High School Fine Arts

Chalynne Cowan

Art Foundation – Grade 9

Bachelors of Art Education, the University of Victoria
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Thompson Rivers University

Chalynne Cowan has been teaching Art for the past four years and she has taught students from K-Grade 12. Most recently she had been teaching Art, English and Planning in Lanzhou at the Lanzhou Oriental Canada Secondary School, and before that she taught Art at BC Collegiate School in Seoul, South Korea. During her career she has facilitated many different art clubs, reading clubs, and community service activities.

Alanna Mounsey

Art Foundation – Grade 9

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Thomson Rivers University
B.Ed., Thompson Rivers University

Before coming to China Alanna Mounsey taught in Egypt at the British Columbia Canadian International School (BCCIS). She taught social studies, and the grade 8 to 12 art program. Before going abroad, Alanna taught in Kamloops, B.C. Canada, mentoring young readers through a one to one reading improvement program at Stewart Wood Elementary, and teaching art workshops on the weekend at Brocklehurst Middle School. Alanna prefers to create artworks with paint and graphite; she also has an extended portfolio in photography. Previously she has had artworks displayed at Thompson Rivers University and at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

Emily Gaustad

Visual Arts - Grade 9&10, Art History

M.A., B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.A., Luther College

Emily Gaustad began her teaching career in Shanghai, China as an "all-school" art teacher, teaching students in grades 1-10. She is passionate about incorporating art history, art criticism, and contemporary artists within her art curriculum and she is eager to be teaching Art History at NCPA. Emily enjoys creating artworks in various media, but particularly printmaking, photography, and bookmaking. Prior to teaching in China, Emily worked for several years at the Milwaukee Art Museum in their Youth & Family Education Center. When she is not teaching, Emily enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and traveling to new places.

Fernanda Oliva

Visual Arts - Middle School

M.A., University of Durham
B.A., Universidad de Chile

Fernanda Oliva is in her fifth year of teaching, after taking a year for getting her Master's Degree in the UK. Fernanda started her teaching career in a public school from Chile and since then she has developed as a teacher in several different contexts. She has worked with students from third to twelfth grade in different Chilean schools teaching visual arts and technology. During her Master's she focused on Education and Gender Studies. Fernanda was born in Santiago de Chile, where she studied and worked until moving to the UK and later to China.

Jon Poblador

Art Foundation – Grade 9

Master of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Northern Illinois University

Jon Poblador has been teaching art for over seven years and has taught students from kindergarten to university level. Before going into teaching, he worked for the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and The U.S. Fund for UNICEF. He is also a professional artist. Before coming to NCPA he was on the faculty of Trevor Browne High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Moon-Suhn Kim

Middle & High School Art

B.A., the University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Moon-Suhn Kim has been teaching students from K- grade 12. Before coming to NCPA, she taught at M. Marcus Kiley Middle School in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she worked with students with learning difficulties. She has also been an English teacher in South Korea and a bilingual interpreter at elementary school in Amherst, Massachusetts. During her teaching career, she has facilitated many after school clubs, such as mural, arts & crafts, Korean, and model United Nations. She also holds an EAL Certificate of ISS World Language Initiative.