High School EAL

Lionel Meng (USA) – Math/Technical Language Specialization

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.

Bachelor's of Arts (Economics), Northwestern University
Master of Arts (TESOL), the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute

Mats Haaland (USA) – Social Studies/Art Language Specialization

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.

Bachelor of Arts (History and Italian), Susquehanna University
Master of Arts (TESOL), the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute

109427 compressedAnn Beebe (USA) - Science Language Specialization

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.


Master of Arts (TESL), University of Idaho
Bachelor of Arts (Spanish), Boise State University

sy1617BethBeth Whitfield (USA) - Language Arts/Music Specialization

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.

Bachelor of Education (English Language Arts), University of Idaho
Master of Arts (Teaching English as a Second Language), University of Idaho

Celina Mathews (USA) - Science Language Specialization

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.

Bachelor’s of Science, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Master’s of Studies (International Literacy), Sam Houston State University

Hesper WangHesper Wang (China) - Social Studies/Art Language Specialization

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.

Bachelor of Arts (TESL), Hong Kong Baptist University
Master of Education degree, the University of Hong Kong

109429 compressedJane Thomas (Britain) - Math/Technical Language Specialization

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.



M.A. (TESOL), Sheffield Hallam University
B.A. (with Honors, Planning Studies), Oxford Brookes University

sy1617KatherineKatherine Foster (USA) - Language Arts/Music Specialization

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.
Her husband is the Science Department Chair, Aaron Foster.

Bachelor of Science (English, ESL), University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point