Child Protection

Innova Academy is committed to child protection to ensure our students are safe and to protect them from harm. In keeping with the expectation that all staff and volunteers share this commitment, those applying for a position at the Academy must be willing to undergo employment background checks and screening appropriate to the post.

Who We are

Innova Academy has an outstanding team of experienced international educators already in place completing preparations for the opening of the school in August 2019 in temporary facilities and move to its permanent campus in August 2010.

Renowned international school leaders, John McBryde (Founding Director) and Head of School Karen O’Connell (Head of School) have joined forces to establish the school. John and Karen have a long history of working together and are recognized as visionary educators and exceptional school leaders. They are not new faces to Beijing having served as Director and Deputy Director at the outstanding Western Academy of Beijing during its growth and development phase spanning 1998-2010. Karen has also served at the prestigious United World College SEA, Singapore.

They have assembled an exceptional team of teachers, most of whom they have worked with before at WAB and other schools and have been working with them over a two-year pre-operational phase to prepare for the schools opening. The team has worked hard on developing a unique curriculum designed to prepare ‘responsible learners ready for the future’. Each student will be ‘Inspired to Wonder, Challenged to Explore, Supported to Create and Empowered to Connect’.

To achieve this, they have incorporated a strong emphasis on ‘Future Ready Skills’, Technology and approaches such as interdisciplinary and project-based learning and design thinking; and a commitment to service and action, incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The curriculum has been structured around the IB programme framework and incorporates the requirements of the Chinese National Curriculum and has been benchmarked against international standards.

As well as writing curriculum and developing programs and policies, the team has been very active attending a wide range of professional learning events and involved in Community Service activities. They also enjoy keeping connected with kids by helping out classes and events at Innova Early Years Center.

Head of School – Karen O’Connell

Elementary Principal – Amanda Clark

Middle High School Principal – Paul Sebastian

Join Our Outstanding Team

Innova Academy is dedicated to becoming a leading school in Beijing. We are more than a school – we are a learning community that focuses on promoting learning, creating and sharing. Learning inspires us; it captures our hearts and our minds, fueling passion, creativity and innovation.  We work hard and play hard and our school becomes a second home for everyone in our community.

We need teachers who will genuinely buy into our Mission, Values and Spirit and will relate to our culture in a real way. We are looking for teachers with the integrity, quality and potential to thrive in our environment.

As we grow we will continue to search for enthusiastic professionals to join our team who demonstrate strong leadership, dedication and collaboration and bring a diversity to our environment.

What is required

Relevant qualifications and experience and a coherent employment record are required. We are looking for potential as much as proven experience: we do not need every colleague to be an extremely experienced teacher. We need balance in the teaching staff and are particularly keen to appoint diverse, enthusiastic and high potential teachers, people who will learn from the experience of being in a new school and become outstanding practitioners.

Requirements according to Chinese labour regulations:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 2 years or 5 years experience depending on the position

We request a clearance of criminal records and successful background check for all staff working with our students. Please be prepared to submit such documents from your country of origin and/or the country of your current residence, if different.

How to Apply

Teaching vacancies are advertised with SEARCH Associates, Schrole, Teach Away and on our ‘Employment’ page.

We invite all potential teachers and staff to browse our website and learn more about us prior to applying.

Please apply through one of the recruitment agencies or click below on the appropriate link to apply directly.


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