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January 4, 2019
Elementary Homeroom Teacher 2019-20
Presidio Knolls School (PKS), an innovative Mandarin immersion elementary school in San Francisco, is seeking exceptional Mandarin immersion teachers for the 2019-20 school year.

School Overview
Founded in 2008 Presidio Knolls School (PKS) has grown rapidly establishing a unique position in Bay Area’s independent school community through its blend of progressive education and Mandarin immersion. Today, the school enrolls 348 students in preschool through sixth grade, and will continue to add one grade per year until 2020 when there will be a full preschool through eighth grade. The mission of Presidio Knolls School is unique in its blending of progressive education and Mandarin immersion—a curricular combination that has caught on with families across the Bay Area.

The progressive philosophy of Presidio Knolls School embraces kids as co-collaborators in their education—helping children to shape their own learning journey toward topics of greatest interest. The school has a commitment to social-emotional learning that pervades the culture of the school.

The PKS curriculum is project-based and interdisciplinary. Units of Exploration integrate math, science, social studies, art, drama, and movement around overarching topics of inquiry in English and Chinese, contextualizing all learning through a real-world lens. Critical to this approach is hands-on, experiential instruction. As such, learning often takes place outside of the classroom.

Mandarin Immersion Homeroom Teacher
PKS is seeking exceptional elementary homeroom teachers with native level fluency in mandarin and expertise in teaching simplified Chinese to help develop our thriving and vibrant elementary school program. Ideal candidates are committed educators who are bilingual and bicultural; have a passion for and experience with elementary school children; experience in teaching self-contained classrooms, including math, science and social studies within a mandarin immersion context; will prioritize progressive educational aims and interdisciplinary instruction; will understand how to develop a program with rigor and flexibility; and, most of all, they will be excited to be part of the team that continues to build an incredible school.

• Create a warm, caring, joyful learning community
• Create a classroom space that is differentiated, engaging, responsive, and beautiful
• Plan, coordinate, and implement a well-organized and focused curriculum
• Plan, design and implement authentic assessments that make learning visible
• Use a variety of teaching techniques and strategies to engage students
• Create enrichment and extension opportunities for advanced students
• Identify and respond to individual students’ social and emotional needs, including learning differences in collaboration with Learning Specialist and Counsellor
• Integrate technology as appropriate
• Write progress reports, support student led conferences and conference with parents, keep communication open with parents
• Participate in reflection and coaching activities
• Use documentation to make learning visible to the children and families; contribute to student portfolios

Skills & Qualifications
• Joy in working with children and assisting their progress
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience teaching in respective grade level, preferably in an immersion program
• Bilingual and bi-literate in Mandarin Chinese and English with native Mandarin Chinese proficiency, including ability to teach simplified and pinyin writing systems.
• Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree desirable, CSET, CBEST, BCLAD or home country certification a plus: (http://www.ctc.ca.gov)
• Proven track record in achieving strong academic results using progressive educational best practices, specifically guided inquiry or project approach
• Contagious enthusiasm and charisma; the ability to engage and inspire students, parents and colleagues
• Creativity, excellent multitasking skills, and ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial start-up environment
• Outstanding verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
• Must have authorization to work in the US
• Must be able to pass a Livescan background check permitting employment in a school / childcare facility

Please apply if you. . .
• Have a commitment to professional development and a growth mindset about learning for all. We believe that everyone can improve and should continually work toward excellence.
• Enjoy contributing to student and community life inside and outside the classroom. PKS is a community and our close relationships build a solid foundation for our kids.
• Work towards social justice and support multicultural education. As a progressive school, we are growing engaged global citizens equipped with empathy, compassion and practices that position them to thrive in a diverse society.
• Possess an ability to integrate theory with practice in designing and implementing appropriate 
learning strategies for each student.
• Love collaboration, iteration, and innovation.
• Are ready to roll up your sleeves and join a team that will do whatever it takes to support students as they learn, grow, and thrive.

To apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] Please state the position of Mandarin Homeroom Teacher 2019-20 in the email subject line.

PKS offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Presidio Knolls School offers equal opportunity to all, is non-discriminatory and encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of background check.
Gillian Wilson
[email protected]

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