Middle & High School Teaching, grades 6 - 12 | Middle & High School Teaching, grades 6-12 | Upper School


Middles School Mandarin Immersion Science Teacher


FTE:  1.0 FTE 


Job Summary:  Teachers bring the concepts of an International Baccalaureate programs to life for their students, as the secondary grades work toward Middle Years and Diploma Program authorization.  Teachers develop curriculum materials using engaging and age-appropriate instructional strategies; infuse international-mindedness into the curriculum on a continual basis; incorporate hands-on learning activities into daily instruction; communicate with parents regarding program goals, classroom activities, homework, school functions and student progress; create a safe and welcoming classroom environment; collaborate with department and grade level advisory teachers, program specialists, teacher mentor, coordinator, director and other staff regarding teacher performance; maintain knowledge of current and emerging trends, procedures and evaluation processes in immersion education; participate in regular planning and staff development activities; participate in professional development for language immersion and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and/or Diploma Program. Some classes will be taught in English. Classes for the cohort of Mandarin immersion continuation students will be taught in Mandarin.  



  • Must have a valid Minnesota teaching license or the ability to earn permission to teach in MN prior to the start of the school year.

  • Must be fluent in English and Mandarin, both oral and written communications.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education or related field.



  • Experience teaching/living abroad is preferred.

  • Teaching experience at the age level of the open position is preferred.

  • Teaching experience in the International Baccalaureate DP and MYP is preferred.

  • Experience with Developmental Design and Responsive Classroom is preferred.

  • Native or near native Mandarin speaker preferred.  



  • Travel: Teachers are provided opportunities to participate in training provided in the Twin Cities, across the U.S., and sometimes internationally in the areas of Language Immersion, International Baccalaureate, and Responsive Classroom.  Occasional travel is required.

  • Work in a diverse culture: Many of our teachers were born in Mandarin and Spanish speaking countries.  Nearly all have traveled extensively, with the large majority having lived in a Mandarin or Spanish speaking country for at least a semester.

  • Social functions: We usually start the school year with an overnight staff retreat in August, and have a January staff party with guests as well.  Each Friday, various staff members offer well-attended gatherings around sports or exercise, including volleyball, football (soccer), kettlebells, or Zumba.  Other social activities abound.

  • Professional Development: Lakes International provides professional development for new staff depending on needs and interest, but always including best practices of teachers in the International Baccalaureate programs and building a safe and inviting classroom climate for learning.

  • Career Track and Advancement: Many leadership positions are available to Lakes International teachers, depending on their interests, efforts, and expertise.

  • Grants to Teachers: The LA Foundation frequently offers “Inquiry 360” grants to teachers to pursue enriching experiences that they can bring back to share in the classroom.  Teachers are encouraged to pursue these experiences abroad.  Inquiry 360 grants are competitive and are awarded in April for use the following summer.


Physical Requirements:

This position requires vocal communication, hearing, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, sitting, pushing, pulling, use of hands to grasp and feel, and vision abilities including close, distance, and adjusting focus.  Lifting/moving required frequently up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 40 pounds or more.  Work occasionally requires exposure to bloodborne pathogens and is generally in a moderately noisy location.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.