Jennifer have been an early childhood educator for 8 years. I received a BA in Arts from Drury University. After spending a year abroad, I went to education. I received a Montessori certificate from HMEI & a Masters of Early Childhood with an emphasis on Reggio Emilia from Webster University. I have been in China since 2018. I am seeking a better future for the next generation through child-focused education. I believe classrooms filled with joy, creativity, independence, & mindfulness can guide children to learn to love learning. Children are wonderous gift that can take us on a journey to develop their minds and ours.
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.
Josh is an experienced and qualified Early Childhood Educator holding teaching licenses from both the USA (Pre-k to Grade 3) and UK (QTS 4-11 years old). He has been teaching young English language learners in China since 2010 and prior to joining Whittle he taught in Chinese, IB PYP and American curriculum schools. Josh has continued to grow and learn academically earning his M.A. in Education Leadership and Management and M.Ed. in Education Globalization. Josh believes strongly in the philosophy of Reggio Emilia and has taken part in many professional development programs focused on Reggio Inspired practice as well as attending the official ‘Reggio Emilia Digital Study Tour in 2021’. Throughout his career Josh has gained experience in teacher training, managing departments, and curriculum design/ development. As our Head of Early Learning Curriculum Josh will bring his extensive skills and experience to develop Whittle’s Reggio Inspired bilingual program for both our Shenzhen and Suzhou campuses.
Erika has been teaching and working in education for 14 years. She received her M.Ed. from Loyola University of Maryland and her B.S. in Exercise Science from Truman State University. She is a trained AMI Montessori Guide for ages 3-6, earning her AMI diploma in 2012. Before moving into education, she worked extensively in the health and wellness industry, coaching for both children and adults. She has lived and taught throughout the US as well as abroad. She spent three years living and teaching in South Korea and has been living in Shenzhen since 2017. Erika strongly believes that education should be joyful, and through cultivating joy, movement, intention, and mindfulness practices, teachers and leaders can create safe, fun, and enriching environments that ultimately inspire learning on a much deeper level.h
Miki is an experienced and qualified bilingual early childhood educator who has gained teacher certification from the UK (QTS 4-9 years old), the USA (Pre-K to Grade 3) as well as earning China’s Early Childhood Education teaching license. Miki holds a B.A. in Education from China, an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the USA and a Level Three Advanced Skills Certification in Forest School Leadership from the UK. Since starting her full-time teaching career in 2013, Miki has continually sought further opportunities to develop and improve her skills and knowledge related to early childhood education. She has taken courses in world renowned early years approaches and curriculums, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Orff Music, and is currently studying Early Education Leadership (CEEL) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (USA). Prior to joining Whittle School & Studios, Miki worked with various international curriculums including IB-PYP, Canadian, and American International Common Core. Her experience has helped Miki develop a range of skills that allow her to help students develop and benefit from a variety of global approaches to early childhood education.