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  • PYP teachers wanted:

    World Academy of Tirana is a full continuum IB World School, delivering the Primary Years Programme since 2012, and authorized this year to also deliver the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. The school will seek CIS accreditation, and prepare for its first PYP Evaluation visit next autumn.

     

    Enrolment is approaching 300 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and has a teaching faculty of 50 with professional support staff, a full-time psychologist and medical doctor on site. Students hail from 31 countries and the teachers from 11. Albanian, English, French, German and Mandarin are offered, with all students studying at least three languages.

     

    MYP students and teachers participate annually in Week Without Walls expeditions to explore other European cities and all they have to offer. The school's Code of Conduct is based on the IB Learner Profile, with a vibrant House system used to encourage and recognize students who emulate these attributes. The school has a Model United Nations, Destination Imagination, Lego League, Math Olympiad and Debate team, with students attending conferences, competitions and tournaments across Europe. Plans are underway to develop a Choir and Orchestral Ensemble next year to perform and compete.

     

    The school's sports team participates in the TAIS (Tirana Association of International Schools) leagues, fielding girls' and boys' teams at the high school, middle school and primary school levels for football, basketball and volleyball leagues and tournaments. An Athletics Director has been appointed to diversify the physical fitness, personal development, and sports options for our students and teachers.

     

    The school moved to its current 4-storey building in 2015, with a purpose-built Science Laboratory, Design workshop, Permaculture Garden, multi-functional Sports Court, Gymnasium, Visual Arts studio, Dance Studio, Music Studio, two Libraries, Cafeteria and Bistro.

     

    Albania is a candidate member of the European Union, working toward full membership. Cost-of-living is low compared to European and North American countries, allowing teachers to save much of their salary. This small country of 3 million is nestled between the Albanian Alps on its eastern border and Adriatic Sea to the west. The air is clean, water is pure, streets are safe, and sunsets are breathtaking.

     

    Tirana, its cosmopolitan capital city, is a 3-hour drive from Greece, Corfu, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo, with daily direct flights to most European cities from its airport. Shopping, cafes, restaurants and night life can all be found near to where teachers live. A 10-kilometre flagstone pathway for walking and biking leads around the artificial lake, with its spewing fountain, and through the forest. Well-equipped playgrounds and parks can be found throughout the city. Concerts, opera, Italian and Russian art exhibits, and theatre provide a varied cultural backdrop to enjoy. Albania is a country rich in religions, respectful of the multi-plurality of its society and citizens.

     

    WAT is looking to hire IB PYP teachers for 2018-2019 Academic year.

     

    To qualify for the interview the candidate must possess the following:

     

    ·         Graduate of accredited colleges and universities 

    ·         Certification/licensing in Elementary Education or Specific Content in Secondary Education

    ·         At least three years teaching experience

    ·         Completed at least one IB-recognized workshop

    ·         Knowledge of current teaching methodologies, curriculum, state standards, and performance assessments.

    ·         Willingness to work on a grade-level team and collaborate with all staff.

    ·         Possess excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate with parents.

    ·         Assessment Literate and values the use of data to drive Instruction 

    ·         Collaborative and willing to engage in professional learning communities.

    ·         Differentiates and Engages students

    ·         Utilizes effective instructional strategies

    ·         Technologically Proficient

    ·         Culturally Competent

    ·         Current criminal records check from their country-of-residence or country where they have been teaching for the past two years

    ·         three professional referees, one must be their current head of school or principal

    WAT Teaching load is 20-24 periods/week, one co-curricular activity organized one day/week/term, daily supervisory duty either at lunch, outdoors and/or in the library, weekly PYP Collaborative Planning meetings, weekly PLC and in-service training.

     

    The package includes before and after-tax salary, accommodation allowance, annual travel allowance, IB-recognized professional development training as required by the school, airfare at start/end of contract to home-of-record, bus transportation to/from school each day, work and residence visas, and fully funded tuition for one child to attend WAT or subsidized tuition for preschoolers at our partner Montessori school. 

    To apply for the above positions, please send your CV, letter of introduction, photo, and list of three professional referees with current contact information, to Mirlinda Boshnjaku, at hos@wat.al


    Dec/04/2017