Dianne Ritz-Salminen


M.S., Kent State University
Master of Music, Temple University
Bachelor of Music Education, Ohio University

Dianne Ritz-Salminen has over 35 years of teaching experience (31 year overseas in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Amman Jordan, Belgium, Indonesia and U.A.E). She has published articles in the "School Library Media Activities Monthly" on library and curriculum integration at ECIS Library Conferences in Turkey, Brussels, and Prague presenting on book talks, book reviews using both technology and drama. Mrs. Salminen has been the Tri M Music Honor Society Adviser for High School Students at three schools, and was elected into Tau Beta Sigma Honor Society for Band, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society for Music Education and Beta Phi Mu, Library Science Honor Society. She is an oboist and English hornist, she holds an ESL certification.

Maria Domingues

Assessment Coordinator

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.

Matt Kelsey

Director of Educational Technology

M.S., B.A., Northwestern University

Matt Kelsey grew up in the UK, Pakistan, Russia, and Thailand. Originally, Matt Kelsey taught English and History and coached swimming, but moved into educational technology in 2013 as the IT Coordinator at the American International School of Bamako, Mali. In 2013, he received his Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL) from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Matt Kelsey’s partner, Chelsea Wilson, teaches AP English Language.


Rebecca Battistoni

Head Librarian

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

Rebecca Battistoni began teaching in 1996. Her teaching career started in Virginia and then Georgia, where she taught Middle School English, Social Studies, Economics, Civics/Government, and Holocaust Education to identified Talented and Gifted students. Rebecca then went to Bolivia, where she taught Middle School English and Social Studies for four years. She earned Library Media Specialist credentials while there. Her first librarianship was at Santa Cruz Cooperative School, in Bolivia and most recently, at The Anglo-American School of Sofia, in Bulgaria. As a PreK-12 librarian, Rebecca has worked with students of all age levels and all reading abilities. When not in the library, Rebecca can be found working with students on service projects or through coaching.

Thomas Mathews

Athletic Director

Master of Business Administration, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
B.S., Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Thomas Mathews played NCAA basketball at Dallas Baptist University and received both his Bachelor's and Master's degree from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Thomas' undergrad studies were in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management. His Master's degree is in Business Administration. Before coming to NCPA in 2014, Thomas worked for Daktronics, Inc. in the Sports Marketing division and also was employed by the Texas Legends (an NBA-DL basketball team).