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

Ms. W

Upper English Teacher

My name is Casey Whitlatch (also known as Ms. W) and I am so excited to join the Northwest Chinese Academy as an English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher for 3rd-5th grade. Since I am joining you in the middle of the school year, I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself.

I am currently finishing my Master of Arts in Teaching through Western Governors University. I will graduate with a K-8 teaching license in February. Before entering my MAT program, I received my TEFL certification in the Czech Republic and spent several years teaching English as a Foreign Language to students of all ages in South Korea, China and Saudi Arabia. I’ve been back in Portland for a year now. I spend my free time reading, hiking, seeing movies with my husband and playing with my pets.

I am so lucky to be joining your community. I know NWCA is a wonderful school and I can’t wait to be a part of the wonderful education your child is receiving.


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.”