5th Grade

Liu Laohi

5th Grade Teacher

Jiao joined the NWCA teaching staff in 2016 and will serve as our fifth grade teacher this year. Jiao graduated from Portland State University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Education and Certificate of Oregon for K-12 Chinese. Her teaching objective is to support all learners through student-centered and culturally responsive instruction and enable every student with different backgrounds to enjoy learning. Jiao believes that “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach”. She highly values the curiosity and imagination of students and as a life-long learner, she is willing to learn from students. She tries to build a classroom with feeling of belonging, of love and security based on living together, helping and sharing.


Mrs. Tucker

Lower English Teacher

Karen Tucker joined the NWCA teaching staff in 2016 and will be teaching English to our Preschool-2nd grade students. She graduated with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development, a minor in Psychology, and a CA teaching credential with an ESOL endorsement from San Jose State. After graduation Karen moved up to Portland and attended George Fox for her MEd in Elementary and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction. Karen has taught preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, after-school programs, and school-age summer camps for many years. She has worked with students from low-income backgrounds, English language learners, and in inclusive classrooms with students who have special needs. She has always wanted to work with children. Her grandmother was an English teacher and a school librarian who passed her love of teaching, learning, reading, and hands-on exploration on to Karen. She believes every child has the potential to learn and the key to unlocking that potential is meeting the learning needs of the individual child. As a teacher, her objective has always been to help guide her students educational experiences so they become strong critical thinkers, develop effective self-help skills, and cultivate a life-long love of learning.

Mrs G

Mrs. G

Upper English Teacher

Jaime Gaughan has joined the NWCA teaching staff this year and will be working with our 3rd-5th grade students. She is excited about joining Northwest Chinese Academy and says, “Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was old enough to attend school. In 2010, I graduated Cum Laude from Seton Hall University where I completed a 4-year Bachelor degree program in Education and English. It was during this period that I spent most of my free time volunteering as a lead mentor for students ages 3-13. I also volunteered in El Salvador and Haiti during my spring breaks, as well as an ESL teacher, and advocate for homelessness awareness in my local community. Since college, I have travelled the country three times, worked as a preschool and middle school teacher, and created after school clubs for students in need of social and educational guidance. Some of my favorite things in life are my husband, our two puppies (Bear and Gryffindor), photography, camping, traveling, hiking, reading, teaching and learning. I also LOVE the color green because to me it symbolizes nature and simplicity, and purple because it represents passion! My drive for learning and teaching young minds about life skills and education continues to grow exponentially, and I look forward to working with your young students to enhance their knowledge and creativity.”


Xiaoxiao Laoshi

Preschool Teacher

Chunxiao is a recent graduate from Oregon State University. She recently joined NWCA and will serve as our preschool teacher this year. Her field of study was Human Development and Family Sciences with a focus on early childhood development. Chunxiao believes that every child should be able to have a full filled childhood and learn the world unconsciously while playing. With professional knowledge and enthusiasm, she is able to provide a safe, playful and enjoyable environment for children to learn through playing.

Spanish Teacher

Maestro Eduardo

Spanish Teacher

Eduardo Charbonnier joined the NWCA teaching team in 2013 and will return to teach Spanish to our 3rd-5th grade students. A native speaker from Uruguay, Eduardo has extensive experience in teaching, writing, editing, interpreting and translating. He has taught in a before and after school Spanish program in Beaverton and Tualatin, and at a private school in Hillsboro. Eduardo holds a Masters in Musicology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.