To recruit passionate educators from around the world, a team of Chinese and American professional recruiters and experienced educators selected our group of excellent teachers through the screening of resumes and applications received around the world and through several rounds of interviews.
In order to ensure fairness and cooperation between campuses, we apply an intelligent recruitment system called Green House to our teacher recruitment. This helps record, track, and communicate information as we build a large pool of talented candidates.
In addition to resume screening, video interviews, demo lectures, and principal interviews, we have also worked with Sterling Backcheck, one of the world's largest and most professional employee background check companies. A set of comprehensive background checks and identity checks are conducted on candidates who have been admitted to join Huitong, which include their educational backgrounds, work experiences, or criminal records in the country where they have lived.
Of the teachers at our Shenzhen campus, over 76% hold a master’s degree or above and 70% have more than 4 years of teaching experience. Chinese teachers mainly come from top-level international schools with some joining us from reputable public schools; the rest are those highly brilliant young fresh graduates from first-tier universities here in China and beyond. Foreign teachers are mostly from the US and the UK. They have at least 2-years teaching experience with many having been in the field of education for over 10 years.
Passionate about how traditional and modern media bridges cultures, Alessandro completed his bachelor’s and masters’s degrees in multimedia design and production, and was recently awarded a Certification in Evaluating Design with Users. In 1999 Alessandro founded The Web Agency, specializing in animated interactive websites, and started off his academic career teaching design and multimedia. In 2004, he moved to China, where he became program director of graphic design and interactive media at Raffles Design Institute attached to Changchun University and Donghua University in Shanghai. He became associate professor through the application of multiple intelligence combined with learning-by-doing while teaching design. Alessandro’s most recent project was the design of the e-learning platform for La Sapienza University in Rome.
Callum Donkin was brought up in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Throughout his teen years, his love for sport developed into a true passion for rugby and kayaking. Callum achieved his BSc in Sports Coaching, Development and Fitness from the University Leeds Beckett. He started his career teaching Physical Education in a school designed for children who had emotional, social and behavioural challenges. In 2015, Callum went to Cairo, Egypt where he continued his work with children who had special educational needs as well as a P.E. teacher. After three years in the desert Callum then moved to Hangzhou, China where he was the school’s SENCo for the last 3 years.
Callum is an avid sportsman who has played rugby at both semi-professional and professional level. In his spare time, he also kayaks to a high level, kayaking down Grade 5 white water rivers.
Lucy Donkin grew up in Lincolnshire, England. She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA Honours in Sport Development and Inclusion; she then went on to University of East London to gain her PGCE in Special Educational Needs and Physical Education. During her time in London, Lucy taught children who had a multitude of different disabilities as well as toddlers and nursery aged children sport. This is where her love for Early Years sport developed.
In 2014, Lucy moved to Cairo, where she was an Early Years and Key Stage 1 P.E. teacher for over 4 years. Lucy also worked closely with the SEN department developing interventions to support children struggling with social and emotional challenges through sport. Lucy then moved to Hangzhou, China to become the Assistant Head of Boarding at Wellington College.
Wang Minyi obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Shanghai University of Sport, with a major in Physical Training, focused on badminton and basketball. After he graduated, he worked at Shanghai Pinghe School and RDFZ King’s College Hangzhou. At both Pinghe and RDFZ he taught a range of ages, from primary to high school, in Physical education classes. He was also head coach for both badminton and basketball. The RDFZ basketball team went from little knowledge of basketball to winning the HISAC tournament, Hangzhou’s largest competition.
He has a wide range of interest in sports in which he holds certificates for. He also has IB teaching certification. His passion as a teacher is to help students to build up skills in sports as well as providing the tools to practice a healthy lifestyle.
Tongtong graduated from Zhejiang University with a Master's degree in Curriculum and Learning Sciences and has extensive teaching experience in robotics and programming education. She has worked for many multinational companies such as Deloitte Management Consulting and Apple Inc.
She hopes that the three cornerstones of the after-school program, namely "over 100 unique after-school courses, multi-line academic competition system, and student-centered club activities", can effectively help Huitong students develop in multiple ways. At the same time, she has always been committed to integrating cutting-edge technology into basic education, and has worked with university laboratories and technology companies to develop a CoE Signature Program of "Technology, Engineering and Design" as the core of the Center of Excellence, and initiated and successfully held the first Huitong and Bay Area.
Swing Liu studied for her Bachelor’s in English at the China University of Political Science and Law and for her Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as the College Counsellor at the Houde Academy in Shenzhen and founded the Shenzhen Career Development Association. She joins Whittle as our College Counsellor.
Danielle Hu is a counselor at Whittle. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Master’s degree in guidance and counselling. She has been working with children and families in school settings for the past eleven years in both public and international schools. She has worked as a class teacher in middle school for 2 years and primary school for 7 years. In August 2019, she has become the school counsellor at a renowned IB school in Shenzhen. She is also a workshop leader and school visit team member in the IB organization. She has conducted several staff or parent workshops on different topics, such as IB education, classroom management, positive parenting, etc.
Danielle specializes in working with children ages 6-14. She is able to provide support with personal development, managing emotions, social skills, and communicational skills. She helps children identify their strengths and weaknesses and support them with goals setting. She is proficient in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.