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 Whittle, 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.
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.
Katherine Zhan received Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University and continued her educational pursuit at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with M.Ed. in school counseling. Before joining Whittle, she worked as a school counselor in the US and China for 7 years. She believes that every student is unique and bounded for success given appropriate and abundant guidance.
Audrey Ma received her bachelor's degree from the State University of New York and a master’s in art history from the University of Kansas. With a passion for community service and library, she has worked as a cataloger intern at the Roberson Museum & Science Center and participated in the “Rare Book” project at the Library of KU. After graduation, she worked as a librarian at an international school in Hangzhou and helped to build the school library. She believes that information literacy is a key to the student's success, and in every book there’s an inspiration. Her goal is to build a library that helps facilitate reading and learning and is also a center for information sharing and space with a sense of the community.