Whittle 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 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 80% 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

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Angela Tung

Early Learning Divison 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 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 of 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.
  • Martina Lu

    Deputy Head of Early Learning Center

    Martina LuDeputy Head of Early Learning Center

    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.
  • Joshua Joseph Zachary Barr

    ELC Teacher

    Joshua Joseph Zachary BarrELC Teacher

    Josh has been teaching ECE (Early Childhood Education) in China since 2010 and has worked in Australian, Chinese, IB/PYP, and American curriculum schools. He has obtained a B.A. (Honors) in English and American studies, an M.A. in education leadership and management, an M.Ed. in education globalization, and is currently finishing an M.A. in early childhood education. In each school in which Josh has worked, he has taken on a number of roles alongside his teaching responsibilities, including Teacher Trainer, English Department Manager, Sports Coach, and Kindergarten Subject Advisor. These positions have helped Josh develop a number of skills, including training new teachers, curriculum design/development, and leading teams in projects, year groups, and departments.
  • Jeanette Miao

    ELC Teacher

    Jeanette MiaoELC Teacher

    Jeanette Miao is a passionate and dedicated global educator. Since graduating in education from Biola University in California, Jeanette has accumulated eight years’ valuable experience in the educational sector. As a life-long educator, she stresses the importance of encouraging children to become self-motivated, independent, confident, responsible, analytical, and creative individuals. A native English speaker, Jeanette has a diverse background with experience living in the USA, Hong Kong, Germany, and Mainland China.

Lower and Middle School

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Dr. Rich Ruder

Lower and Middle School Divison Head

Rich Kuder joins 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 are recognised 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 BA in Political Science and an MA in Education Administration. He also gained a doctorate in Educational and Organisational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Carolyn French

    Deputy Head of Lower School

    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.
  • Valmir Neto Gomes

    Academic Dean

    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.
  • Houming Jiang

    Deputy Head of Middle School

    Houming JiangDeputy Head of Middle School

    Houming Jiang is the Deputy Head of Middle School at Whittle School & Studios Shenzhen, as well as a Chinese humanities teacher in middle school. 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. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education at the University of Hong Kong.

Specialists

  • 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.
  • Dr. Yang, Brian

    Director of Center of Excellence

    Dr. Yang, BrianDirector 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.
  • Simon Pang

    Head of P.E.

    Simon PangHead of P.E.

    Simon was born in Hong Kong and attended boarding school and university in the UK. After completing his PGCE in 2010, he taught PE internationally at DR Congo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Outside of school, Simon is certified to the highest degree as a rugby coach, and he has coached professionally for the national youth rugby teams in Hong Kong and China. He is also a certified coach trainer for World Rugby and has delivered numerous professional courses for teachers and coaches in Asia. He is currently completing his master’s degree in coaching performance at the University of Stirling.
  • Lu Wang

    Director of Experiential Learning

    Lu WangDirector of Experiential Learning

    Wang Lu graduated from School of Management, Zhejiang University. He was enrolled in the first cohort of “Global Entrepreneurship Program.” He has translated two published books as the main translator for and (4th edition). After two years of teaching at Teach for China, he joined Hangzhou Chinese International School as a MYP teacher, and later took on a leadership role for Community Project - a service-learning program. He was invited twice as instructor for pedagogy training and community innovation projects at the Teach For China Summer Institutes. Besides this, 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."
  • Taylor Collard

    Athletics Director

    Taylor CollardAthletics Director

    Taylor Collard was born in London and later moved to Spain where he grew up loving football. He played through his late teens and then moved into coaching. In 2011, Taylor moved back to the UK where he achieved a bachelor’s in sports coaching from the University of Central Lancashire and worked at the professional football club Preston North End FC. In 2014, he moved to the United Arab Emirates where he led a sports & wellness program at the American University of Sharjah. Upon leaving the UAE in 2016, Taylor continued his journey into China working as a Lead Player Development Coach at a teenage football club. Taylor also has an English Football Association Coaching license.
  • Isabel Li

    School Counselor

    Isabel Li School Counselor

    Isabel Li has experience working in schools and in clinical psychology. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology (London) and achieved First Class Honours in her master’s degree in clinical psychology (Wales). She has worked in various schools in the UK, with children from Lower School to Upper School, providing additional support for students with learning difficulties as well as psychological support for students of different ages. Isabel also worked in various psychology teams in the UK. During her role at the neuropsychological assessment clinic, she conducted cognitive and psychological assessments. She also worked in the depression and anxiety clinic (children and adolescence team) in Reading, UK, where she conducted psychological assessments and provided psychological support for children and young people who experienced mental health difficulties. She enjoys collaborating with families and, most importantly, believes that a holistic approach is important for supporting children’s wellbeing.
  • Yaan Gao

    Creative Art Teacher

    Yaan GaoCreative Art Teacher

    Having graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts and earned the Excellent Graduate Student Awards in Beijing, Yaan graduated and continued to study public art. During her studies, she went to the Netherlands and studied at Willem de Kooning Academy as an exchange student. She earned her master’s degree in arts in teaching and received a K-12 Visual Arts Professional Educator License in the state of Illinois. She has travelled to over 20 countries in Europe and North America and enjoyed every minute of it. She keeps an open mind to accepting different cultures and embraces having a reflective attitude while teaching to remain critical. Her students are exposed to landscape design, fiber art, digital art, sculpture, collage, painting, etc. She also combines writing with weaving to inspire students to express themselves.
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