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High School EAL

Lionel Meng

Math/Technical Language Specialization

M.A., the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute
B.A., Northwestern University

Lionel Meng was an assistant language teacher at the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program in Yawatahama City, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan. In this capacity he collaborated with colleagues to design, implement and lead a yearlong English immersion syllabus for elementary school students. Lionel Meng's overseas experience began as a primary school student in Singapore.

Mats Haaland

Social Studies/Art Language Specialization

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

Mats Haaland taught English and History at the Liceo Scientifico Ettore Majorana in Rho, Italy. He has also acted as a teaching assistant in the Italian Department at his alma mater, Susquehanna University. He has also been a tennis instructor at a camp in Maine.

Ann Beebe

Science Language Specialization

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

Ann Beebe has just begun her fifth year of teaching. She started her teaching career at the British School of Language in Guayaquil, Ecuador where she taught EFL to students of varying ages and proficiency levels. Her courses ranged from Beginner English to Advanced Exam Preparation. After spending a year in Ecuador, Ann returned to the United States where she piloted a program for ESL specific sections of Freshman Composition at the University of Idaho. Ann spent two years at the University of Idaho before moving to Qingdao, China where she taught middle school ESL at a Canadian international school before coming to NCPA. Ann is originally from Boise, Idaho. She loves teaching language, reading, travelling, and spoiling her Boston Terrier, Stanford.
Ann Beebe’s spouse, David Stanciu, teaches in NCPA’s social studies department.

Beth Whitfield

Arts/Music Language Specialization

M.A., B.Ed., University of Idaho

Before coming to NCPA, Beth Whitfield taught in the Intensive English Program at the University of Idaho. There, she implemented rigorous coursework to prepare international students for the linguistic demands of both undergraduate and graduate study. She also has experience in EAL and English content-area classrooms ranging from grades 1-12. Her fascination for both language and culture drive her to continue growing professionally in the field. She has published on teaching methodologies and continues to attend conferences to stay current on Second Language Acquisition theory.

Hesper Wang

Social Studies/Art Language Specialization

M.Ed., the University of Hong Kong
B.A., Hong Kong Baptist University

Hesper Wang had been working in Hong Kong and the States prior coming to NCPA. She has developed and implemented the Chinese Academic Program for American language learners of various background at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. She has also assisted in an university-led research project which aims to facilitate English-learning experiences in middle school classrooms for ethnic minority ELLs in Hong Kong. Since 2014, Hesper Wang has been working as a high school Chinese teacher at NCPA.

Celina Mathews

Science Language Specialization

Master of Studies, Sam Houston State University
B.S., Corpus Christi

Celina Mathews is the EAL teacher for science courses grades 9-12 at NCPA. She has a combined experience of 5 years teaching English language learners both in the U.S. and China. Previously, she taught Forensic Science, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Integrated Science.

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Jacob Wines

English Language Arts/Music Language Specialization

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

Jacob Wines first began teaching in 2014 when he traveled to Peru to teach English as a second language. After another teaching assignment in Colombia, he began attending the University of Maryland Baltimore County to earn his Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. While completing his graduate courses, Jake taught English to international students in UMBC's English Language Institute. After graduating in 2017, Jake became certified to teach in the United States public schools, where he accepted a position as an elementary school ESL teacher in his home state of Maryland. Jacob is extremely excited to join the EAL team at NCPA and to continue his professional career in China.

Jane Thomas

Math/Technical Language Specialization

M.A., Sheffield Hallam University
B.A., Oxford Brookes University

Jane Thomas is an EAL specialist. Jane started her educational career in language schools in Europe –working in both Portugal and Greece where she spent three years. She then spent ten years as one of a team of ESL coordinators managing and teaching academic English in a large college in Bristol in the UK. Prior to joining NCPA, Jane taught ESL and Vocational English in another large college, taught short university courses in Academic and Maritime English at MARJOM university and most recently spent five years as a mainstream middle and high school English teacher in a bilingual school in Brunei. Last year, Jane completed her MA TESOL during which she researched strategies for teaching inference in ESL reading classes and set up an extensive reading project linked to making improvements in ESL writing. Jane enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and travel.

Katherine Foster

Arts/Music Languages Specialization

B.S., University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point

Katherine Foster has been teaching English and English as an Additional Language for the past four years. She began her overseas teaching career at Ivy Collegiate Academy in Taichung, Taiwan where she taught 8th through 10th grade English Language Arts and Literature classes. She also spent a year co-teaching with the Chemistry and History teacher providing EAL assistance. She is a licensed English teacher as well as a licensed English as a Second Language teacher. She is the EAL Specialist for English grades 7-9, Music grades 7-8, and Band grade 9.

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Monica Kerr

English Language Arts/Social Studies Language Specialization

M.Ed., B.A., Mount Saint Vincent University
B.S., University of Maine - Fort Kent

Monica began her teaching career at Victoria Educational Organisation in Hong Kong where she taught ESL kindergarten classes. After her experience in Hong Kong, she decided to obtain her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and a teaching qualification. Monica then taught at Wagmatcookewey School, a First Nations school in Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2011, she moved to Jilin City, China to work at Jilin No. 1 High School in its Sino-Canadian Program. During her seven years there, she taught 10th -12th grade English, Drama, Canadian History, Global Geography, and Language Support. She formed a yoga club at her previous school to help students de-stress. Monica is a Nova Scotia native.

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William Arnold

Math/Technical Language Specialization

M.Ed., University of New England
B.A., University of Newcastle

William Arnold has been teaching since 2008. William worked as a German teacher in Australia and spent three years teaching English in Germany and Hungary, before moving to Dalian, China. Since 2014, William has taught EAL at the Australian International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.