High School Social Studies

sy1617NathanielNathaniel Cooper (USA) - AP Economics

Nathaniel Cooper has been teaching Social Studies for the past five years at the high school and collegiate level. In Arizona and Wyoming, he taught Comparative Government, American Government, Economics, and Political Science courses. He was a coach for multiple sports including Track and Field, Cross Country and Wrestling.

Bachelor of Education (Political Science), the University of Wyoming
Master of Science (Political Science), the University of Wyoming

Adam Amster (USA) – Grobal Issue/AP Human Geography/Model United Nations

Adam Amster has four years’ experience teaching Social Studies at the middle school level. He is looking forward to moving up to high school. All of his teaching experience has been in Massachusetts public schools. He competed in wrestling and tennis at the collegiate level and has also coached each sport. He has begun a doctoral program in curriculum teaching, learning and leadership at Northeastern University.He has begun a doctoral program in curriculum teaching, learning and leadership at Northeastern University.

Bachelor of Arts (History),  Wagner College
Master of Education (Secondary and Urban Education), the University of Massachusetts – Amherst

109251 compressedDavid Stanciu (USA) - Global Issues

David Stanciu began his teaching career in the jungles of Ecuador where he taught general English in a small village nestled at the feet of the Andes Mountains. He went on to teach at the University of Idaho, a Canadian international high school in China, and now at NCPA. In his 5 years of teaching, David has taught English for Academic Purposes, Academic Writing, EFL/ESL/EAL, North American History/Government, Modern Problems, and Global Issues. Outside of the classroom, David is a strong proponent of student mentoring and engagement via academic clubs and competitive sports.

David Stanciu’s wife, Ann Beebe, is an EAL Specialist at NCPA.



Master of Arts (TESL), University of Idaho
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & History), Boise State University

109252 compressedGregory Elsen (USA) - Ancient Civilizations

Greg Elsen taught Social Studies and English as a Second Language in the United States for six years before coming to China in 2017 with his wife, Katrina. He taught geography and American history for two years in middle school and American history and Government for four years at the high school level. Prior to coming to China, he completed his Certificate in International Education from Bethel University. During his time in university, he also studied and taught internationally at Discovery School in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

His wife, Katrina Elsen is currently teaching Drama in NCPA.



Bachelor of Arts (History), University of Wisconsin-Madison

luke harrisLuke Harris (USA) - AP Economics/Global Issues

Luke Harris is in his 9th year of teaching. He has taught in Texas, Hawai'i, Xi'an, and Malaysia. He has taught social studies, mathematics, and English courses to students ranging from grade 6 to grade 12. He has experience teaching AP Economics, AP World History, and AP English Composition. He recently earned his secondary principal licensure from the State of South Dakota.



Master of Educational Administration, South Dakota State University
Bachelor of Science (Political Science), Ball State University

sy1617TimTimothy Holtgrefe (USA) - Psychology/Ancient Civilizations

Timothy Holtgrefe has been teaching Social Studies for the past two years in Jiangsu Province, and has taught ESL for four years prior to coming to China. He has taught History, Geography, and Civics at the Canadian International School in Kunshan. Timothy has also taught English as a college teacher at Woosong University in Korea.

Master of Education, Chapman University
Master of Social Sciences, Chapman University