4th/5th Grade Teacher Assistant
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.
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.”
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.”