Elementary Teaching, grades K-5 | Elementary Teaching, grades K-5 | Lower School


Job Description: Physical Education Elementary Teacher

FTE:  1.0 FTE 

Job Summary: K – 5 elementary physical education teachers at Lakes International Language Academy (LILA) work to develop, in each pupil, an understanding of the relationship of good body function and exercise; to motivate each pupil to cultivate physical fitness, hygienic habits, and good social and emotional adjustment; to discover and develop talents of pupils in physical achievement; to develop strength, skill, agility, poise, and coordination in individual, dual, and team physical activities and sports, in accordance with each pupil’s ability.  LILA teachers look at each student in a balanced holistic view.  LILA teachers also understand that each child is an individual, and they work tirelessly to meet those needs. They also collaborate continuously with their colleagues to share ideas, plan lessons, and form relationships. Because of LILA’s collaborative culture, teachers typically form close relationships with their colleagues

Essential Functions:   

1. Teaches knowledge and skills in physical fitness, health education, rhythms and dance, and individual, dual, or team sports, utilizing course of study adopted by the Board of Education and other appropriate learning activities.
2. Instructs pupils in citizenship and basic subject matter specified in state law and administrative regulations and procedures of the school district. 

3. Works cooperatively with other physical education teachers in planning a balanced physical education program. 

4. Analyzes, demonstrates, and explains basic skills, knowledge, and strategies of formal sports, games rhythms, and fundamentals of body movement. 

5. Provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil, to the extent feasible. 

6. May teach Physical Education classes for handicapped pupils, interscholastic athletics, or drill team to senior high pupils. 

7. Provides appropriate safety instruction and makes safety checks on equipment and field areas to insure the overall safety of pupils. 

8. Maintains control of storage and use of school-owned property. 

9. Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to provide an orderly, productive environment in the physical education areas. 

10. Evaluates each pupil’s growth in physical skills, knowledge, and contribution in team sports. 

11. Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district, and/or in self-selected professional growth activities. 

12. Participates cooperatively with the appropriate administrator to develop the method by which he/she will be evaluated in conformance with district guidelines. 

13. Selects and requisitions uniforms, equipment, and instructional aids; maintains required inventory records. 

14. Communicates with parents and school counselors on pupil progress. 

15. Identifies pupil needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in helping pupils solve health, attitude, and learning problems. 

16. Supervises pupils in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned work day. 

17. Participates in curriculum and other developmental programs. 

18. Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities. 

19. Performs other duties as many, from time to time be assigned by the supervisor.


  • Candidates must have a valid Minnesota teaching license or the ability to obtain license to teach in MN prior to the start of the school year.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, with major or minor in Physical Education. 


  • Experience teaching/living abroad is preferred.

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

  • Teaching experience in the IB Primary Years Program is preferred.

  • Experience with Responsive Classroom is preferred. 

  • English and Spanish and/or Mandarin Chinese, both oral and written communications 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 or Developmental Designs. 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 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.

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.