Lu Laoshi

1st Grade Teacher

Tianjiao (Annie) joined the NWCA teaching staff in 2015 and will serve as our first grade teacher again this year. She has a Master’s Degree in Education. As a patient, detail-oriented person, she values perseverance and flexibility. Annie believes that every child should have the chance to learn and experience the joy of learning. She has the skills and knowledge to create and foster a caring and safe environment where “each child is valued and encouraged to reach their source of inspiration, and guide them in their journey of life. Thus, I found that teaching is a meaningful, joyful and rewarding career.”


Qu Laoshi

Middle School Extension Program & Substitute Teacher

Hansi joined the NWCA teaching staff in 2013 and will be leading our middle school extension program and serve as one of our substitute teachers this year. Hansi graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a degree in English. She also holds an early childhood education certificate from Shen Yang Normal School. She has several years’ experience teaching in Portland area Mandarin Immersion programs. Hansi also has a background in music which includes formal training in the violin and piano.


Gao Laoshi

Childcare Center Director, Admissions & Marketing

Yuan (Emily) joined NWCA in February 2014. Emily grew up in eastern China and graduated from Ludong University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She has received a certificate of Worldwide Montessori Teacher Training. Emily has several years’ experience working in Mandarin Chinese programs and has taught in both preschool and elementary school settings. Prior to coming to the United States, she worked at Department of Human Resources and Administration.


Tu Laoshi

4th Grade Teacher

Shurong (Sabrina) came to Northwest Chinese Academy in December of 2014. She served as our 4th grade teacher and will serve in that same capacity this year. Sabrina has been teaching since 2009 and has taught both in China and the U.S. She believes that students learn by seeing and believes that every student is unique and leans in his/her own way. She strives to help students learn to be critical and creative thinkers, flourishing both socially and academically.


Yin Laoshi

3rd Grade Teacher

Grace joined the NWCA teaching team in 2014 where she worked with our preschool students. She taught our third grade students the following year and will be teaching third grade again this year. Grace has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education from Xu Zhou Normal University. She also held an advanced-level teaching certificate in China. She has many years of teaching experience and while in Nanjing served as the Director of Education at two educational facilities. Grace worked as a Chinese Linguist for Rosetta Stone in Colorado when she first moved to the US. Before she came to our school, Grace was a Chinese teacher for a language immersion program in Portland teaching students from Preschool to 5th Grade. She is excited to share her love of learning with her students.