TV teacher now homeschool mum
3. Evelyn Tan, 41, host and homeschool teacher to her four children
Evelyn Tan, who played the lead in Beauty World (left) with Darren Lim. He is now her husband and they live on a boat where she homeschools their four children.
Best known for: Her bubbly teacher roles on drama A Place To Call Home (1997) and sitcom Tuition Fever (1998). She took on the lead role of small-town girl Ivy Chan in the television version of Dick Lee’s musical Beauty World (1998).
Fresh-faced at 40, she looks every bit the nation’s sweetheart that she was in the 1990s.
Schoolchildren wrote her fan mail wanting to be her friend as they could relate to her friendly teacher roles on television.
The TV darling made the “career switch” to full-time mother on the first day of 2005 when she welcomed eldest daughter Kristen with her actorhusband Darren Lim, 42.
She was then a celebrity newscaster at now-defunct TV station MediaWorks, but was not offered a new contract after the media merger in 2004.
Now 10, Kristen has three younger brothers – Jairus, eight, Way, five, and Elliott, one.
Tan has gone from reel to real teacher, homeschooling her children.
She is in charge of academics, while her husband is in charge of outdoor activities.
The world is their classroom. Next year, the adventurous brood plan to set sail to the Japanese island of Okinawa.
They will make stops en route, such as in Taiwan, so as to immerse the children in a Mandarin-speaking environment.