Shawn Macaulay was born and raised in South Africa and continued his studies in Asia and America. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in education with an American teaching license and QTS. He is also a qualified Cambridge oral examiner.
As an experienced early years, primary homeroom, and under and postgraduate teacher, Shawn is thrilled to begin a new journey at Huitong. He is dedicated to fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment that promotes the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of his students. He believes in a student-centered approach, recognizing and integrating each child's unique interests and strengths into the learning process. He strives to create engaging and interactive lessons that encourage active participation and critical thinking by incorporating a range of teaching strategies, including project-based learning, cooperative learning, and technology integration, to make learning enjoyable and meaningful for his students.
Creating a supportive classroom community is one of the core pillars of Shawn's teaching philosophy. He prioritizes building strong relationships with his students, their families, and colleagues because he believes that a collaborative partnership is essential for student success. He works towards creating a safe and respectful environment where students feel valued, empowered, and motivated to take risks on their learning journey. By promoting open communication and fostering a sense of belonging, he aims to create a classroom where all students can thrive academically and personally.
Matt Toy grew up in the South West of the UK and came to China in 2006. He has spent many years working with young children in a variety of contexts, most recently working for seven years as a homeroom teacher at Bromsgrove School Mission Hills. He holds a bachelors degree in computing, a post graduate certificate in education and is currently working towards a US teaching licence. Matt has a passion for encouraging children to follow their interests, allowing them to take risks and learn from their successes and mistakes, enabling them to ‘connect the dots’ in their understanding of the world around them. He loves to bring his creativity and passion for music and movement into the school environment, allowing children to learn in an authentic and holistic manner.
Isabelle Leigh is from Hertfordshire, UK and has always been keenly interested in creative art and sound. She is trained in multiple digital media disciplines having graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of Lincoln.
Isabelle became passionate about education after participating in creative mentorship programs in a local school and now has a few years of teaching experience with young learners in China, she is TEFL and CELTA qualified and is in process of obtaining a PGCE. Isabelle believes learning is a lifelong venture in which creativity is key. She views creative project work as ongoing negotiation with the self, as such opens unlimited opportunities for students to imagine, try, re-evaluate and try again allowing for authentic exploration. Isabelle seeks to inspire student’s sense of ingenuity and creation to build their sense of self, confidence and community input in a meaningful, lasting way.
Anna is a qualified teacher from Ukraine with MA in English and Literature. Anna also has TESOL certification and over 10 years of experience in education. She worked as ESL Lead Teacher in Primary School of the Affiliated High School of Peking University and was awarded Certificate of Honor for the excellent work and high standard performance as a Foreign Teacher in 2020 and 2021.
This year Anna completed the PGCE iQTS course at the University of Sunderland and obtained QTS certification from Department for Education in the UK. Anna is a committed practitioner who creates engaging and creative teaching environment. Anna believes the future of the world starts in her class today.
Khloe is a registered ECE teacher in New Zealand and have lived there for 13 years since secondary school. Other than a B.A. in Psychology and Education from the University of Auckland, Khloe also achieved a graduate diploma in teaching (ECE) and a fully qualified teaching license. Prior to joining Whittle, she worked as a classroom co-ordinator in one of the leading Reggio Emilia inspired centres, teaching children from diverse backgrounds in Auckland, New Zealand. Throughout years of teaching experiences, her practice and knowledge are strongly inspired by Reggio Emilia approach using a holistic curriculum. As a teacher, She is working with the children as a co-learner to support their learning, development and well-being.
Bella Deng is a graduate of Dickinson College, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and of the University of Sydney, where she received a Master’s degree in Teaching (Early Childhood). She has worked in a range of Early Childhood Centres in Australia and joins us as a Teaching Assistant in our ELC.
Claudie Li studied Pre-School Education at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai. Before joining Whittle’s ELC, she worked as a Chinese teacher at Yung Wing International Kindergarten, where she was involved in the opening of a new branch.
Alice Xu studied Pre-School Education at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Nottingham and worked in a range of international and local kindergartens before joining Whittle’s ELC.
Arora Zhu graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong-liverpool University with a bachelor's degree in Foreign language and Literature. She also has a master's degree in education from the University College London (UCL). Her main research direction is early childhood education psychology and in-depth comparative research on the teaching methods of early childhood education in various countries. How to combine the advanced pedagogy of early childhood education with Chinese traditional culture is the key concept she pays more attention to in her teaching process. Before joining Whittle School&Studios, Arora worked for several different kindergartens in London and Shanghai, which has given her turn what she learned into practice and accumulated rich teaching experience in practice. She believes that Whittle provides a comfortable, natural and open working space for children, where children can freely explore, discover the unknown and get enlightenment. She is willing to be the follower and observer of children's exploring the world.
Eunice Shi owns two Bachelor’s degree majored in Chinese Language and Literature and English Language and Literature from Huazhong Normal University, and one Master degree in Chinese Linguistics and Language Acquisition from Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since graduating in 2011, Eunice has devoted herself to early childhood education. Prior to joining Whittle, she was working as a bilingual classroom teacher in a famous international Waldorf kindergarten in Hong Kong. She is now a qualified Waldorf early childhood educator after completing a three-year international training program in Waldorf Early Childhood Studies. Eunice thinks that each child is unique with huge potential, and that an educator should be able to reveal the ‘treasures’ in him/her. She hopes that each child will develop the body, heart and mind holistically, and believes that through creative and personalised education filled with love and art, each child will be a shining star.