Who we are
“Arriving at ASL, it was clear that there is a history of excellence in that resources, plans and procedures help you find your way through the curriculum. However, the School is dynamic and open to change, and new teachers can bring their own knowledge and have an impact on the School from day one. Through it all, high expectations push everyone to do their best.”
New ASL teacher
We have an outstanding faculty that fosters intellectual rigor and independent thinking, and our school is characterized by high standards, collegiality and a strong sense of community. ASL teachers are talented, highly qualified, committed to the intellectual, social and ethical development of students, and are eager to contribute to school life beyond the classroom. ASL values candidates who have experience with students from diverse backgrounds, whose pursuit of professional development is keen and ongoing, and whose academic background and teaching experience are directly relevant to the position.
We value diversity in our faculty and ASL teachers hail from all over the globe. Of our 183 full-time faculty, representing 14 different nationalities, about 70 percent come from the United States and Canada and 13 percent represent at least twelve other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, China, India and several European nations. Additionally, a majority of our faculty has held posts previously in other international schools worldwide.
Although most teachers arrive at ASL only intending to stay two years; many love the experience so much they stay for much longer. The average tenure for an ASL teacher is nine years, but many of our faculty have been here for more than 20.
“I returned to ASL after two years in another international school. I was so excited to be coming back to a school where children are at the heart of every decision made. ASL has a great buzz about it and has a wonderful community feeling. Returning to ASL has the feeling of coming home!”
All of our teachers have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. About 82 percent have a master's degree or higher.
Successful candidates for faculty positions at ASL will demonstrate that they meet the following essential criteria
- A bachelor's degree
- A minimum of three years' full-time teaching experience, preferably in a diverse setting
- Significant recent and on-going commitment to professional development
- Excellent computer skills and integration of technology into the curriculum
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Outstanding collaborative skills and a desire to work in a team-focused environment
- A master's degree
- Recent American curriculum experience
- International school experience
- Familiarity with Understanding by Design and curriculum documentation
- Expertise teaching a broad range of students (gifted, EAL, learning difficulties)
- Interest in and ability to coach and/or sponsor Middle and High school clubs