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Aug 27, 2020 |

Nessima Gatchalian

NESSIMA GATCHALIAN is our new Middle school science teacher here at Northwest Academy. She comes from a strong background in Biochemistry and extensive experience working with children and young adults in an educational setting. She has taught General chemistry for two years at Oregon State University, HS science specifically, Chemistry and Biology, and MS science both online and in-class and have previously taught various subjects to both elementary and middle school-aged students for several years. She has received a BS and an MS in Biochemistry, a Master’s in Teacher endorsed in Secondary Science from Pacific University, and teaching credentials from the state of Oregon.

As a science teacher, she strives to motivate and create a fun experience of learning for the students, to encourage student autonomy, implement inquiry-based learning, and to encourage students to become active learners in their education. She works to develop a strong relationship with the students and family members so that we can become the best support for our students’ education and success in their learning process. Nessima joined Northwest Academy in 2020.

  • Small Class Size

    Northwest Academy commitment to small classes and access to faculty help students succeed at high levels.

    Small Class Size
    Classes average 15 students per class
  • Class Retreats

    Each grade level goes on its own unique retreat that relates to the curriculum.

    Class Retreats
    8th grade science retreat at Mt St. Helens.
  • College-Prep Academics

    Northwest Academy students write two substantial, college-level thesis projects in their senior year. All juniors and seniors receive college credit through the PSU Challenge Program.

    College-Prep Academics
    Senior Thesis Presentation
  • Prom

    This isn’t your parents’ prom. Everyone dances. And the photos are awesome.