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New Mandarin immersion public charter school in the San Francisco Bay Area seeks experienced and dynamic teachers to provide a variety of instructional techniques to kindergarten or first grade students. Yu Ming Charter School was unanimously approved by the Alameda County Office (ACOE) Board of Education and will open in Fall 2011 with 100 students in grades K-1. Yu Ming is committed to fostering diversity and developing youth with curiosity, compassion, strong moral character and responsibility to the community and the environment.

Job Responsibilities
The teachers will provide a nurturing and growth-minded climate conducive to organically learning Mandarin Chinese and all standard subjects (e.g. math, science, social studies, life skills):

Create and implement an effective, high-quality, rigorous program that builds bi-literacy skills and multi-cultural appreciation via a variety of instructional techniques
Create a classroom learning environment of respect, exploration and perseverance
Provide for the individual learning needs of all students
Establish a culture for learning that is positive, inclusive and challenging
Develop Chinese immersion curriculum using research-based best practices which also meets CA state standards
Work well with a team of Chinese and English speaking members on planning, professional development, curriculum design, and teaching responsibilities
Communicate with families regarding student progress, ideas and support for learning
Assess and monitor each student’s academic and language proficiency growth using multiple measures, including informal and formal assessments
Utilize student data to inform classroom practice


Native or near-native ability in Mandarin Chinese (including understanding traditional, simplified and pinyin systems) and proficiency in English
Demonstrated commitment to fostering a dynamic and academically rigorous education program
Experience in teaching related to dual-immersion and Mandarin language development
Entrepreneurial passion; the ability to thrive in the excitement and ambiguity of a start-up environment
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Superb interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of students, parents and colleagues
Excellent organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills
Legal authorization to work in the United States and credentialed as K-8 teacher in California

Minimum educational level: Bachelor’s degree. Credentialed to teach elementary in California.

Experience preferred

2+ years professional teaching experience, preferably in immersion or foreign language

Compensation and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package offered for employee and dependents.

To apply: We are presently accepting cover letters and resumes at Cover letters should address the following questions:
1. What is your approach to teaching in an immersion language environment?
2. What excites you most about Yu Ming's ethos?
3. Do you believe that every child can acquire a place to study in a university?
Please limit your answers to no more than ½ page per question. We would also like to receive a video of you teaching, you can either bring this on DVD to the interview or e-mail us a link to one online before your interview.

The position will be open until filled.