Middle School

109250 compressedAlicia Garza (Mexico) - Middle School Social Studies

Alicia Garza is in her 7th year of teaching. Alicia started her teaching career at Coppell Independent School District in Coppell, TX where she taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade Social Studies.  In Coppell, she helped develop the Dual Language Immersion program at the Middle School level and implemented it in two of CISD's middle schools. A Mexican native who lived in the United States for the past 6 years, she is licensed to teach both in English and in Spanish.


Master of Education, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)
Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)

109419 compressedColby Grabill (USA) - Middle School English

Colby Grabill is in his 7th year of teaching, and his second stint in China. Having taught at Tsinghua University and several years in South Korea, he was excited to return to East Asia. Prior to NCPA, Mr. Grabill was working at the American School of Kuwait teaching 8th grade honors. During this time he also had responsibilities as the Middle School literacy coach, working closely with all Middle School grades. Having completed his undergraduate studies in Cincinnati, he holds his 7-12 teaching license from the state of Ohio.


Masters of Social Science (International Relations), Tallinn University Estonia
Bachelor of Science (Education and English Literature), University of Cincinnati

sy1617ElizabethElizabeth Newton (USA) - Middle School STEM

Elizabeth Newton has taught 7th and 8th Grade Science and Math Enrichment since 2013 in Arizona. While there, she was involved with many extra curricular activities like coaching volleyball and starting a Lego League Robotics club.

Bachelor of Arts (Elementary Education and Middle Level Science), the University of Minnesota- Morris

sy1617JohnJohn Brennan (USA) - Middle School Health & PE

John Brennan has been teaching physical education since 2010. Prior to NCPA, he taught at The Harbour School in Hong Kong, Shanghai Community International School, and a charter school in Queens, New York. He also has experience coaching basketball and lacrosse.

Bachelor of Science (Physical Education), West Virginia University
Master of Science (Multidisciplinary Studies),SUNY Buffalo State

Josh Chan (Malaysia) – Middle School Chinese Math

Josh Chan began teaching middle school math at Chehalem Valley Middle School in McMinnville, Oregon. Josh’s first language is Hokkien, but he also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin (and English, of course) fluently. Besides his love of mathematics, Josh Chan also has passion for music (vocal and instrumental) and basketball.

Associate Degree (Psychology), INTI International University & Colleges Penang
Bachelor of Education, Linfield College in Oregon

Moon shun150Moon-Suhn Kim (South Korea) – Middle/High School Art

Moon-Suhn Kim has been teaching students from K- grade 12. Before coming to NCPA, she taught at M. Marcus Kiley Middle School in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she worked with students with learning difficulties. She has also been an English teacher in South Korea and a bilingual interpreter at elementary school in Amherst, Massachusetts. During her teaching career, she has facilitated many after school clubs, such as mural, arts & crafts, Korean, and model United Nations. She also holds an EAL Certificate of ISS World Language Initiative.

Bachelor's of Fine Arts (Art Education), the University of Massachusetts – Amherst majoring in Art Education

Miranda Li (China) – Middle School Chinese

Miranda Li has taught Chinese in NCPA since 2013. She has 1 year volunteer service experience in middle schools of rural area of Dingxi, Gansu, China. She has 3 year experience as college lecturer and counselor (course: Ideology and Politics). She thinks those unforgettable days she spent teaching the kids at the far end of China has inspired and benefited greatly on her career path in education.

Bachelor of Arts (Chinese language and literature), Fujian Normal University
Master of Arts (Chinese contemporary literature), Fujian Normal University

sy1617MirandaMiranda Mullins (USA) - Middle School STEM

Miranda Mullins has been teaching Chemistry for the past four years in the US. Prior to coming to NCPA, Miranda taught Chemistry I and Advanced Chemistry at Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce, South Carolina. She has been an advisor for the National Beta Club and the Chemistry 2 Club.

Bachelor of Science, (Biology and Chemistry), Francis Marion University
Master of Education, (Teaching), the University of South Carolina

109247 compressedNaarah Callender (USA) - Middle/High School Music

Naarah Callender began her teaching career at Asia Pacific International School in Seoul, South Korea, where she co-taught grades K-5 general music and grades 6-12 choir. She has been passionate about music since she was very young and loves sharing that passion with her students. Prior to teaching, Naarah taught choir with the Atlanta Music Project, a non-profit organization that brings high quality music education to the underserved youth of Atlanta, Georgia. When she is not teaching, Naarah loves exploring new cities and trying new foods.


Bachelor of Arts (Choral Music Education), Kennesaw State University