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Elementary Homeroom Teacher (G1, 2 or 3)

Job Purpose

Contributes toward building a world class SMIC-I Elementary through providing instructional guidance in elementary grade 1, 2, or 3 as a homeroom teacher, while actively contributing to our students and school through associated roles expected of a holistic professional educator in a dynamic system dedicated to honor, excellence, community and joy.


Successful SMIC Private School educators have …

  • Passion about bringing quality education to students that includes …
    • love for education
    • consistently operating with a commitment to positivity, excitement and creative problem-solving
    • respect for working in a multicultural environment where multiple work styles are valued and celebrated
    • being a caring contributor who bring enjoyment to the workplace
  • Team spirit commitment that includes …
    • a can-do attitude
    • respect for genuine joyful collaboration
    • dedication to positive and supportive interpersonal relationship skills
    • willingness to take initiative
    • desire for transparency
    • ability to take direction easily when needed
    • willingness to make personal sacrifices for the greater school-wide good
    • committed to working in a team based teaching environment where flexibility and collaboration are key
  • Strong work ethic values that include …
    • high standards of quality
    • effective organizational skills
    • being self-directed
    • ability to multitask
    • comfort with big picture concepts while being detail-oriented when implementing school plans
    • serving as a strong positive role model for students at all times
  • Responsible outlook that includes …
    • a sense of ownership and reliability in getting the job done correctly to the end
    • ability to work under pressure with deadlines yet also demonstrating flexibility with ease when needed


Job Duties

  • Teach a minimum of 21 periods per week
  • Work with students in grades 1, 2 or 3, as assigned for the school, in a self-contained classroom teaching/homeroom for all the major academic subjects (reading, writing, math, science, social studies)
  • Supervise and evaluate an assistant teacher assigned to work with the class
  • Coordinate the classroom human resources (teacher and assistant teacher) to deliver effective high quality educational opportunities to students 
  • Work on curriculum development, which includes preparing effective diverse lesson units based on the school’s curriculum formats using the Understanding by Design (UbD)
  • Collaborate with grade level teachers
  • Design authentic assessments and measure their effectiveness in meeting curricular goals
  • Promote our “Expected School-wide Learning Results” (ESLRs):  global citizenship, motivated learners, healthy individuals, and persons of character
  • Maintain and update timely student records including grading (homework, grade books, progress reports, report cards, student attendance, and other required documents)
  • Be actively involved in (at least two) extra-curricular activities as a faculty sponsor/advisor/coach/helper/school committee member
  • Actively fulfill assigned supervision duties, which could include supervising students during open computer lab times
  • Able to work closely with students who exhibit near English proficiency
  • Work closely with parents/guardians through providing feedback on progress, answering questions, and being an educational partner where possible
  • Proactively meet and communicate with parents/guardians, students and other teachers when necessary to develop interventions for students with academic, emotional/behavioral or other needs
  • Serve as a substitute teacher when needed
  • Take an active role in required meetings (departmental; grade level; committees, faculty; etc.)
  • Assist with additional duties as assigned
Posted: May 2019
This is a Direct to School Job
Shanghai , China
August 2019
2 years
Licensed Teacher

Job Benefits

  • Reimbursement of single trip airfare (economy ticket) for the employee from country of origin to China.  For married employees, this will be extended to spouse and dependent children who are under 18 years of age
  • Substantially subsidized partially-furnished apartment near school
  • Travel stipend paid monthly
  • Heavily subsidized tuition for 2 dependent children
  • Free lunch to staff during working days
  • Worldwide or domestic health insurance

Qualifications and Requirements

Teaching Credential/License
  • Bachelor’s degree required in elementary education but a bachelors’ degree in a related field (early childhood, curriculum) along with a teaching license is considered 
  • Must possess a valid teaching license/certificate in elementary or early childhood education
  • At least 2 years full-time teaching in the same position in a regular elementary school setting
  • Evidence of current relevant professional development especially at the lower elementary grade levels


Organization and Communication Skills

  • Demonstrate strong positive commitment toward school improvement
  • Demonstrate commitment to  education at the lower elementary grade levels including innovations and best practices
  • Develop and follow established elementary course curriculum including designing units to support it
  • Knowledgeable about the American-style elementary education system and how primary level classroom instruction integrates into it
  • Comfortable working in a school that integrates Chinese and American style educational philosophies
  • Comfortable with computers for school related purposes including data management, Rubicon Atlas, email, and MS Office programs
  • Fluent in both oral and written English at a professional standard 
  • Desire to actively engage in professional development opportunities as provided by the school or through individual initiative
  • Flexible in adapting to a multi-cultural environment with school community members of many nationalities