Cecilia Shang Benting (USA) - Deputy Principal

Cecilia Shang Benting was born into a family of educators, growing up on a college campus in China. She followed her parents when she entered the field of education in 1990. From there, her career spanned the Pacific Ocean from Beijing to New York, including teaching positions with Tsinghua University, the International School of Beijing, Beaverton School District (a public school system in Oregon), EF International Academy (an international boarding school in New York), and Oregon Episcopal School (a prestigious private school in Portland, Oregon). All three of her children graduated from excellent liberal arts colleges in the United States. She studied and earned degrees from universities in both China and the US. She also holds New York State Attorney License. Cecilia embodies a truly multicultural background that allows her to help NCPA’s students successfully navigate Chinese and American cultures and philosophies.


Bachelor of Law (International Law), Fudan University
Master of Law (International Business Law), Temple University

Peggy Smith (USA) – Deputy Director/Curriculum Coordinator

Dr. Peggy Smith has been a career educator with fifteen years of teaching high school English and nineteen years of administrative experience. Dr. Smith has served as a Director of Curriculum, Principal (both middle school and high school), assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools in Wisconsin public schools.

Dr. Smith has previously worked as a high school principal in San Paolo, Brazil and the Director of Curriculum at the Anglo-American School in Moscow, Russia. Her favorite job is curriculum.
Dr. Smith’s husband, David Awtrey, teaches Science at NCPA.


Bachelor of Science, (Secondary English education), University of Wisconsin
Master of Science, (Educational Leadership), University of Wisconsin
Doctor of Philosophy, (Educational Leadership and Policy), University of Wisconsin

ginger shiGinger Shi (China) – Dean of Students

Ginger Shi has been teaching in NCPA since 2015. During Ginger Shi’s graduate studies, she was dispatched by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) to the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu in the Philippines to teach Chinese. She implemented a situational teaching approach in Chinese class and the students improved greatly in their comprehension/listening and speaking. She had been teaching G12 Chinese literature and compositon in the past 2 years in NCPA and done a great job. She has transfered to the position of Dean of Students in 2017.

Bachelor of Arts (Japanese), Shandong University
Master of Arts (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages), Sun Yat-sen University

Hanson Yeung (Canada) - Middle School Principal

Hanson Yeung has found in the classroom a platform on which to fuse his love of working with young people with his love of music. He is one of the founding faculty at NCPA.  Before becoming the middle school principal, he taught in Vancouver, Shanghai, Nairobi, and London, and performed in a number of world renowned choirs.

Bachelor of Music, McGill University
Bachelor of Education, the University of British Columbia
Masters in Education (Leadership), Lehigh University