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


David Stainton

Early Learning Divison Head

David Stainton was born and bred in West Yorkshire in the UK. He holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood studies and a postgraduate degree in education specializing in early years education. He loves teaching because of the creativity it requires and the challenges it presents to him. He is committed to the philosophy that every child is unique and that they all learn in different ways. Before relocating to Shenzhen to join Whittle School & Studios, David spent eight years working as an early childhood educator in Guangzhou.



David Mandell

Society Teacher, Academic Head

David received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. David was previously the IB MYP Programme Coordinator at an international school in Beijing

David has taught social studies and English as a foreign language over the past ten years in both the United States and in China. Specifically, he has taught students from Grade 6 through 12 in the following subjects: United States History, World History (IGCSE), AP United States History, MYP Individuals and Societies, and various other elective courses.

David is excited to work with all types of students as they develop into knowledgeable and caring members of the international community.
  • Nancy Li

    Deputy Head (Pastoral)

    Nancy LiDeputy Head (Pastoral)

    Nancy Li holds a Bachelor’s in Polymer Materials and Engineering from Wuyuzhang Honors College of Sichuan University, a Master’s in Organic Chemistry from UCLA, and a PGCE from the University of Nottingham. Nancy has taught in a range of schools in Shenzhen, specializing in Physics and Chemistry, and joins us as a STEM teacher in the High School.

  • Marc Boshoff

    Director of Academic Office,Head of English Language

    Marc BoshoffDirector of Academic Office,Head of English Language

    Born in South Africa where he spent most of his childhood, Marc Boshoff finished his secondary education in the United Kingdom. He then returned to South Africa where he studied for a Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. During this time, he also held a part time position as a research assistant in the Department of Entomology and got his first taste of teaching in the mentoring program of the Department of Political Science, helping previously disadvantaged students with academic essay writing. With his undergraduate degree completed, Marc took a position at the Global Cool Foundation in London as part of a team focused on ways to positively encourage people to become climate conscious. After an extended break in the United States, he returned to South Africa and began working at the University of Cape Town as a research assistant in the Department of Geomatics. This position also included an advisory role to graduate students. He then attended Stellenbosch University and completed his B.A. (Honors) in political science and his M.A. in international relations (cum laude). A travel break took him from Malawi to Malaysia, before moving to South Korea to start his teaching career as an English teacher. Ten years and three schools later, where he was the head instructor at two, he left Korea to move to China and join Huitong, drawn by the re-imagined and innovative approach to education.


  • Alessandro Antonicelli

    Head of Studios

    Alessandro AntonicelliHead of Studios

    Alessandro is a highly accomplished educator and designer. He hold a Master’s of Education and he is PreK-12 certified Art teacher. He has also served as an Associate Professor at Raffles University, an Asian-based university specializing in Design. Alessandro is particularly passionate about the intersection of traditional and modern media and the role that education can play in bridging cultures.


    Alessandro became an Associate Professor through extensive research and on-the-ground application of Multiple Intelligence combined with Project/Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and Learning-by-Doing. He has also spent several years working in the e-Learning field and has developed smart platforms.


    Alessandro has received numerous certifications for his expertise in design evaluation, project-based learning in the arts, and teaching critical thinking through art. He has been teaching art and design in China since 2004, and has held various leadership roles such as Program Director, Director, and Head of Department.


    Thanks to his proven leadership skills, Alessandro has successfully helped colleagues develop and be promoted while ensuring that students benefit from a cohesive team and are accepted by some of the most prestigious art, design colleges and universities in the world.


    Alessandro’s career began as Program Director of the Graphic Design and Interactive Media program at Raffles Design Institute attached to Changchun University. Ten years later, he moved to the China HQ in Dong Hua University in Shanghai. During his time at Raffles Education Corporation, he served as Director for International Relationship, Director of the Corporate Training project, and Founding Member of Raffles Academy.


    Currently, he serves the Senior Leadership team as Deputy Head of Studios after having served for 4 years as Head of the Creative Arts & Design Department at HUITONG SCHOOL in Shenzhen, South China.

  • Callum Donkin

    Child Protection Officer/Head of MS & HS PE

    Callum Donkin Child Protection Officer/Head of MS & HS PE

    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 LS PE

    Lucy Donkin Head of LS PE

    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.  

  • Zoe (Weiyi) Kong

    COE Teacher

    Zoe (Weiyi) KongCOE Teacher

    Weiyi received both her Bachelor and Master of Fine Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, majoring in visual communication design. Her study and practices in art and design involve interdisciplinary techniques, mediums, forms, thoughts, etc. Taking advantage of such art making processes, she discusses issues concerned with culture and behavior, which inspires her with the belief that the social responsibility of an artist always has to do with education. Weiyi introduced her methodology in art and design to museum education, and developed public learning programs for the Sea World Culture and Arts Center. She successfully held a series of project-based learning events and experiences on the subject of local history for school kids and adults in collaboration with schools, artists, and scholars.
  • Katherine Zhan

    College Counsellor

    Katherine ZhanCollege Counsellor

    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. 

  • 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.

  • Yaan Gao

    Acting Head of Creative Art and Design Department

    Yaan GaoActing Head of Creative Art and Design Department

    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.
  • Tony Ng

    College Counselor

    Tony NgCollege Counselor

    Tony Ng was born and raised in Hong Kong. He holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Washington and a Master degree from the City University of Seattle. He specializes in business studies, such as finance and business administration. Before joining Huitong School, he had worked in a private high school in Seattle and an international school in Shenzhen for many years. As a college counselor, he hopes to be a mentor to help students to find their own interests and goals, to motivate students to improve and make contributions to the world with their own influences.