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High School Chemistry Teacher

Vanke Meisha Academy
Shenzhen, China
US 3670 - 4520 a month
Housing allowance provided on a monthly basis
Annual airfare reimbursement of up to USD 3,000
Start August 2020
2 years
  • High School
  • Licensed Teacher
  • Bachelor
  • 2 years of teaching experience
  • Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science, other Experimental Science
  • Teaching Credential/License
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in a STEM discipline
  • At least three years of teaching chemistry at the secondary level
  • Experience teaching advanced curriculum (AP, IB) a plus
  • Experience teaching Cambridge curriculum a plus
  • Leadership experience a plus


Personal characteristics

  • Committed to the learning and growth of students and teachers
  • Sharing good practices with colleagues, leading by example and promoting high standards in the delivery of the curriculum
  • Being fully involved with the life of the school both inside and outside the classroom
  • Modeling the highest standards of professional practice and interaction with students
  • Inspiring and motivating the School community towards high educational standards
  • Understanding, applying and sharing contemporary educational research, theory and practice in pedagogy, assessment, and reporting
  • Demonstrating and sharing the importance of emotional intelligence and empathy in building trust and a positive learning atmosphere across the School community
  • Defining challenges clearly and seeks positive solutions, often in collaboration with others
  • Communicating, negotiating, collaborating and building partnerships effectively while relating to the whole school community
  • Understanding the different demographic groups within the VMA community and is able to work effectively with them
  • Developing strategies to ensure educational opportunity for all students and staff
  • Global health insurance
  • Relocation allowance
  • Housing allowance provided on a monthly basis
  • Annual airfare reimbursement of up to USD 3,000
  • Pension plan
  • Holiday and allowance and birthday benefit
  • Generous domestic and international professional development
  • China social insurance
  • 178 annual paid non-working days
  • Mandarin classes
  • Bilingual staff to assist with any needs

The High School Chemistry Teacher has the rewarding and challenging task of inspiring students to understand the theories, methodologies, and practices that govern the interaction of matter, processes fundamental to important contemporary issues like climate change and sustainability. Students must learn how scientists research, discuss, write about, and present concepts while applying their learning to real-world contexts. As such, this position offers the teacher flexibility to engage students with creative learning experiences and assessments.


Job goals

  • To instill in students a high regard for studying chemistry in order to advance their understanding of the properties, composition, structure of matter and its transformation
  • To develop in each student an appreciation of and deep enduring understanding of chemical reactions, changes in matter and principles that govern these changes
  • To foster an appreciation in students that a fundamental knowledge of chemistry is necessary for them to understand its application in medical treatments, consumer electronics and product household goods
  • To instill a desire in students to further investigate the wonders of science by understanding the basic properties of matter and learning how to predict and explain how they change when they react to form new substances
  • To develop students’ mastery of chemistry content and to focus on applying their knowledge, critical thinking and reasoning skills through inquiry-based experiments
  • To provide optimum opportunities for students to develop their communication skills by recording evidence of their research of literature of scientific investigations through verbal, written, and graphic presentations
  • To provide a rich curriculum that encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in chemistry and in their personal development


Performance responsibilities

  • Uses an established set of chemistry standards (NGSS, AP, IB, Cambridge) to develop units of study in chemistry, which encompass the core scientific principles, theories, and processes governing chemical systems
  • Builds lessons based on preparing students for college and career success in STEM by teaching students to ask questions, develop models, conduct experiments, and write lab reports
  • Designs units that advances students’ inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing plans for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains
  • Creates student-directed inquiry-based lab experiences to provide opportunities for students to design experiments, collect data, apply mathematical routines and methods, and refine testable explanations and predictions
  • Uses a variety of instructional strategies such as demonstrations, discussions, lectures, lab activities in order to assist students in developing logical, critical, and creative thinking skills, drawing conclusions, solving problems, achieving improved interpersonal relationships, and making value judgments
  • Uses formative assessments, lab assignments/experiments, and other types of multiple measures to assess student learning and make instructional decisions and adjustments
  • Provides individual and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying intellectual abilities, attitudes, and cultural backgrounds
  • Collaborates with other teachers as required by administration
  • Maintains standards of student behavior to provide an orderly and productive classroom environment
  • Maintains professional competence through extended training
  • Selects and uses appropriate textbooks, instructional aids, technology, and maintains required inventory records
  • Communicates with parents and school counselors on student progress
  • Identifies pupil needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems
  • Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned workday
  • Participates in curriculum and other developmental programs
  • Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities
  • Participates cooperatively with the appropriate administrator to develop the method by which he/she will be evaluated in conformance with academy guidelines
  • Performs other duties that may be assigned by the principal or the academy
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Introduction to Vanke Meisha Academy:

Vanke Meisha Academy (VMA) is a private, international, bilingual boarding high school that contributes to the betterment of society by cultivating respectful, responsible, highly skilled leaders ready to be of service to the world.  Excellent teachers and a proactive counseling program deliver an innovative curriculum, emphasize academic achievement, impart healthy habits, and inspire student engagement and both interpersonal and emotional growth.  Committed to maximizing every community member's potential, we support over 70 student-run organizations and generously fund faculty professional growth.  We are proud to announce that, as a result of our efforts, we were fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)!  We have so far retained over 95% of our faculty and staff.  Finally, with plans to build approximately 100 K-12 campuses in the coming years, we will be seeking not only world-class classroom teachers but also talented, devoted administrators to fill a variety of director, coordinator, dean, assistant principal, and principal positions, and our commitment to internal promotion ensures extensive opportunities for career advancement and leadership.

Our 653,000 square-foot state-of-the-art campus is in the clean and beautiful beach resort district of Shenzhen, China.  The campus offers clean air and an impeccable natural environment in addition to gym facilities and beach access.  Furthermore, we are less than 30 minutes away from the bustling global metropolis of Hong Kong, and approximately 20 minutes away from the Shenzhen city center.

About the Curriculum:

The school is in its fourth year and aims to prepare students to succeed in the international university arena with the vast majority of students seeking to study in the United States upon graduating.  Our curriculum includes a blend of Chinese national courses, American non-honors high school courses, American honors high school courses, and Advance Placement courses in the experimental sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  Within five years, Vanke Meisha Academy hopes to establish a world-class International Baccalaureate program.

About Shenzhen:

Shenzhen, known as "China's Silicon Valley," is a large, young, and vibrant city with a burgeoning technology industry that promises continued economic growth. Despite its relative youth, the city is a bustling global metropolis with its stock exchange, 15 million people, highly developed and accessible public transportation, a growing population of accomplished, sophisticated, and motivated ex-pats, and access to all western amenities including food and nightlife. Furthermore, Shenzhen is located only 30 minutes away from the global financial and cultural metropolis of Hong Kong, one of the most developed cities in the world. Together, the Shenzhen and Hong Kong international airports offer you easy access to all of Asia. VMA is located in Dameisha, the beach resort section Shenzhen, which promises clean air, low traffic congestion, and fantastic living experience.

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This is a Direct to School Job
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