Khan Academy is hiring a

Khan Lab School Mandarin Teacher (Part Time)

Mountain View, United States


Khan Lab School (KLS) is an independent lab school located in Mountain View, California.  It is a start-up school founded in 2014 with the goal of testing and documenting practices that push thinking around what school could be and what young people are capable of.  Many of the core principles and ideas to be developed and tested in the school are outlined in Salman Khan’s book The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.  

In the fall of 2016, KLS will serve 95 students ages 5-14. Our teachers provide small group or one-on-one mentorship for a self paced, mastery-based curriculum, and co-create applied learning experiences for students. We believe that children should have ownership of their learning and we give children the freedom to make mistakes, fail, iterate, and find satisfaction in the quest for learning itself.

The mission of the school is to develop fully empowered future citizens by pioneering models that put the learner at the center of the education experience.

Our Core Values are:

  • We believe learning is not bound by time or space.
  • We use a variety of tools to create a holistic, real-time view of each child.
  • Feedback from all stakeholders is used to continuously improve on the school model.
  • The entire community is part of our learning environment that we learn from and contribute to.
  • We surround students with the resources and time for them to fully actualize their interests and ambitions.  



The foreign language specialist is responsible for small group foreign language instruction and tutoring. This is a part time position (16 hrs/week or 40%).

  • Shape the Khan Lab Whole School Mandarin Foreign Language program using best practices, based on experience and research
  • Small Group Instruction & Tutoring: Provide individualized and small group instruction in reading, writing and grammar. Adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student:
    • Teach students how to read, write, and understand the foreign language
    • Develop student understanding and appreciation of culture of countries where foreign language is spoken
    • Embed competencies in projects (e.g. cognitive skills and character strengths, global citizenship, creation, purpose and deeper learning competencies)
    • Curate individual learning activities for personalized learning goals (e.g. feedback and goal setting)
  • Create and or implement an interdisciplinary and academically rigorous curriculum
  • Collect and reflect on student data; adjust instruction accordingly
  • Communicate learning targets and outcomes to colleagues, parents, and students on a regular basis
  • Commit to building a community of child-centered educators by mentoring other educators and making regular contributions to be shared publicly, including curriculum, best practices, research findings, etc.
  • Collaborate with researchers, designers, technologists, and other educators to design and refine an innovative model for school education


  • Have at least 5+ years experience teaching Mandarin at the Elementary and Middle School Level
  • Native Speaker in Mandarin - English full professional proficiency (IBT >100)
  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree in Education or equivalent
  • Prior experience with project-based learning activities
  • Prior experience with demonstrated academic results, and incorporating social emotional learning into student experiences
  • Prior experience with or a desire to teach in a setting that values giving up control and allowing students to make mistakes and gain maturity and self-motivation through independence
  • Passion for working with and engaging children in student-driven learning experiences
  • Belief in fostering children’s social emotional capabilities
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and customer service orientation
  • Flexibility. A LOT of flexibility. We are in startup mode, so every aspect of the Lab School is subject to change.
  • Equal parts self-starter and team player
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills



  • Bilingual Mandarin-English
  • A portfolio of project based learning and applied learning lessons across multiple domains in the foreign languages
  • Experience in a multicultural school environment
  • Multilingual and international experience
  • Experience working with elementary through early middle school aged students
  • Prior experience leading curriculum development


  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401(k)
  • Free lunch and snacks
  • Khan Lab School tuition discount



All Khan Lab School employees must undergo criminal background checks and TB risk assessments as mandated by California state law and permitted by New York state law prior to their start dates at Khan Lab School. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that your employment with Khan Lab School would be conditioned on satisfactory background check and completion of the TB risk assessment.



Khan Lab School is able to facilitate transfers for certain types of work visas, we are also planning to offer original visa sponsorship.



To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please submit a cover letter that explains why you would be a great fit for this role along with your resume.