Johann Loh (JL)

Director of PSLE and Gifted Studies

An educator, writer and builder, I have spent my life thinking about how to improve the brain’s fundamental programming language: English. We spend a great deal of time building immense computing systems and architecting their programming language — let’s not forget about our own minds. Another great passion of mine is Literature. Storytelling shapes the world around us and our perception; from the world’s greatest brands to the soft-power of great civilisations, literature in its myriad forms is what enables remarkable stories to take root. My journey began with hard-won academic credentials, which include multiple prizes in Literature at Raffles Institution, being the nationwide top student, and a full scholarship from Princeton University that included a year spent across the pond at Oxford. I’d subsequently been accepted to do my PhD at Cambridge but dropped out to take up a job offer to work for a CEO of an education group, and have never regretted the decision. Since then, I’ve worked in private education, playing a pioneering role in curriculum development at various centres in my early career, and shifting to privately tutoring students of UNHW clients. In 2013, I conceptualised Academia as an intentionally designed centre for education that combines all of these insights and delivers an unparalleled curriculum. I’ve also had a parallel career as a language consultant and copywriter for high-profile clients including Singapore Management University, Louis Vuitton, Citibank and BNP Paribas, among others, and take enormous pride in bringing those experiences to our students through pedagogy and writing.


Teaching Style

Detailed & Deconstructed


Highly Structured & Scaffolded

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