• Teach in China

    Bringing Western Education to Eastern Schools

What We Do

Since 2010, WholeRen Education Group has created and promoted an array of international programs between China and the U.S. by bringing expanded learning and cultural experiences to schools, students, and teachers. Our Teach in China program gives western educators the opportunity to engage in international education along two tracks: the school administration track (e.g., as a school principal or academic director) and the teaching track (e.g, in subject areas or as an ESL teacher). These options are for educators who would like to work at a school in China and typically are contracted for an academic year. 

We partner with institutions in China that seek to bring in progressive and creative administrators, as well as teachers, from the United States to oversee the development of school programs in China. WholeRen collaborates with schools and candidates to understand their needs and philosophies in order to help to match candidates to the most suitable positions abroad and ensure success for both parties. 

Who We Assist

  • Seasoned School Administrators (e.g., Principals, Academic Directors, Counselors)
  • Educators seeking to contribute to international education in China
  • Culturally competent professionals with experience in delivering educational experiences for primary and secondary schools
  • Independent, creative educators who have developed school programs within the United States, and can bring international education to China
  • Innovative, organized school leaders who can advance classroom experiences and support teachers in developing student academic experiences

What We Offer

The Schools we work with pay us a commission for each educator we help bring into their talent pool, and we do our best to support our educators along every step of their journey. To that end, we offer a number of services including:

  • Program Placement Assistance

    Across a network of schools and positions

  • Preparation and Adjustment Services

    Pre-departure and in China

  • 24/7 Phone Support

    Multilingual staff on hand in the U.S. and China

  • On-Site Assistance

    In-person support at U.S. and China offices

In addition, we also coordinate with schools to help provide:


Housing allowance or on-campus housing (based on school)


Healthcare allowance (may cover completely for some applicants)

Airport Pickup

Welcome upon arrival and transportation from airport to lodgings

Flight Allowance

Standard one round trip flight covered each year


Given the number of different positions available across a variety of schools, requirements are largely position-specific. However, There are several general requirements sought by nearly all positions:

2+ Years of Experience

In order to be granted a Chinese working visa, would-be educators must have at least two years of experience in their field after having obtained their degree, or to have obtained a masters degree. More demanding positions may look for more extensive history from applicants.

Adaptability and Flexibility

Working at a school in another country means not only will the culture there likely be different from what you are accustomed to, but the academic culture may be different as well. Therefore, it is crucial that would-be international educators have a certain degree of flexibility and are able to adapt to changes in their environment.

Fluency in English

Being fluent in English ensures that you can communicate easily with other English speakers as well as contribute to the western educational culture that many schools are trying to create.

School Profiles

Select a school below to view job openings and more information:

Success Stories

Maxine K. received her Bachelors in Elementary Education at Ohio State University before obtaining a Masters of Curriculum and Supervision at the University of Pittsburgh. After teaching in the public school system in Pittsburgh for 12 years, she went on to serve as a Principal for 23 years: four years at Allegheny Middle School, seven years at Sheradon Elementary School, seven years at Reizenstein Middle School, and five years at City Charter High School. In 2011, we helped Tsinghua International School, one of the most prestigious high schools in China, find Maxine and introduce her to international education in China.  She has been been enjoying her time there ever since. She is currently in her seventh year as Academic Director at the acclaimed institution.

Wendell M. received his Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Nebraska and went on to obtain a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Purdue University. Over his extensive career of nearly 50 years, Wendell has worked around the world as a Teacher, Principal, and Head of School in Nigeria, Romania, Indonesia, Chile, the U.S.A., the U.A.E., the U.K. and China. He was also the President of the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) and spent 18 years at laboratory schools across the globe until 2014 when we introduced him to Tsinghua International High School where he enjoyed two years serving as the school’s academic principal before retiring.

John H. obtained his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. John has had extensive experience in school administration having served as the Superintendent of the Beaver County School District for 23 years. At the beginning of 2017, we reached out to John on behalf of Tsinghua International School where he has been working for the last nine months. As the school’s current Director of Development, John has had the opportunity to expand his career internationally and has helped the school grow by overseeing strategic planning for the institution’s improvement and expansion.

Listen to Dr. Wendell McConnaha share his experience as a principal in China

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Who We Are

We are an international company headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Founded in 2010 by American and Chinese educators, WholeRen seeks to create and promote a wide array of Sino-U.S. educational opportunities. We have offices throughout the United States as well as in China that are fully staffed with multilingual and multicultural professionals. With a focus on all aspects of holistic education, our company name reflects our belief: “Ren”, meaning “person” in Chinese and our belief that our work encompasses the whole person, or WholeRen.

Where We Are

US: Pittsburgh, Boston, Washington D.C., New York, Seattle, New Jersey, Los Angeles, San Francisco, East Lansing

China: Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou

Our locations worldwide


  • Do I need to know Chinese?

    Not a requirement – many international schools use English as the primary language of instruction and typically have administrative assistants and teachers available to help with any translation needs. There are also many expatriates, English speakers, and those looking to practice English in the larger cities who can help you navigate.

  • Is this for English teachers?

    No – in fact, English teachers represent only a small subset of the educators we work with. Because we partner with schools that specifically have international curriculums, we seek teachers that will deliver innovative teaching methodology in their subject areas of expertise using the English language.  Additionally, we also seek experienced school administrators looking to expand their professional careers abroad.

  • What does it cost?

    Nothing – we receive commission from the school’s that we work with for finding talented educators. In turn, we do all we can to support you and smooth along your transition at no cost to you.

  • What if I have more questions?

    Call or email us – we have bilingual representatives standing by in the U.S. and in China ready to answer any questions you may have, as well as help you out if something comes up that you cannot manage on your own. 

Ready to take the first step on your journey to finding a position overseas? Email us to setup a preliminary phone interview, or send any questions you have to teach@wholeren.com. Your international adventure awaits!


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