Name: Mdm Hajah Ratnawati binti Haji Mohammad
Age: 48 years old
Occupation: Teacher, Keriam Primary School
Madam Hajah Ratnawati binti Haji Mohammad is an outstanding teacher from Brunei Darussalam. Her career as a teacher began in 1989 at Keriam Primary School in a Special Education Needs Assistance (SENA) teacher capacity – a role to which she has dedicated the following decades her professional life with distinction. She has proactively introduced many creative and innovative ways to develop relevant skills to students with special needs, for example those with autism spectrum disorder, physical impairment, intellectual impairment, hearing impairment, developmental delay and learning disability. The task Mdm Hajah Ratnawati has had to face was immense but she has tirelessly excelled and become a role model to her colleagues, especially younger colleagues. Her confidence and passion in her work are so well demonstrated through her actions that everybody is not only convinced the students with disability would be able to do well academically but to feel a motherly relationship from her too. In recognition of her outstanding work and dedication, she was presented with the prestigious Excellent Teacher Award in 2010 by His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam.