Announcing a World-Wide Search for Our Expanding Upper School Faculty
In 2014 veteran educator, inspirational principal, and dynamic leader, Wang Cuijuan, founded Zhongshan International to create a primary school that would inspire passion in young children by being a happy, warm, and motivational place full of singing, laughter, and reading; a school where teachers and students can grow up together; and where students, with their own love of learning, participate eagerly in a mutually cooperative community of knowledgeable and courageous teachers. From her brilliant vision, she created a primary school that, like the strong Chinese cedar tree which serves as the name (Zhongshan) and logo of the school, stands tall and survives against the harshest elements in nature. During the first three short years of the school’s history, the primary school has grown very quickly into a truly remarkable and wonderful place to go to school and from 30 to over 1000 students.
In the fall of 2017, using that same indomitable spirit, Wang Cuijuan assembled a team to design, plan, and build from the ground up an entirely new middle and high school to ensure the brilliant education of the primary students could continue through to graduation. The new $8.5 million USD Middle/Upper School building is nearing completion with the goal of opening in the spring of 2019 complete with an ice arena, rugby pitch, an indoor basketball court, full-sized theater for performing arts, dormitory, and dining hall.
The upper and middle schools enjoyed an excellent soft-launch in the fall of 2018 with a small number of pioneering students. This intentional slow start was designed to accommodate both the physical building construction as well as the educational program. They would start small and build over time just like the primary school. This development plan was selected to allow for the school to evolve properly to meet the expectations of everyone involved with the singular mission. Toward that, the school embarked on a plan to find and recruit unique and dynamic inaugural teachers eager to be a part of this new school. That team worked diligently to build the educational model plan for the middle and upper school. The upper school will run a very unique new curriculum model rooted in systems thinking. More exacting details than that which follow will be supplied to interested candidates. Therefore, we are particularly looking for teachers who are versed in systems thinking or are eager to become so — which will require reading several books and articles and preparing in advance with quite a bit of summer work. The 9th grade curriculum has been designed to ease everyone (pupils and teachers which we call sages) into the systems model by overlaying the linear approach (the current standard world-wide model) with key elements of the systems model.
Initially, candidates should consider the school motto: boundless • fearless • selfless, and imagine a school that holds these three ideas as central and germane to everything we do. Likewise, we intend to establish an educational model that shuns ‘boxes’ meaning the boundaries that prevent the interaction and flow between knowledge and students in all ways.
We intend to offer a secondary education that graduates students capable of being contributors to global society rather than students who are simply prepared for college or university in the traditional liberal arts sense.
To find out if you are a good candidate we would ask all potential applicants to consider the following questions.
Firstly, do you want to be a trailblazer? Do you want to make a mark and be involved with something truly new and innovative? Are you open to a whole new way to do school? We call it a school without boxes. And we mean it as literally and figuratively as we can. And by a box we mean anything that contains things and boundaries which prevent them from mixing together.
Ask yourself these straightforward question and answer honestly: do you want to teach a pre-set curriculum of knowledge, mastery of which will lead to good grades in your class? Do you think that your classroom is your kingdom and students missing your class for other things like field trips or trips abroad or even to talk with other teachers negatively impacts your course and is very rude and disrespectful? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then, with regrets, we would probably suggest that you consider other, more traditional schools.