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Partnership with Baishan School

Annie Wright Schools have partnered with the Baishan School to offer our unique program to high school boys and girls in Qingdao, China. Baishan AWS launched in the fall of 2019 with Grades 9 and 10, adding Grades 11 & 12 in 2020 and 2021, with an eventual enrollment of 160-180 students.

The Partnership

Annie Wright Schools, established in 1884, and Baishan School, the oldest private school in China's Shandong province, have had a close relationship for more than two decades, since an exchange program began in 1996. The philosophical and educational match between the two schools inspired this exciting partnership. In addition to offering parallel curricula, the schools look forward to continuing exchange opportunities and furthering our mission to prepare students for a global society.

THE CURRICULUM

The Grade 9 curriculum will blend English and Chinese, allowing students to prepare for the Zhongkao exam, while simultaneously preparing them for Grades 10-12 in an English-only immersion environment. Baishan AWS plans to offer the same International Baccalaureate Diploma Program curriculum for Grades 11-12 as Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma. The program will also include college counseling to prepare students for matriculation into United States universities.

TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES

Prior to attending Baishan AWS, students will have the opportunity to spend three weeks at Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma. This trip will expose them to the school, the Pacific Northwest and American culture, and will offer intensive English in an immersive environment.  Between Grades 11 and 12 students will have a mandatory trip to Tacoma which will focus on preparing students for college testing and will feature a trip to west coast colleges and universities.

About Qingdao

Qingdao is a port city on the west coast of the Yellow Sea, facing the Korean peninsula, with a population of around 9 million. Named China's most livable city by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it is roughly equidistant between Beijing and Shanghai. Like Tacoma, Qingdao enjoys stunning natural beauty, surrounded by mountains and overlooking the ocean.

Qingdao-Based Faculty Positions

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  • Science Teacher

    Baishan Annie Wright Schools (Baishan AWS) is seeking a Science Teacher for Grades 9–12 who can teach Biology and General Science for the 2021–2022 school year, starting August 21, 2021. 

    School Overview
    Located in Qingdao, China, Baishan AWS is a co-educational 5-day boarding school, and natural response to a decades-long partnership and exchanges between Annie Wright Schools and Qingdao Baishan School. Opening with Grades 9 and 10 in 2019, adding Grade 11 in 2020, and Grade 12 in 2021, the program affords students in China opportunities to earn an AWS diploma and greater access to Western universities. Baishan AWS offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses until the school completes the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) accreditation process.

    Much like Tacoma, Qingdao is a port city with beautiful mountains and sailing. Voted as one of the most expat-friendly cities, Qingdao offers many of the same shopping and services as western cities.  

    Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.

    Position Overview: duties & responsibilities
    Baishan Annie Wright Schools seeks an inspiring high school Science teacher with abilities to develop a passion for the subjects with students. The teacher should be able to teach Biology to seniors and General Science to Grade 9. Teachers with AP and IB experience will be considered first.  
    • design and implement appropriate lesson
    • aid students in their daily tasks, online or in person as needed, to help ensure their understanding of subject matter and use of materials
    • maintain a professional attitude in all manner of conduct with students, faculty, and parents, including a commitment to confidentiality

    Qualifications
    • holds a teaching certificate
    • at least 2 years teaching experience;
    • has experience working with Grades 9–12
    • clear criminal records and ability to work in China
    • available from 7:30 am–4:30 pm

    Compensation & benefits

    Compensation: 
    • $37,240 – $55,404 commensurate with experience and degree
    Benefits:
    • considerable savings opportunities
    • assistance from experienced Human Resources with securing Chinese Z-Visa for families
    • generous housing allowance is provided to staff as part of the contract
    • overseas staff receive annual flights to home of record
    • after the second year of employment, overseas staff receive an annual bonus that increases in value each year
    • professional development allowance
    • a moving allowance is provided either at the beginning or end of the contract
    • daily transportation to school/home
    • overseas staff have International Medical Insurance with Aetna 

    Application process

    Baishan Annie Wright Schools remains firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Baishan AWS shall hire, promote, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Baishan AWS is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

    To apply, email a cover letter, resume or CV, and email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, all in PDF format, to Mr. Lorne Brandt, Program Director, at lbrandt@baishanaws.cn. Applications for this position will be accepted until August 1, 2021.
  • Social Studies Teacher

    Baishan Annie Wright Schools (Baishan AWS) is seeking a Social Studies Teacher for Grades 9–12 for the 2021–2022 school year, starting August 21, 2021. 

    School Overview
    Located in Qingdao, China, Baishan AWS is a co-educational 5-day boarding school, and natural response to a decades-long partnership and exchanges between Annie Wright Schools and Qingdao Baishan School. Opening with Grades 9 and 10 in 2019, adding Grade 11 in 2020, and Grade 12 in 2021, the program affords students in China opportunities to earn an AWS diploma and greater access to Western universities. Baishan AWS offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses until the school completes the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) accreditation process.

    Much like Tacoma, Qingdao is a port city with beautiful mountains and sailing. Voted as one of the most expat-friendly cities, Qingdao offers many of the same shopping and services as western cities.  

    Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.

    Position Overview: duties & responsibilities
    Baishan Annie Wright Schools seeks an inspiring high school Social Studies teacher with abilities to develop a passion for the subjects with students. The teacher should be able to teach World Geography, World History, and either AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, or AP Environmental Science. Teachers with AP and IB experience will be considered first.  
    • design and implement appropriate lesson
    • aid students in their daily tasks, online or in person as needed, to help ensure their understanding of subject matter and use of materials
    • maintain a professional attitude in all manner of conduct with students, faculty, and parents, including a commitment to confidentiality
    Qualifications
    • holds a teaching certificate
    • at least two years teaching experience
    • has experience working with Grades 9–12
    • clear criminal records and ability to work in China
    • available from 7:30 am–4:30 pm
    Compensation & benefits

    Compensation:
    • $37,240 – $55,404
    Benefits:
    Benefits:
    • considerable savings opportunities
    • assistance from experienced Human Resources with securing Chinese Z-Visa for families
    • generous housing allowance is provided to staff as part of the contract
    • overseas staff receive annual flights to home of record
    • after the second year of employment, overseas staff receive an annual bonus that increases in value each year
    • professional development allowance
    • a moving allowance is provided either at the beginning or end of the contract
    • daily transportation to school/home
    • overseas staff have International Medical Insurance with Aetna

    Application process
    Baishan Annie Wright Schools remains firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Baishan AWS shall hire, promote, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Baishan AWS is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

    To apply, email a cover letter, resume or CV, and email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, all in PDF format, to Mr. Lorne Brandt, Program Director, at lbrandt@baishanaws.cn. Applications for this position will be accepted until August 1, 2021.
Learn more about this exciting program by emailing Lorne Brandt.
Lorne Brandt, Baishan AWS Program Director, began his education career in 2000 after graduating with a teaching certificate from Winthrop University. His first eight years were spent teaching Advanced Placement visual arts and coaching boys varsity soccer for a large public school near Charlotte, North Carolina. During these years he became chair of the Fine Arts department.

In 2009, Mr. Brandt became certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and then earned a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction in 2012. Seeking international teaching opportunities, he joined an international school in Qingdao, China, to establish the International General Certificate of Secondary Education Arts program and implement the school’s new information system.

Mr. Brandt returned to the U.S. in 2017 and married his wife, whom he met in Qingdao. He worked at a reputable school system in the fastest growing county in America. He returned to China in 2017 to establish a high school art program at an international school in Chengdu and was  named Head of Faculty for the Expressive Arts and P.E., and chaired the Standards Committee.

Lorne and his wife are residents of the beloved city of Qingdao, China, where they are close to family and intend to stay. They both enjoy exercising, hiking and traveling. Mr. Brandt is a practicing artist, producing oil paintings and pastel drawings that often illustrate traditional Chinese architecture. He is passionate about international education and continues to teach International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students.

Contact

Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2216

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.