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


Physical Education Teacher 

Position Summary: As a teacher in an IB Candidate school the Physical Education Teacher designs engaging lessons for grade 6 through grade 12 students that develop active learners resulting in an understanding and appreciation of the values of being physically active, making healthy life choices, and pursuing lives of purpose and meaning.

Essential Functions:

  • Infuse internationally minded concepts into the curriculum on a continual basis.
  • Incorporate hands-on learning activities in daily instruction.
  • Create a safe and welcoming classroom environment.
  • Collaborate with other teachers, program specialists, program coordinator, director and other staff regarding program implementation.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and emerging trends, procedures and evaluation processes in physical education.
  • Participate in weekly program planning and staff development activities.
  • Participate in all training programs required for subject area, Developmental Designs, and the International Baccalaureate Programmes.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education or related field.
  • Valid Minnesota Teaching License in applicable to the assignment area and grade level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching/living abroad.
  • Teaching experience at the age level of the open position.
  • Teaching experience in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years or Diploma Programmes.
  • Experience with Responsive Classroom and/or Developmental Designs.

Work environment: Our upper school building, the Headwaters Campus, is approximately 2 miles from the lower school buildings in a growing part of Forest Lake, near the public library, the Sports Center and the YMCA. Opened in September 2014, the Headwaters Campus was custom built for LILA.  A 54,000 square foot addition to the Headwaters Campus was completed in 2020, which included a new auditorium/theater, two-story library, additional classrooms, and a gymnasium that meets MHSL regulations for varsity sports.

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.  

About Lakes International Language Academy
Lakes International Language Academy (LILA) is a PreK-12 public charter school educating over 1200 students.  The school opened in 2004, added grades 7 – 12 in 2015 and 2016. The school is located in Forest Lake, Minnesota, with authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the PYP, MYP, and Diploma Programme.  We offer Spanish and Mandarin language immersion in PreK – 5 and an immersion continuation program in grades 6 – 12, as well as entry points for non-immersion students in a language-rich environment. Teachers are highly involved in developing curriculum and writing materials, as well as decision making at the school. In fact, the school’s board of directors has a teacher majority. We enjoy high teacher retention, and frequently have a waiting list of students who want to enter our program.

Our Mission
LILA prepares tomorrow’s critical thinkers and global citizens through language immersion and inquiry-driven study.

Our Action Statements

  • Think For Myself
  • Think About Others
  • Think Beyond Today

Achievements & Awards:

  • Earned respectable ratings on the MDE’s School Report Card each year of operation, including becoming a Celebration School in December 2015.
  • Recognized for our fiscal responsibility from the MDE, receiving the state Finance Award for the past ten years in a row.
  • Received multiple grants since inception, totaling nearly 1.5 million dollars.

Diversity: 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.

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.

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 or Developmental Designs. Occasional travel is required.

Grants to Teachers: The LILA 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.

Social Functions: We usually start the school year with an all staff gathering 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.

Our staff works hard, and has a lot of fun in the process!