Meet the Killester Team – Dr Lim

This week we’d like to introduce you to Dr Lim our devoted Science Learning Leader. Dr Lim has an interesting background and many hidden talents, take a look!

We all have a favourite book that we come back to time and time again, what’s yours and what do you love about it?

One of my favourite books is a Chinese autobiographical trilogy entitled “The Torrents: Family. Spring. Autumn” that recounts the decline of a large feudal family following the May Fourth Movement of 1919. I also like Dan Brown’s thriller novels which are packed with mysteries and controversial theories about the Catholic Church.

What was your favourite subject at school and why?

Mathematics. This has been one of my strongest subjects since I was young. I like the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when I successfully solved a particularly hard problem!

When you were growing up what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a medical doctor to save lives!

What was your first paying job?

A research assistant in a biochemistry lab.

What career path did you follow to get to where you are today?

After finishing my BSc (Hon) degree in Malaysia, I migrated to Australia with my parents. While working as a Research Assistant, I was offered a scholarship to do my PhD. I did a short period of Post Doc in Melbourne after my PhD. When my son was born, my husband and I wanted to introduce him to our culture and let him experience Malaysian life that we have been brought up in. So, we returned to Malaysia for nearly four years. During those years, I had my first “teaching” experience working as a full-time lecturer at the University of Malaya, lecturing Biochemistry to mainly first-year medical students. When my son was ready to start school, we returned to Melbourne. A year before we came back to Melbourne, my daughter was born. She required a lot of care and medical attention. That was when I decided to have a career change so I could spend time with my kids. Teaching became an obvious choice. I could teach other kids as well as my own, and most importantly I could spend school holidays with my children without worrying about childcare! I love it and it has been my career ever since!

What was your worst job and what did you learn from it?

Gardening!  I actually enjoyed it but unfortunately, my fingers are not ‘green’, many plants I planted did not survive!

What’s the best concert you’ve been to?

A concert by MSO in Hammer Hall featuring Lang Lang playing Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto No.1 in B-flat minor. I love that piece and Lang Lang is an amazing pianist!

What would your ‘spirit-animal’ be and why?

I did a ‘spirit-animal’ quiz. It says I am a cat because it symbolises curiosity, creation, and independence. Apparently, I am always dreaming up a new side project or planning my next adventure! The funny thing is that I’m not a big fan of cats in real life.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I enjoy cooking some ‘special, non-everyday’ food for my family when I am not busy with school work. My family thinks that I am pretty good at it! 

Which historic figure would you like to meet and why?

Donald Trump! He is outspoken, eccentric, has a very different perspective of the world! Amazing he has more than 70millions American voted for him.

What are the three items you would take with you on a desert island?

A metal pot for collecting/cooking food/water, a thick coat to keep warm and a good knife for cutting stuff. And my lovely husband as a companion!

Have you met anyone famous?

My son plays a lot of golf. I have been to many golf tournaments and I have seen Tiger Woods up close in a couple of those tournaments.

How long have you worked at Killester?

I started teaching at Killester since 2001. Coming to 20 years!

What is the favourite part of your job?

Apart from imparting my knowledge and share my experience with students, I also enjoy listening to their stories and learning “new-generation” stuff from them.

What motivates you at work?

Knowing that I play a role in helping my students to develop and grow to reach their potential and that I could make a difference to a young person.

What is your favourite thing about Killester?

Our students – their humble backgrounds, their cultures and their respectful nature.

If you had advice/words of wisdom for our girls what would it be?

Life is like a chemical equilibrium, you must consider both sides of the equation and choose the best direction to react that is best for you in that particular situation.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the Killester community?

Other than English, I also speak Mandarin, Malay and a few Chinese dialects (Hokkien, Cantonese and Teow Chew). 

I want to go trekking in Patagonia when the world is safe again!