories come alive in all Maple Bear schools in Singapore and Asia.
At Maple Bear Singapore, Mrs Koh is fully involved in overseeing curriculum development, teacher selection & training, learning environment design, as well as parenting guidance. Her involvement ensures that the Maple Bear program is specifically designed for our children here in Singapore. With her guidance, we are sure that every child who comes to Maple Bear will have a wonderful learning experience and a solid foundation laid for their future years.
Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer at Maple Bear Singapore, Mr Adrian Fong oversees the company's financial matters, as well as regional business development.
A Chartered Accountant (CA Singapore), Mr Fong graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore and thereafter obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland, Australia.
After spending 15 years in various Finance and Regional Treasury roles at several large multi-national companies, including DuPont and Caltex, Mr Fong ventured out as an entrepreneur in the preschool industry. His deep and rich experience in the education business began in 2002, when he started a preschool in association with a very successful preschool brand founded by Mrs Patricia Koh, the current Chief Executive and Education Ambassador of Maple Bear Singapore.
A keen supporter of Mrs Patricia Koh’s vision for quality preschools in Singapore and the region, he partnered her to bring the Maple Bear brand to Singapore in 2013.
Maple Bear Global Faculty
The University of Winnipeg Faculty of Education and Maple Bear Global Schools have been in academic cooperation since 2014. Our academic affiliation with the University of Winnipeg provides us with direct access to top education experts in the country, and elevates the quality of our teacher training initiatives and our classroom curriculum.
At Maple Bear, we believe that quality Canadian education can bring positive change in the world by educating future leaders to be critical thinkers and imbuing them with a strong sense of social justice and global citizenship.
As part of this commitment, Maple Bear Singapore believes in giving back to the community by fundraising for local initiatives impacting education, children and families. To date, Maple Bear Singapore is a proud supporter and benefactor of KidsSTOP and Make A Wish Foundation.
In addition to charity work, the Maple Bear curriculum incorporates themes of social responsibility and community service so that students at Maple Bear schools are exposed to the concept and undertake age appropriate activities. The goal is to turn a whole generation of students on to the joy of giving back.
In early October 2019, MapleBear Singapore families raised over $102,000 funds for Singapore Cancer Society through the Little Fox Run charity drive. A celebration involving all MapleBear preschools in Singapore saw more than 2000 children and their families gather at Yishun Stadium on 4 October 2019 for games and fun activities for the day.
Through the relays and narrative of the day, the families learned about the marvelous Terry Fox, a Canadian para-athlete who ran more than 400 kilometres across the country as he battled his own cancer in 1980s to raise much needed awareness and donation for children’s cancer research. It was the legacy of Terry Fox that saw millions of funds raised for children’s cancer research and advancement in finding cures for cancer made through the years globally in the memories of his dedication. The High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore, Mdm. Lynn McDonald, graced the event as the Guest of Honour and officially opened Little Fox Run 2019.
We were delighted to see the overwhelming support from parents and all partners, as well as the notes of appreciation from the families toward MapleBear’s initiatives to inspire the children to do their part in helping those in need. “Thank you very much for your great efforts in organising the event to fundraise for cancer research in the name of Terry Fox once again, in conjunction with your Children’s Day Celebrations at the MapleBear pre-schools.” said a representative of Singapore Cancer Society.