As the former vice-president of RDFZ, the former president of the RDFZ...more>>
As the former vice-president of RDFZ, the former president of the RDFZ Chaoyang School, and a former professor at Renmin University of China, Mr. Shen is a distinguished educator in China. He possesses more than 30 years of experience as a secondary school Chinese teacher, and has taught high school seniors for 20 years, with a special focus on education administration. He has deep experience in helping high school seniors prepare for examinations. During his 12-year tenure as RDFZ’s administrator, more than 2,000 of his students were admitted to Peking University and Tsinghua University, with another 600 to prestigious universities abroad and 280 to prestigious universities in Hong Kong. Each year, he achieved a 100% matriculation rate. Under his tenure, the school produced the top-scoring student in Beijing on the National College Entrance Exam (Gaokao) for 11 years, with an additional 10 of his students receiving the 2nd place, and his students also earned 13 gold medals at the World Olympics.
Head of School
Rhiannon Wilkinson had been the headmistress of Wycombe Abbey School...more>>
Rhiannon WilkinsonHead of School
Rhiannon Wilkinson had been the headmistress of Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire, England, one of the world’s leading girls’ boarding schools since 2013. She read history at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University, and completed her teaching qualification, with distinction, at the University of Bath. She also earned a M.Ed. degree in leadership and management at the University of Manchester.
She has wide experience in state, independent, and international education. She held senior positions at schools in Hong Kong, Brunei, and England before being appointed principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College, in North Yorkshire, England, in 2009. She took up her post at Wycombe Abbey in 2013. Rhiannon holds governorships at state and independent schools, and is involved in several national committees of British independent-schools organizations.
Haisheng (Eric) Lin
Vice President of Business Development
A former senior business leader for Lafarge China and G.E., E…more>>
Haisheng (Eric) LinVice President of Business Development
A former senior business leader for Lafarge China and G.E., Eric Lin held positions in strategy planning and business development, sales, and marketing for over 20 years. Eric was an Experienced Commercial Leadership Program member and Six Sigma black belt for General Electric, and was also the China youth envoy to UNESCO and a member of its Antarctica expedition (1997). He has extensive work experience in China, Europe, Africa, the U.S., and South America. Born in Guangdong, China, he holds an M.B.A. from Glasgow University. Eric was a guest professor at Sichuan International Studies University.
Dr. Zhang Wenjun
Chinese Curriculum Specialist
Wenjun is the Executive Director of Zhejiang University Basic…more>>
Dr. Zhang WenjunChinese Curriculum Specialist
Wenjun is the Executive Director of Zhejiang University Basic Education Curriculum Research Center for the Ministry of Education. She has been a teacher, researcher, and advisor to ministries and schools on curriculum reform and school improvement for 15+ years. She also served as the Representative of Zhejiang University in London. She was a Yenching Scholar at Harvard University and a visiting academic at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has had other international experiences including internship at APEID – UNESCO and teaching doctoral summer school on curriculum studies in Tallinn University. She has published widely on curriculum theory and comparative curriculum studies. Wenjun earned her Ph.D. in comparative education at East China Normal University; her B.A. in school education and M.A. in comparative education were from Hangzhou University (now part of Zhejiang University).
Early Learning Division Head
Angela Tung served as Pre-school Academic Director for the El…more>>
Angela TungEarly Learning Division Head
Angela Tung served as Pre-school Academic Director for the Elite K-12 Education Group where she was responsible for the overall leadership and management of all HD Kindergartens including those in Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao and Ningbo. Angela is a highly qualified Montessori practitioner with experience in both the US and China as a lead teacher, academic director, executive principal, and director. She has been instrumental in the success of two of the top Montessori schools in Shanghai.
Fluent in English and Mandarin with extensive experience working with both local Chinese and international families, Angela graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. She also holds an AMS Early Childhood Certificate.
Deputy Head of Early Learning Centre
Martina Lu graduated with a degree in pre-school education an…more>>
Jiayu LuDeputy Head of Early Learning Centre
Martina Lu graduated with a degree in pre-school education and has more than ten years of pre-school education and international kindergarten management experience. She has been a national supervisor, chief director, and director of pre-school education institutions in mainland China and Hong Kong . She also served as the CEO of a well-known education investment company. Martina has a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of pre-school educational institutions and educational development in Wuhan, Hangzhou, Jingdezhen, the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong, and Japan. She has put this expertise into practice at Hudong Education College and in four kindergartens across Japan. Martina once founded a bilingual kindergarten implementing IB and Reggio concepts. She has unique understandings of the mix of cultures and backgrounds in schools, and advocates a holistic education that connects family, society, school, and the individual. She has dedicated herself to becoming an educator of lifelong learning.
Dr. Richard Kuder
Lower & Middle School Division Head
Rich Kuder joined Whittle School & Studios from Wyckoff, …more>>
Dr. Richard KuderLower & Middle School Division Head
Rich Kuder joined Whittle School & Studios from Wyckoff, New Jersey where he has been Superintendent of Schools since 2010. At Wyckoff, he led and managed around 300 members of staff and over 2,000 pupils in public schools, some of which were recognized as schools of excellence. Previously, Rich was Principal of the Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School in New Jersey. Earlier in his career, he taught in both elementary and middle schools.
Rich is a graduate of Columbia where he received a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in education administration. He also gained a doctorate in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Deputy Head of Lower & Middle School
Xiaofeng is the former Chinese language teaching and research…more>>
Xiaofeng YuanDeputy Head of Lower & Middle School
Xiaofeng is the former Chinese language teaching and research fellow of the Chongqing Institute of Education Sciences, Deputy Director of Shenzhen Nanshan District Teacher Training Center, Deputy Director of the Nanshan Education Science Institute, and Principal of Houhai Primary School. She is one of the 2012 Top 10 National Readers, 2006 Top 10 National Reading Promoter, and Guangdong's first “Star of Reading” Outstanding Principals. She is the co-editor of the national Chinese language textbook, an expert on Chinese education in primary schools in Guangdong Province, director of the China Children's Literature Research Association, and an expert on the National Reading Research and Promotion Center. In recent years, she published articles such as Picture book class in Spring (Autumn), Parent-child Reading ABC, Ways to kick off Parent-child reading as well as picture books, Can I Not Go to School Today?, The Mouse Goes to the Lampstand Again, Take my Great-Grandfather on a Blind Date, Golden Faith, etc.
Deputy Head of Middle School
Houming Jiang is a founding faculty member of the Whittle Sch…more>>
Houming JiangDeputy Head of Middle School
Houming Jiang is a founding faculty member of the Whittle School Shenzhen Campus. He helped found Futures Academy at the International School of Beijing to pilot interdisciplinary project-based learning while teaching Chinese and social studies. Prior to this, Houming was a Teach for China fellow in rural Yunnan on the Burmese border. He also worked as a researcher for the New Yorker magazine. Houming majored in accounting at Xiamen University and got a Master’s of Private School Leadership at Columbia University.
Deputy Head of Lower School
Carolyn French is an international educator with over ten yea…more>>
Carolyn FrenchDeputy Head of Lower School
Carolyn French is an international educator with over ten years of teaching experience. Carolyn began her career teaching third grade in the United States and has since taught in Thailand, Vietnam, and Honduras. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and her Master's in Elementary Education degree from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Carolyn has dedicated herself to becoming a life-long educator and learner, and she strives to instill a similar desire in all of the students with whom she works.
Upper School Division Head
Jonny Franks was a member of the Executive Leadership team at…more>>
Jonny FranksUpper School Division Head
Jonny Franks was a member of the Executive Leadership team at Wycombe Abbey as Director of Sixth Form (grades 11 and 12). In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the academic and social progress of a third of the school’s student population. He led and managed three Deputy Heads of Sixth Form, the Head of Careers, and eighteen Advisors. Jonny is responsible for all the school’s university applications to the UK, the US, and an increasing number of other countries across the world. Over one third of Wycombe’s senior students gained admission to Oxford and Cambridge. Jonny was also the residential Housemaster to all Upper Sixth (grade 12) students.
Jonny holds an M.A. in philosophy from Cambridge University and was formally rated Outstanding in his Graduate Teacher Qualification. Fully immersed in all aspects of school life, he is a natural leader.
Dean of Student Life
Allison grew up in England and read Psychology at Exeter Univ…more>>
Allison SpillmanDean of Student Life
Allison grew up in England and read Psychology at Exeter University. Realizing that her vocation was to teach, she simultaneously completed a Postgraduate Teaching Degree and a Mathematics Degree at Greenwich University. She began her teaching career at a London Academy before moving to a selective girls' grammar school in Kent where she introduced the International Baccalaureate Program into the senior school. Moving into the independent school world at Caterham School, Allison found her passion was in pastoral care and boarding. She joined Wycombe Abbey and was soon promoted to be Head of Boarding, with full responsibility for the pastoral well-being of all the pupils, and Designated Safeguarding Lead, where she maintained the highest standards of safety and well-being for both pupils and staff. Working within a residential environment supporting pupils to develop and flourish is where her expertise thrives and her heart lies.
Valmir Neto Gomes
Prior to joining Whittle, Valmir Neto was Head of High School…more>>
Valmir Neto GomesAcademic Dean
Prior to joining Whittle, Valmir Neto was Head of High School Humanities, Educational Technology Coordinator, and Head of the Data Committee at the International School of Ningbo, China. He majored in English and Portuguese language arts at the Brasilia University Center, Brazil. His first international school position was at the American School of Brasilia as a Digital Media/Technology teacher, where he taught for four years and helped develop faculty and student digital literacy. Concurrently, he worked on his Master’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Educational Studies and his Educational Leadership Certificate by the State University of New York. He then went on to become the Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at School of the Nations for three years where he co-led the creation of an aligned K-12 bilingual curriculum.
Dr. Brian Yang
Director Of Center Of Excellence
A native of Hunan, China, Brian Yang received his bachelor’s…more>>
Dr. Brian YangDirector Of Center Of Excellence
A native of Hunan, China, Brian Yang received his bachelor’s degree from Peking University and a Ph.D. from Yale University. Brian then went on to work for McKinsey & Co., first in Chicago and later as the founding member of McKinsey’s office in Shenzhen. Having experienced the best of what both China and the US have to offer in education, Brian is attracted to Whittle by the vision of a global school that leverages the best resources, talents, and capabilities from around the world.
Dr. Anita Zhou
General Manager for Studios
Anita brings with her many years of experience in education m…more>>
Dr. Anita ZhouGeneral Manager for Studios
Anita brings with her many years of experience in education management, academic research, and curriculum design. Anita obtained her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Cambridge before returning to China as a Lecturer at East China Normal University and has since become an active contributor to the academic circle in China. Prior to joining Whittle, Anita served as Vice President in an elite K-12 education group in Hangzhou, overseeing its academic research, curriculum design, and international affairs.
Director of Experiential Learning
After two years of teaching in the Teach for China program, W…more>>
Wang LuDirector of Experiential Learning
After two years of teaching in the Teach for China program, Wang Lu joined Hangzhou Chinese International School as a Middle Years IB teacher and later took on a leadership role for Community Project - a service-learning program. Additionally, he co-founded the Joyman Djembe Academy in Hangzhou and two different innovation camp programs for teenagers. He also participated in Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom in the summer of 2018. Wang Lu believes that education is about “helping each student discover one’s own power for creation."
Director of Admission
Kara Gao earned her B.A. in accounting at Tsinghua University…more>>
Kara GaoDirector of Admission
Kara Gao earned her B.A. in accounting at Tsinghua University and an M.B.A. in finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has a background in sector-wide and company research, developed while at Bosera Asset Management Co., one of the first fund-management companies established in mainland China. After entering the education field, she served as senior manager at a private kindergarten and innovative public school and established a wide outreach in the early-education sector in Shenzhen. She also served as a strategic consultant for several education funds and institutions. In 2015, she was elected secretary-general of the Alumni Association of Shenzhen Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in charge of network building and event planning.
Director of Admission
Originally from Shenzhen, Connie Wu has lived in Hong Kong fo…more>>
Connie Wu Director of Admission
Originally from Shenzhen, Connie Wu has lived in Hong Kong for more than 14 years. She earned her B.B.A. in accounting and finance, with honors, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and an M.Sc. in psychology from Hong Kong University. She also studied finance and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to taking her position at Whittle School & Studios, she served as executive director of a hedge fund based in Hong Kong. She was attracted to Whittle by the global vision of the school, its commitments to innovation, and its community of talent.