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High School Science

Aaron Foster

Biology/AP Environmental Science

M.Ed., the University of Nebraska at Kearney
B.S., Culver-Stockton College

Aaron Foster has been teaching science for the past four years, all of which has been overseas. For the past three years he was in Taichung, Taiwan where he taught AP Environmental Science and Biology at Ivy Collegiate Academy. Aaron was also involved in extracurricular activities, coaching Track & Field as well as Triathlon.
His wife is the 9th grade EAL specialist and English teacher, Katie Foster.

David Awtrey

Chemistry/AP Chemistry

M.Ed., University of Wisconsin at La Crosse
B.S., the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

David Awtrey has been teaching science for 23 years. He has taught every subject including IB Chemistry, IB Biology, and AP Environmental Science. He has taught internationally in Moscow and Sao Paolo. David Awtrey is Certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Studies. David’s wife, Peggy Smith, is NCPA’s Curriculum Coordinator.

James Kelley

AP Biology

M.Ed., Milligan College
B.S., East Tennessee State University

James "Kendall" Kelley has been teaching since 2013. Kendall started his teaching career in Tennessee at Morristown-Hamblen High School East where he taught Biology and AP Psychology and was the boys and girls soccer coach. Prior to coming to NCPA, he taught AP Biology, Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Earth Science at Big Bridge Academy in Wuxi, China. Kendall is a Tennessee native who briefly lived in Atlanta before moving overseas.

Jason Graser

Integrated Science/AP Physics

M.Ed., B.S., West Virginia University

Jason Graser has been teaching science for the past five years in West Virginia prior to coming to NCPA. He has taught AP Biology, AP Physics, Earth Science and Physical Science at North Marion High School. He has been a coach for Football (American) and Baseball, as well as leader of the Spirit Section for high school sports.

Liza Fagan

AP Chemistry

M.A.T., American University
B.A., Scripps College

Liza Fagan began teaching chemistry in 2006. A native of Massachusetts, Liza graduated from Scripps College in California in 2007 with a B.A. in Chemistry and earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching from American University in 2009. She joined Teach for America after college and was placed in Washington, DC, where she has taught for the past eleven years. Liza taught Chemistry 1, Chemistry Honors, and Advanced Placement Chemistry. She was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2015.

Maria Domingues

Biology/AP Biology

Ph.D., M.S., B.S., the University of Coimbra/Central Michigan University

Maria Domingues has over 15 years of full-time experience as a teacher at higher education and secondary schools. In higher education she taught subjects related to ecology, environmental education, statistics and science. She started her career as an international science teacher in 2010 and since then she has been working with students from diverse, multicultural backgrounds. Before coming to NCPA, Maria was a teacher of science (Secondary 1), combined science (Secondary 2/IGCSE) and biology (A Level) at the International School of Palmela in Portugal. She was awarded with a Ford Motor Company Environmental and Conservation Grant, she took the first prize in the category of Natural Environment (Portugal) for the “Alytes Project – study and conservation of an endangered urban population of midwife toads”. Dr. Domingues holds a ECIS International Teacher Certificate from the European Council of International Schools and University of Cambridge International Examinations.

Nina Gross

Integrated Science

M.A., Lewis & Clark College
B.A., the University of Vermont

Nina Gross has been teaching science for the past three years in Vancouver, Washington. She has taught Earth Science, Biology, Integrated Science, and Environmental Science. Nina has been involved in extracurricular activities including MESA (math, engineering, science, and achievement) which involved women and minorities in the STEM fields, and also led chess club. This year, she is coaching middle school soccer.
Her husband, Collin Peterson-vanKanegan, is a teacher in the English department at NCPA.

Sandra Lanphear

Chemistry

M.S., Lesley University
B.S., Concordia University

Sandra Lanphear is looking forward to using her veteran teaching skills in the great country of China. Her 20 years of teaching has been split between High School and Middle School where she has taught Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science and Horticulture. Her “English as a Second Language” skills have been built over the last five years with classes and practice. She has tutored several subjects and use a variety of approaches to insure understating. At NCPA, she teaches Chemistry and supervises Golf.

Patricia Merewether

AP Physics

M.A., B.S., University of New Mexico

Trish Merewether has taught science and math since 2011. Trish started her career teaching Biology, Archaeology and Math at a small charter school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For the past three years, Trish has taught Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, and Newcomer Science, a class specific to refugees and new-to-USA students, at Denver South High School in Denver, Colorado. Trish has been a sponsor for math, science, and engineering clubs since she began in the profession.