Canada Shandong Secondary School
Tai’an, Shandong Province, China
Position: Secondary Math Teacher
The Employer: Canada Shandong Secondary School is under the ownership and direction of Canadian-Sino Education Exchange Centre (CSEEC), Mr. John Zhu, CEO. CSEEC is based in Yantai, Shandong Province and has been in operation for 8 years. CSEEC opened its first BC certified school in China in 2008 and now operates 4 schools, all located in Shandong Province. Mr. Zhu has partnered with Rodger Lindstrom in developing schools in which professional environments are nurtured in desirable locations with a good standard of living. Significant features that characterize each school are the high graduation rates of students, and staffs that are appreciated and well supported in their daily activities. Our CSEEC Schools have attained recognition from Canadian Universities for the quality of students graduating from each school. Our schools allow for teachers to teach areas of the curriculum in which they are most comfortable and competent and provide opportunities for movement into leadership positions. “When one succeeds, we all succeed”.
Contact: Mr. Rodger Lindstrom, BC Offshore School Representative, firstname.lastname@example.org, 604-760-7564 (Canada)
Canada Shandong Secondary School (CSSS), located in the city of Tai’an, Shandong Province, China, is presently in its seventh year of operation. The school is housed within the campus of a large Chinese school, Taishan Middle School, which enrols about 3200 grades 10 to 12 students studying the Chinese national curriculum.
CSSS enrolls approximately 150 students in grades 10 to 12 and is a British Columbia curriculum school, certified by the BC Ministry of Education. Four BC certified teachers, a teaching Vice Principal, and a Principal are presently employed at CSSS. The school is well resourced with textbooks and supporting materials to meet the needs of all courses offered. Classrooms are equipped with wifi, Smartboards, computers and projectors. The school contains a BC library and computer labs, and has access to fully equipped science labs, a gym and playing fields.
The school is in session from September to early July. Holiday periods include a National Holiday week in October and a 3-week holiday for Chinese New Year in January/February. The school operates on a 2-semester system. The school day consists of four 75-minute classes, from 7:00 am to 2:45 pm, with a 30-minute morning break and a 2-hour mid-day break.
The Students: Students are Chinese nationals and have studied English as a Second Language from their Primary years. Students are offered ELL classes in addition to the BC Graduation Program. Core courses include English, Social Studies, Math, Sciences, Planning, PE, and Information Technology. Additional elective courses are also offered. Students are focused on their academic goals and have a high level of respect for teachers. The goal of most students is to attend a BC or other Canadian University after graduation.
The Community: Tai’an, with a population of about 1.5 million, is located in the Province of Shandong in eastern China. It is a noted tourist city with a history dating back to ancient times. The proximity of Tai’an to major cities, tourist sites and ocean beaches make it especially desirable as a place to reside. Traditional Chinese open-air markets, ancient temples, vibrant street life, and friendly people help to add to the Tai’an cultural experience.
Tai’an is well situated for adventurers who wish to explore the surrounding mountains. Mount Taishan and the Culaishan National Forest Park are favoured areas for hiking and sightseeing. Mount Taishan, easily assessable from Tai’an, is the most important of China’s five sacred mountains, and has a rich history as the base for Buddhism and Taoism.
The city is within a quick fast-train ride to Beijing, Shanghai, and beaches of the East China Sea. CSSS is centrally located within the city. Local travel is convenient and inexpensive by taxi or bus. Shopping, restaurants, banking and entertainment are readily accessible. For “weekend holidays” five-star hotels within the city have all the conveniences of Western hotels without the expense. Local specialty foods, festivals, and ancient temples are among other attractions in the Tai’an area.
The climate is temperate, with four distinct seasons, and invites visitors to enjoy culture and activities all year round. Family and friends are encouraged to visit our teachers and take advantage of the opportunity to see China from the inside.
Employment Benefits: Salary is dependent upon training, qualifications and experience; contact Rodger Lindstrom for details. Principal and Vice Principal and Teacher salaries compare very well within offshore schools. Motivated teachers are presented with opportunities to move into leadership and administrative positions.
- Annual round trip airfare between home city and Tai’an
- Subsidized furnished apartment-style accommodation near campus
- Basic health/accident insurance
- 7 paid leave days for illness/accident or bereavement
- Fees associated with visa and work permit
- Regularly planned Pro-D activities are extended to staff on a monthly basis
- Small, tight-knit staff within CSSS support and model strategies and methodology for each other
- Opportunities for staffs within the 4 CSEEC schools to visit, socialize, and collaborate professionally
Lifestyle and Other Benefits:
- Low cost of living
- Access to a vibrant and exotic culture; live in a tourist destination city
- Easy travel within China and surrounding areas
- Opportunity to learn a new language
- Teach motivated students who have a high level of respect for teachers and are focused on their academic goals
- Teach with the opportunity to utilize your best instructional practices with highly interested and motivated students.
- Many BC school districts recognize years of experience in China
Why Teachers choose CSSS: CSEEC schools have a reputation for fair, responsive and professional ownership and governance. CSSS is well supported by the leadership team of owner/operator, John Zhu; Offshore School Representativet, Rodger Lindstrom; and the BC Principal and Vice Principal. These stakeholders work together to assure a welcoming and productive teaching environment and they work collaboratively with staff to address personal and professional challenges. CSSS is well served by an English-speaking, Chinese support staff that assures that teachers’ professional needs, as well as general living needs, are met. CSEEC salaries and benefits are competitive and allow among the highest net earnings within BC Offshore Schools.
Application Process: Apply to Mr. Rodger Lindstrom at email@example.com. Include a cover letter, resume, professional references, BCTRB certification (or state certification status), and copy of photo/signature page of passport.
If applicants do not yet have BCTRB certification, the cover letter should include plans and timeline for application for certification. Note that successful applicants will be required to submit a current Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.