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Middle School

Alicia Garza

Middle School Social Studies

M.Ed., B.S., Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)

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.

Colby Grabill

Middle School English

Masters of Social Science, Tallinn University Estonia
B.S., University of Cincinnati

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.

Elizabeth Newton

Middle School STEM

B.A., the University of Minnesota- Morris

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.


Fernanda Oliva

Middle School Visual Arts

M.A., University of Durham
B.A., Universidad de Chile

Fernanda Oliva is in her fifth year of teaching, after taking a year for getting her Master's Degree in the UK. Fernanda started her teaching career in a public school from Chile and since then she has developed as a teacher in several different contexts. She has worked with students from third to twelfth grade in different Chilean schools teaching visual arts and technology. During her Master's she focused on Education and Gender Studies. Fernanda was born in Santiago de Chile, where she studied and worked until moving to the UK and later to China.

John Brennan

Middle School Health & Physical Education

M.S., SUNY Buffalo State
B.S., West Virginia University

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.


Li (Roy) Xilin

Middle School Mathematics

M.Phil., The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
B.S., The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Roy started his teaching career at HKUST as an Instructional Assistant. Prior to coming to NCPA, he taught Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Abstract Algebra at his university. Roy's interest in pedagogy was sparked during his university experience and this motivated him to earn his Hong Kong teaching license.


Miranda Li

Middle School Chinese

M.A., B.A., Fujian Normal University

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.

Naarah Callender

Middle School Music

B.A., Kennesaw State University

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.