Faculty

Administration

Aracelis Maldonado

Head of School

Venezuela

Last Position
HS Principal, NCPA

Degree
M.Ed., Framingham State University
B.S., Universidad Central de Venezuela

Dr. Matthew Kelsey

Upper Secondary Principal

United States

Last Position
Director of Educational Technology, NCPA

Degree
Ed.D., Lehigh University
M.S.Ed., Northwestern University
B.A., Northwestern University

Sarah McRoberts

Lower Secondary Principal

United States

Last Position
English Teacher/Dean of Students, Asia Pacific International School, Seoul

Degree
M.Ed., Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
B.Ed., University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI

Chelsea Wilson

Director of Teaching and Learning

Canada

Last Position
Head of English Department, NCPA

Degree
M.S., University of Northern Colorado
B.A., Colorado College

Ivy Zhou

Vice Principal for External Communications

China

Last Position
Head of Chinese Department, NCPA

Degree
M.A., University of Hubei
B.A., University of Hubei

Mats Haaland

Director of EAL

United States

Last Position
EAL Coordinator, NCPA

Degree
M.A., The School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute
B.A., Susquehanna University

Lisa Hughes

Director of Educational Technology

United States

Last Position
IT Director, St. Paul American School, Hanoi, Vietnam

Degree
M.A., Framingham State University, Framingham, MA
B.A., Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Ginger Shi

Dean of Students

China

Last Position
Chinese Teacher, NCPA

Degree
M.A., Sun Yat-sen University
B.A., Shandong University

Specialists

Dr. Emily Sherwood

Reading Specialist

United States

Last Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Degree
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Ed.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
M.A., Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN
B.A., Maryville College, Maryville, TN

Dr. Maria Domingues

Assessment Coordinator

Portugal

Last Position
Science Teacher, NCPA

Degree
Ph.D., University of Coimbra and Central Michigan University
M.S., University of Coimbra and Central Michigan University
B.A., University of Coimbra

Rebecca Battistoni

Head Librarian

United States

Last Position
Librarian, Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria

Degree
M.Ed., Framingham State University
B.A., Virginia Tech University

Romeo Pabayo

Director of Activities and Athletics

Canada

Last Position
HPE Teacher, Maple Leaf International School, China

Degree
Graduate Diploma, Edith Cowan University
B.R.L.S., Brock University

Richard Li

Coordinator of Students Athletics and Activities & Exercise Science

China

Last Position
HPE Teacher Assistant, NCPA

Degree
B.Ed., Zhaoqing University

Counseling

Anthony Mastreani

School Counselor 10-12

United States

Last Position
Admissions Director and Counselor, Daegu International School, Korea

Degree
M.A., Adams State University
B.S., The State University of New York at Brockport

Corrine Spaeth

School Counselor 10-12

United States

Last Position
School Counseling Intern, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI

Degree
M.S., University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI
B.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Kathleen Brophy

School Counselor 7-9

United States

Last Position
School Counselor, Fluvanna County High School, Virginia

Degree
M.Ed., University of Virginia
B.A., University of Alabama

Liz Shuler

School Counselor 7-9

United States

Last Position
Secondary Social and Emotional Counselor, The International Academy Amman, Jordan

Degree
M.S., University of Wyoming
B.A., University of Wyoming

Nydia Hernandez

School Counselor 10-12

United States

Last Position
School counselor, Henrico High School, Richmond

Degree
M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University
B.S., Kennesaw State University

EAL

Ann Beebe

EAL Specialist in STEM 7 & 8

United States

Last Position
English Language Teacher, Qingdao Concord College of Sino-Canada, Jiaozhou, China

Degree
M.A., University of Idaho
B.A., Boise State University

Ashley Hohnholt

EAL Specialist in Social Studies 7 & 8

United States

Last Position
Elementary Teacher, Clive Learning Academy, Windsor Heights, IA

Degree
M.A., Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI
B.A., Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

David Torrance

EAL Specialist in Integrated Math II

United Kingdom

Last Position
PYP English Teacher, Canadian Foreign Language School, Guangzhou

Degree
LLB (Hons), University of Kent

Jacob Wines

EAL Specialist in English 7 & 8

United States

Last Position
ESOL Teacher, Tyler Heights/Linthicum/Pasadena Elementary

Degree
M.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County
B.A., St. Mary's College of Maryland

Lidiya Reese

EAL Specialist in Pre-AP English 2

United States

Last Position
Teacher of English and English as a Second Language, Cibola High School, Arizona 

Degree
B.S., Eastern Michigan University

Lynn Liu

EAL Specialist in Pre-AP English 1

China

Last Position
English Instructional Assistant, NCPA

Degree
B.A., Beijing Inst. of Tech., Zhuhai

Steven Groene

EAL Instructional Coach

United States

Last Position
ESL Teacher, St. Paul American School, Hanoi

Degree
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
B.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Susan Zeng

EAL Specialist in Social Studies 9

China

Last Position
Social Studies & Math Teacher Assistant, NCPA

Degree
B.A., Xiangtan University

Tim Birkett

EAL Specialist in Integrated Science

Australia

Last Position
EAL Teacher, DYB English Academy, Seoul, South Korea

Degree
B.A., University of New England

English

Aubrey Scholz

English 7 & 8

Canada

Last Position
Grade 6 Social Studies Teacher, Escuela Internacional Sampedrana, Honduras

Degree
B.A., Trinity Western University, Langley, BC

Candace Williams

AP Seminar & English Literature

United States

Last Position
ESL Teacher, Yinhu Experimental Middle School, Hangzhou, China

Degree
M.A., North Central College, Naperville, IL
B.S., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Collin Peterson-Van Kanegan

Pre-AP English 2 & Mythology & Film

United States

Last Position
Language Arts Teacher, West Linn High School, Oregon

Degree
M.A., Lewis and Clark College
B.S., The Evergreen State College

Grace Ridnour-Nollsch

Pre-AP English 1

United States

Last Position
English Teacher, Bilkent Laboratory and International School, Ankara, Turkey

Degree
B.A., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Matt Halter

AP Language and Composition

United States

Last Position
Special Education/English Teacher, Fond du Lac School District, Fond du Lac

Degree
M.A., Wisconsin Lutheran College
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Mobin Hedayati

Pre-AP English 1 & Publications

United States

Last Position
Student Teacher, Hartford Public High School

Degree
B.A., St. Olaf College

Sara Grozanick

English Literature & Pre-AP English 2

United States

Last Position
English Teacher, Glendale Jr./Sr. High School, Glendale, CA

Degree
M.S., Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Mathematics

Chris Cheronis

Pre-Calculus AB & BC

United States

Last Position
Math Teacher, Jeddah Private International School, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Degree
M.Ed., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
B.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Doris He

AP Computer Science

China

Last Position
Bilingual Computer Science teacher, Nanshan International School, Shenzhen

Degree
M.S., University of Oulu, Finland
B.S., Jiangxi University of Finance and Economic

Leah Wikler

Integrated Math II & III

United States

Last Position
Math Teacher, Clark County School District, Nevada

Degree
M.A., Sierra Nevada College
B.S., University of Nevada, Reno

Leo Kwong

AP Statistics & Pre-Calculus BC

Canada

Last Position
Head of Math Department, Wagor International School of Excellence, Taichung

Degree
M.Math., University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
B.Math., University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

Renly Yan

Math 7 & 8

China

Last Position
Math teacher, Matrix Education, Australia

Degree
M.A., The University of Sydney
B.S., Guangdong University of Technology

Roy Li

Integrated Math II & AP Calculus BC

China (Hong Kong)

Last Position
Instructional Assistant, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Degree
M.Phil., Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
B.S., Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Wilson Ashton

AP Calculus AB & Integrated Math III

United States

Last Position
Math Teacher 8-12/Volleyball & Soccer Coach, Granbury High School, Texas

Degree
M.Ed., University of Texas at Arlington
M.A., Brigham Young University
B.A., University of Utah

Science

Adam Kleppe Nollsch

Integrated Science

United States

Last Position
Science Teacher, Bilkent Laboratory and International School, Ankara

Degree
B.A., University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Elizabeth Cooper

STEM 7 & 8

United States

Last Position
7th/8th Grade Science Teacher, Le Pera Elementary School, Arizona

Degree
M.A.Ed., NASA and Adam's State University (The Endeavor Program)
B.A., University of Minnesota - Morris

James Kelley

Chemistry & Biology

United States

Last Position
AP Biology & AP Enviroment Science Teacher, Big Briage Academy, China

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

Jamie Hart

Biology & AP Physics

United States

Last Position
Science Teacher, Bilkent Laboratory and International School, Ankara

Degree
M.Ed., Endicott College
B.A., University of Memphis

Jordan Wambeke

Design Thinking & Inno-Hub Facilitator

United States

Last Position
Inno-Hub Facilitator, NCPA

Degree
B.S., University of Wyoming

Liza Fagan

Chemistry & AP Chemistry

United States

Last Position
AP Chemistry & Chemistry Teacher, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, Washington, D.C.

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

Nina Gross

Biology & AP Environmental Science

United States

Last Position
Science Teacher, Discovery Middle School, Washington

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

Rebecca Pettit

Integrated Science & AP Biology

United States

Last Position
Middle/High School Science and STEAM Teacher, Country Day School, Alajuela

Degree
M.S., The State University of New York
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University

Social Studies

David Stanciu

AP Psychology

United States

Last Position
G10-12 Social Studies Teacher and EFL Instructor, Qingdao Concord College of Sino Canada, China

Degree
M.A., University of Idaho
B.A., Boise State University

Gregory Elsen

Social Studies 9 & AP Human Geography

United States

Last Position
Social Studies Teacher, Minnesota Virtual High School

Degree
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joshua Hohnholt

Social Studies 10 & AP Macro-Economics

United States

Last Position
Social Studies Teacher, West Des Moines Schools, Iowa

Degree
M.A., Biola University, La Mirada, CA
B.S., Wayne State College, NE

Mayra Palacios

Social Studies 9, 10 & AP Research

United States

Last Position
9th Grade Global History & 10th Grade Intervention Teacher, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn, New York

Degree
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Nathan Laseter

Social Studies 9 & Psychology

United States

Last Position
ELA & Social Studies Teacher, Chengdu Concordia International School, Chengdu, China

Degree
M.Ed., Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
B.A., Baylor University, Waco, TX

Nathaniel Cooper

AP Economics

United States

Last Position
Social Studies Teacher (Government/Economics 9-12), Parker High School, Arizona

Degree
M.S., University of Wyoming
B.Ed., University of Wyoming

Spencer Sheffield

Social Studies 7 & 8

Canada

Last Position
Social Studies and English Teacher, Escuela Internacional La Lima, San Pedro Sula

Degree
B.Ed., Queen's University, Kingston, ON
B.A., Trent University, Peterborough, ON

Chinese

Charcy Liu

Chinese 10

China

Last Position
Student Teacher, Hong Kong Victoria Shanghai Academy

Degree
M.Ed., The University of Hong Kong
B.A., Shandong Normal University

Chelsie Li

Chinese 7 & 8

China

Last Position
Student Teacher, Renaissance College Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Degree
M.Ed., The University of Hong Kong
B.A., University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

May Hu

Chinese 11

China

Last Position
Teacher, College of Chinese Language and Literature, Jinan University, China

Degree
M.A., Jinan University
B.A., Sichuan International Studies University

Nina Jiang

Chinese 12

China

Last Position
Chinese Language and Literature Teacher, Chinese International School, Manila, Philippines

Degree
M.A., Sun Yat-sen University
B.A., Zhengzhou University

Rocky Wang

Chinese 11 & 12

China

Last Position
Chinese Language and Literature Teacher, Guangdong Maoming School, China

Degree
M.A., Guang’xi Normal University
B.A., Anhui Normal University

Tong Sun

Chinese 9 & 10

China

Last Position
Mandarin Teacher, Waitaki Girls' High School, Oamaru, New Zealand

Degree
M.Ed., Beijing Language and Culture University
B.A., Xi'an University of Finance and Economics

Vanna Cao

Chinese 9

China

Last Position
Government-Sponsored Teacher, Seoul Confucius Institute, Seoul

Degree
B.A., Beijing Language and Culture University
M.A., Beijing Normal University

Performing Arts

Katrina Elsen

Drama I & II

United States

Last Position
Marketing Assistant & Communications Project Manager, AEI Capital Corporation, Minnesota

Degree
B.A., Lawrence University

Kayne Edwards

Choir & Music 9

United States

Last Position
Music Teacher and Coordinator of After-School Activities, Seoul Scholars International, South Korea

Degree
B.M.E., Otterbein University

Naarah Callender

Music 7 & 8

United States

Last Position
Teaching Fellowship, Asia Pacific International School, South Korea

Degree
B.A., Kennesaw State University

Nancy Jane Francis

Choir & Music Tech & Band

United States

Last Position
Strings Teacher, Lakewood Montessori Middle School, North Carolina

Degree
B.Ed., North Carolina Central University
B.M., North Carolina Central University
B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo

Peter Pagett

Band & Music 9

Australia

Last Position
Music Teacher, Alcanta International College, Guangzhou

Degree
Grad.Dip.Ed, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland
B.Mus(Hons), Queensland Conservatorium

Richard Bright

Band

United States

Last Position
Music Teacher, Vision International School, Qatar

Degree
B.F.A., Wayne State University

Visual Art

Brooke Vogel

Visual Studies 9 & Drawing and Painting

United States

Last Position
Art Teacher, Beijing City International School, China

Degree
B.A., University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Chalynne Cowan

Graphic Design & Mixed Media 3D

Canada

Last Position
Art and English Teacher, Lanzhou Oriental Canada Secondary School, China

Degree
B.A.Ed., University of Victoria
B.F.A., Thompson Rivers University

Emily Gaustad

Visual Studies 9 & Mixed Media 2D

United States

Last Position
Art Teacher, Shanghai High School International Division, China

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

Fernanda Oliva

Art 7 & 8

Chile

Last Position
Art Teacher, Liceo Experimental, Chile

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

Michael Frels

AP Studio Art & Ceramics

United States

Last Position
Art Teacher, Mingdao High School, Taiwan

Degree
M.F.A., Southern Methodist University, University Park, TX
B.F.A., Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Health & Physical Education

John Brennan

HPE 7 & 8

United States

Last Position
Physical Education Teacher (PK-5)/After School Activities Coordinator, Shanghai Community International School, China

Degree
M.S., SUNY Buffalo State
B.S., West Virginia University

Julian Austin

HPE I & Leadership and Sports management

United States

Last Position
PE and Health Teacher, Ying Cai International High School, China

Degree
M.S., Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
B.A., Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Patrick Hughes

HPE I & Team Strategy and Sports

United States

Last Position
PE Teacher, St. Paul American School, Hanoi, Vietnam

Degree
M.A.T., University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
B.A., Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

Ross Cummins

HPE II

United States

Last Position
Substitute Teacher, NCPA

Degree
B.S., University of Oregon

Nansha College Preparatory Academy
180 Gang Qian Boulevard, Nansha
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China 511458
Office Tel: +86 20 3468 3339
Fax: +86 20 3468 3528
Admissions:
Tel: +86 20 8521 5488
E-mail: admissions@ncpachina.org

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180 Gang Qian Boulevard, Nansha
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China 511458
Office Tel: +86 20 3468 3339
Fax: +86 20 3468 3528
Admissions:
Tel: +86 20 8521 5836 / 8521 5488
E-mail: admissions@ncpachina.org

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