Primary Years Programme Teacher (IB PYP)

Job Code: 3755854

Job Details

Southridge acknowledges that we teach and learn on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Tsawwassen, and Semiahmoo First Nations.

Southridge is an independent day school located in South Surrey, BC, with 680 students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12. We have a tradition of developing well-rounded students with a balance of knowledge and goodness, inspiring students to go out into the world and make a difference.

Southridge is affectionately described as a lighthearted place of serious purpose' and we want you to knowit's true! If you're passionate about working in an energizing environment with colleagues that value building strong relationships, fostering strong minds and good hearts through student-centered teaching and learning, and community all while having fun, we want to hear from you!


We are currently inviting applications for the temporary, full-time (Maternity Leave Coverage) Primary Years Programme Teacher (IB PYP). This position will commence September 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025.


PYP teachers proactively consider and nurture students' cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. They collaboratively design, implement, and assess grade-level teaching and learning across the core subjects, guided by the grade-level BC Curriculum and the philosophy and framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). They value opportunities to interact and build caring relationships with students in and beyond the classroom. They work closely and collaboratively with administrators, coordinators and other school leaders, teachers, non-teaching staff, and families to co-create a positive and inclusive school environment and climate. They embrace and uphold the Southridge vision, mission, and values.


  • Develop respectful and caring relationships with students in and beyond the classroom to nurture their belonging, safety, and connection within the school community.
  • Guide students' cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
  • Support learner variability in the classroom context, including implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Support Plans.
  • Actively implement the IB Approaches to Teaching (ATT), IB Approaches to Learning (ATL), and the IB Learner Profile through inquiry, conceptual understanding, and subject-specific and transdisciplinary teaching and learning.
  • Use standards-based grading and reporting to communicate each student's continuous development of essential skills and core subject learning standards, focusing on providing feedback and feedforward that highlights each student's strengths, areas for improvement, and next steps.
  • Support age-appropriate development of student agency and efficacy.
  • Guide student behaviour choices that align with the Junior School Promise and Southridge values.
  • Use technology to enhance learning and teaching and ensure students understand expectations for mindful, age-appropriate use of technology as a learning tool.
  • Develop and sustain respectful and professional relationships with colleagues through ongoing collaboration, inquiry, dialogue, and reflection.
  • Document curriculum planning and reflection using school-based systems to fully meet IB PYP requirements.
  • Collaborate with a homeroom partner (PYP Specialist teacher) to develop systems, routines, and activities that foster a shared sense of community within a grade-level classroom.
  • Support student supervision in formally scheduled and informal ways.
  • Respectfully engage with parents as partners in their child's developmental journey.
  • Proactively implement IB and school-based policies, particularly those relating to teaching, learning, and student safety.
  • Choose, act, evidence, and reflect on annual Teacher Professional Growth Plan (TPGP) goals that focus on positively impacting teaching, learning, and student success.
  • Engage in mission-aligned and IB professional development opportunities to positively impact student success and advance school-based strategic priorities and IB development plans.
  • Participate in and contribute to IB evaluation cycles, Ministry of Education and Childcare inspections, and CAIS Accreditations.
  • Actively support the House system and K-7 and K-12 student life activities and initiatives.
  • Actively contribute to the Junior School co-curricular programme (2 of 3 terms/year).
  • Attend and participate in core school functions and special events.
  • Maintain up-to-date First Aid Certification and Concussion Training (every three years).
  • Complete annual school-based training modules.
  • Attend to additional duties and responsibilities outlined in the Southridge Faculty Handbook and the Junior School Guidebook.


  • Bachelor of Education; Master of Education is an asset
  • Valid BC Teaching Certificate
  • Experience teaching at the elementary level (Kindergarten-Grade 5)
  • Experience teaching in a school that offers the IB PYP
  • IB PYP training (Category 1, 2 or 3)
  • Proficiency with the Google for Education Suite

The ideal candidate will be aligned with values and mission of Southridge, will want to be an active member of a vibrant school community, and will demonstrate a desire to make a difference in the world. They will be someone who:

  • Is a lifelong learner
  • Has excellent study, critical thinking, and communication skills
  • Is a creative and independent thinker
  • Has a positive attitude
  • Seeks their passion
  • Believes in the value of trust, tolerance, compassion, and respect
  • Understands the sacrifice and reward of community service
  • Has an appreciation of, and a desire for, lifelong physical activity and fitness
  • Commits to personal wellness
  • Appreciates the arts and their contribution to a richer life
  • Can work effectively as part of a team

Southridge offers a competitive salary and pays 4% above the Vancouver School District. In addition, we have a comprehensive benefits package and a generous RRSP matching program,

access to health and wellness activities including generous support for professional learning and development. The salary range for this position is from $69,817 to $113,901. Salary placement is based on years of teaching experience and educational accomplishments. For more details visit our career page.

Southridge School is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion, equity and belonging to support an increasingly diverse community, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. To apply for this position, please visit our 'How to Apply' page for step-by-step instructions on submitting an application through our online system. This posting will remain open until filled.

To learn more about our school, explore our website:

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Posted On
May 23, 2024
Closing Date & Time
June 30, 2024 12:00 AM PST/PDT

Job Type
Full Time, Contract
Job Category
Teachers, Principals & Superintendents
Southridge School
$69,817 to $113,901
Employment Start Date
September 01, 2024
End Date
Mandatory Document
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter