High School Science

sy1617AaronAaron Foster (USA) – Biology/AP Enviromental Science

Aaron Foster has been teaching science for the past four years, all of which has been overseas. For the past three years he was in Taichung, Taiwan where he taught AP Environmental Science and Biology at Ivy Collegiate Academy. Aaron was also involved in extracurricular activities, coaching Track & Field as well as Triathlon.

His wife is the 9th grade EAL specialist and English teacher, Katie Foster.


Bachelor of Science (Biology Education), Culver-Stockton College
Candidate, Master of education (Science Education), the University of Nebraska at Kearney

David Awtrey (USA) – Chemistry/AP Chemistry

David Awtrey has been teaching science for 23 years. He has taught every subject including IB Chemistry, IB Biology, and AP Environmental Science. He has taught internationally in Moscow and Sao Paolo. David Awtrey is Certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Studies. David’s wife, Peggy Smith, is NCPA’s Curriculum Coordinator.


Bachelor of Science (Geology), the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Master of Education (Secondary Science), University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

sy1617JasonJason Graser (USA) - Integrated Science/AP Physics

Jason Graser has been teaching science for the past five years in West Virginia prior to coming to NCPA. He has taught AP Biology, AP Physics, Earth Science and Physical Science at North Marion High School. He has been a coach for Football (American) and Baseball, as well as leader of the Spirit Section for high school sports.

Bachelor of Science (Biology), West Virginia University

Master’ of Education (Science), West Virginia University

Maria Domingues (Portugal) – Biology/AP Biology

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.

Bachelor of Science, the University of Coimbra
Master of Science, the University of Coimbra/Central Michigan University
Doctor of Philosophy, the University of Coimbra/Central Michigan University

109248 compressedNina Gross (USA) - Integrated Science

Nina Gross has been teaching science for the past three years in Vancouver, Washington. She has taught Earth Science, Biology, Integrated Science, and Environmental Science. Nina has been involved in extracurricular activities including MESA (math, engineering, science, and achievement) which involved women and minorities in the STEM fields, and also led chess club. This year, she is coaching middle school soccer.

Her husband, Collin Peterson-vanKanegan, is a teacher in the English department at NCPA.



Master of Arts in Teaching (Integrated Science), Lewis & Clark College
Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology), the University of Vermont

109249 compressedSandra Lanphear (USA) - Chemistry

Sandra Lanphear is looking forward to using her veteran teaching skills in the great country of China. Her 20 years of teaching has been split between High School and Middle School where she has taught Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science and Horticulture. Her “English as a Second Language” skills have been built over the last five years with classes and practice. She has tutored several subjects and use a variety of approaches to insure understating. At NCPA, she teaches Chemistry and supervises Golf.



M.S. (Technology in Education), Lesley University
B.S. (Secondary Education – Chemistry), Concordia University