A Message From Our New Managing Director
Seeing the advertisement for a managing director posted by PEPY several months ago, I could not wait to apply for the position. I might not have known PEPY quite too well by the time I was reading the ad, but learning more about its work only made me realize I could not miss such a great opportunity to give back to my community.
Born and raised in Kampong Cham, Cambodia in a family who believes strongly in the benefits of education, my dream has always been to help improve the quality of education in my country, and the place that needs it most is the rural Cambodia. To achieve my dream, I have been pursuing both my education and my career in the field of education ever since I started college. Majoring in Educational Administration, with a strong passion in serving those who are less fortunate, one of my most memorable work experiences was working with a non-profit organization helping refugee and disadvantaged population in Albany, New York. Starting as a volunteer to help teach English, math, and life skills to new arrival refugee children in Albany and later becoming an executive director for the organization, I have learned so much from the job during the few years I was studying and working in America, and my desire has grown stronger to help serve such a population.
I can’t wait to join the great work PEPY is doing and to bring into PEPY’s team the knowledge and the experiences I have. I couldn’t be happier to have such an opportunity.
PS – We couldn’t be happier to have Layheng with us! Stay tuned for more updates from Layheng as she works with our team to continue and improve PEPY’s educational offerings.
Layheng Ting is from Kampong Cham province, a few hours outside of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. She grew up in a family that highly valued education and, after high school, she went to the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and the National University of Management. Upon graduation, she was hired by the RUPP as a teacher and quickly moved up to be the youngest department head at the university. Through the university, she learned about the Fulbright program and she was selected through their rigorous application process to travel to the US for a Masters in Education. While studying at the University at Albany, State University of New York, she was chosen to continue on for a PhD program and she just recently successfully defended her dissertation.