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Founding Primary Teacher - English or Putonghua

Full Time, Permanent

Effective teachers who continually learn and set high expectations are the key to student academic and holistic success. In addition to the traditional responsibilities excellent teachers assume outside of the typical school day, the Founding Teacher will also assume the exciting responsibilities and challenges of starting a new school. A Founding Teacher will have proven teaching ability and be able to act as a pedagogical leader as the program grows.

We are seeking passionate educators who are committed to high quality teaching, creative and rigorous curriculum development, collaborative planning, multicultural education, innovative practices, hands-on learning, child-centered learning, and positive education. This teaching position provides significant opportunities for professional growth.

Key Responsibilities


  • Claim ownership of the privilege and responsibility to ensure high levels of student development across all continua
  • Establish a supportive, positive classroom culture that sets high expectations and is student-centered
  • Consistently teach with purpose, clarity, effectiveness, and engagement
  • Carefully monitor student progress and make necessary adjustments to ensure students flourish
  • Work collaboratively to plan and implement regular field trips and real world learning opportunities
  • Implement and expand upon our chosen positive education program

Communication & Community

  • Communicate regularly with families as partners in the education of their children
  • Model expectations to students by arriving to school on time, being prepared to teach, and reflecting our values
  • Maintain strong communication lines with colleagues and regularly collaborate
  • Participate in and initiate productive student-centered discussions
  • Work to foster a positive, engaging work environment
  • Attend all professional development and staff meetings


  • Ensure that curriculum documentation is up-to-date
  • Assist in development of curriculum mapping
  • Participate in the formation of the school’s strategic development
  • Regularly document student progress, including informal observations, running records, and quarterly reports
  • Perform clerical duties, as required

Key Requirements

Knowledge of

  • Child growth and development
  • Current trends, research, and best practices
  • Primary content areas

Ability to

  • Employ varied teaching methods
  • Create a positive and productive learning environment
  • Motivate students, colleagues, and key stakeholders
  • Handle problems and concerns with sensitivity and tact
  • Confidently and competently communicate orally and in writing with students, parents, and others
  • Plan, establish priorities, and implement “activities” for maximum effectiveness
  • Use a range of assessments to determine student achievement and then analyze results in order to determine actions for improvement
  • Work effectively with peers, administrators, and others
  • Value unique perspectives, experiences, and personalities to build relationships


  • Organized and efficient
  • Critical and creative thinker
  • Inter-culturally aware with well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Approachable and positive
  • Innovative and flexible
  • Comfortable working and flourishing in an ever-changing environment
  • Self-starter, proactive, and an active learner


  • Creativity and innovation
  • STEM education
  • Hands-on learning
  • Positive education
  • Multiculturalism
  • Professional development
  • Collaboration

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum five (5) years of successful classroom (or similar) teaching experience
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Native fluency in English and/or Putonghua
  • Current teaching certification or licensure
  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Satisfactory criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.A. or M.Ed.
  • Experience teaching PYP, project-based learning, Reggio Emilia, or similar programs
  • Specialist certification (reading, math, STEM, ISTE)
  • Ability to teach other content areas (arts, PE, etc.)
  • Prior leadership role (could be concurrent with classroom teaching roles)

Qualified candidates will be remunerated with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and educational philosophy to Personal information will be used for recruitment purposes only. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Successful candidates will be expected to begin by August 1, 2021.