Huitong is looking for passionate practitioners worldwide

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.

  • Master's Degree Or Above

  • Four Years Or More Of Teaching Expereince

  • Fluent In At Least One Foreign Language

Early Learning Center


Mengya Zhang

Early Learning Divison Head

Ms. Mengya Zhang graduated from Columbia University with a master's degree in guidance and rehabilitation of health and behavioral studies. She was a core member of the Center for Opportunities & Outcomes for People with Disabilities, Columbia University. She is a trained behavioral analyst who has conducted research into several Waldorf, Reggio, and integrated kindergartens in New York State and has served as the Director of Strategic Development of a well-known early childhood education group in Shenzhen. As the co-founder of China’s first national special education foundation, she has always been committed to protecting and promoting children’s rights and has always been a pioneer of Whittle’s social responsibility initiatives. She has initiated and successfully held two Artist-in-Residence Charity Auction Events on campus.
In the past, Mengya was also a member of the ELC build team. This team collaboratively created the core curriculum design for Whittle's Early Learning Center with highly-qualified founding members from across Whittle's global network.

Lower and Middle School


Dr. Guo Xin

Lower and Middle School Divison Head

Dr Guo Xin studied a for a Bachelor’s in Journalism at Wuhan University, two Master’s degrees – in Higher Education at Tsinghua University and in Evidence-Based Social Intervention at Oxford University – and holds a PhD in Sociology of Education from University College London. She has held a variety of senior leadership positions in schools and educational organisations and has worked as a Senior Education Advisor for a branch of UNESCO. Dr Guo Xin joins us as Division Head for Lower and Middle School.
  • Xianglei Yuan

    Middle School Maths Teacher

    Xianglei YuanMiddle School Maths Teacher

    Xianglei Yuan has several years of experience in teaching mathematics with great success at Wuhan Foreign Languages School. His students have gone to Peking, Renmin, and Tsinghua Universities in China, as well as Oxford and Cambridge in the UK and Columbia University in the US. They have also gained distinction in Mathematics Olympiads and similar competitions. More recently he has been involved in work with the “One Belt and One Road” initiative in designing mathematics’ courses, and has rich experience and profound insight into personalized teaching.
  • Dr. Lei, Isabelle

    Head of Chinese Language and Literature

    Dr. Lei, IsabelleHead of Chinese Language and Literature

    Isabelle Lei obtained her doctoral degree in Chinese classic literature and has an extensive background in the Chinese language and culture. She used to serve as the Head of the Chinese Language Department at Tsinghua University High School and was in charge of the Chinese teaching and research of the elementary school division. She also took charge of organizing large-scale Chinese culture events on campus, implementing international education philosophies and methods in Chinese language teaching, improving the Chinese course system. She successfully promoted the Chinese Culture Program at Tsinghua University High School and made it one of the most well-known Chinese programs among international schools, benefiting the field of multi-cultural education. During that time, she also served as the chief editor of the school’s internal Chinese textbook, “Hua Zhang Qing Yun,” and was in charge of the design and delivery of the course. Through the teaching of this internal course, she managed to pass on the mission and vision of the school to her students. What made Isabelle join Whittle was the school’s focus on both Chinese and English and the resolution of creating a global learning community.
  • Alex Ashman

    PBL Coordinator

    Alex AshmanPBL Coordinator

    Alex has a master’s degree in trans-media storytelling from Canada’s preeminent school of media, Ryerson University, where he was featured on the Top 30 Under 30 List and won the Innovative Storytellers Award for his thesis project about children with superpowers. He was selected for the sought-after Telefilm Canada New Media Producers’ Program, where he developed new ways of extending stories across multiple media platforms for children’s entertainment. Featured in The New York Times, Alex is a published photographer, an award-winning filmmaker, and has been mentored on over a dozen feature films and television movies, including the Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Into the West, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Little House on the Prairie for Walt Disney. His latest project, Alex in Lotusland, which is about his life in China, was recently nominated for a 2018 Webby Award.


  • Alessandro Antonicelli

    Head of Creative Arts and Design

    Alessandro AntonicelliHead of Creative Arts and Design

    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.

  • Dr. Wu, Nelson

    Head of Performing Arts

    Dr. Wu, NelsonHead of Performing Arts

    Dr. Nelson Wu read Ph.D. at King’s College London and studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music. He worked professionally as an orchestral and a chamber musician and made several award-winning recordings with the London Symphony Chorus as a first tenor. He performed with world-famous conductors in venues such as Sydney Opera House, Auckland Town Hall, the Lincoln Center in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Centre in London. He presented academic papers at Oxford and Cambridge universities and published peer-reviewed articles on Brahms and Messiaen. Dr. Wu has served as Director of Music/Performing Arts in four leading schools in Australasia and China. One of his students came third in the world in A Level Music. He was the founding director of music at Wycombe Abbey International School where he built their flagship music program within three years. Under his dynamic leadership, the musicians averaged over 80% Merit and Distinction awards in ABRSM and RSL practical and theory exams. He coached several national finalists of Steinway and Carnegie Hall competitions. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II received Dr. Wu for his academic excellence and distinguished service to community.
  • Callum Donkin

    Head of PE, Middle School

    Callum Donkin Head of PE, Middle School

    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

    Head of PE, Lower School

    Lucy Donkin Head of PE, Lower School

    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

    PE Teacher

    Wang MinyiPE Teacher

    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 Zhang

    Head of After School Activities

    Tongtong ZhangHead of After School Activities

    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

    College Counsellor

    Swing LiuCollege Counsellor

    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


    Danielle HuCounsellor

    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.