Elementary PE Teacher

Shanghai SMIC Private School - More Info

Job Purpose

Contributes toward building a world class SMIC-I Elementary through providing instructional guidance to students in SMIC-I PE/health in grades K-5 while actively contributing to our students and school through 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


PE Teacher Job Duties

  • Teach a minimum of 21 elementary periods per week
  • Teach students in grades K-5 as assigned in PE/Health
  • Work on curriculum development, which includes preparing effective diverse lesson units based on the school’s curriculum formats using the Understanding by Design (UbD)
  • Help develop, maintain and follow an established PE/health K-12 curriculum including designing units to support it
  • Collaborate with PE/health teachers through fostering a team focused department
  • Design authentic assessments and measure their effectiveness in meeting curricular goals
  • Support SMIC school values including our ESLRs and motto, and serve as a role model to students in all actions, professionally and personally, to promote them
  • Promoting in academic lessons 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 (i.e., study hall, supervising students during open computer lab times, lunch/morning duty, etc.)
  • Able to use effective ESL strategies in working with students who exhibit near proficiency in English
  • 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
Early Childhood, Elementary

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
  • Faculty remuneration is commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Travel stipend paid monthly
  • Heavily subsidized tuition for 2 dependent children
  • Free lunch to staff during working days

Qualifications and Requirements

Teaching Credential/License
  • Bachelor's degree required in physical education at the elementary or secondary level required but a bachelors’ degree in a related field (i.e., sports medicine) is considered when already possessing a teaching license
  • Must possess a valid teaching license/certificate
  • At least 3 years full-time teaching PE in a regular elementary or middle/high school setting
  • Evidence of relevant professional development especially in PE/health instruction


Organization and Communication Skills

  • Demonstrate strong positive commitment toward school improvement
  • Demonstrate commitment to physical education/health at the elementary level including innovations and best practices
  • Knowledgeable about the American-style education system and how primary and secondary level student 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

About China

One of the world's most powerful nations, China's cultural contributions have influenced history and human development for thousands of years. Teach Away offers ESL teaching jobs in reputable language schools as well as licensed teaching jobs across China.

Beijing, China
Standard Mandarin
Renminbi (yuan) (¥)
Buddhism, Taoism
Varied: wet/dry seasons
Land area - 3.7 million sq. miles (9.6 million sq. km)