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Early Primary PYP Classroom Teacher

(Kaplankaya School – Bodrum, Turkey)

IICS is currently seeking qualified and experienced Early Years teacher (ages 3-5) at the Kaplankaya School (KS).  KS is a new school in the Kaplankaya community near Bodrum. Whereas IICS is facilitating the hiring of the EY teacher, the person fortunate enough to join the community would be a direct hire of KS. The ideal candidate would need to be available on short notice.  Compensation would include food, housing, and a competitive salary.

Position Summary


PYP Classroom Teacher; specific level to be determined, likely Early Years-Grade 2 (max)

Preferred Qualifications

● Minimum Bachelor degree in Primary Teaching

● Two years of teaching experience, preferably in an IB PYP international school

Preferred Experience & Skills

●Knowledge and experience in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program

● Commitment to ongoing professional growth and development

● Willingness to contribute to the wider school community

● Willingness to collaborate with the other members of the Primary school team

Salary & Benefits

Salary and benefits (tax-free) are highly competitive with significant savings potential.

Application Procedures

Please send the following documents to Pinar Demirkan, Director of Human Resources at

● Letter of interest (1 pg.)

● CV or resume

● A list of 3-4 references, including current Head of School and immediate supervisor if not the Head of School


The exciting backdrop of Istanbul adds to the dynamic academic environment created by the professional faculty and staff, engaged and enthusiastic students, and an involved parent body.

In recruiting teachers, IICS seeks teachers who ideally have with overseas experience who are willing to participate actively engaged sponsoring or coaching in extra curricular activities. Faculty candidates experienced in collaborative team planning and measuring student learning against benchmarks are also highly valued. IICS offers the full International Baccalaureate Program of studies – Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Program (DP). Therefore, we prefer teachers with prior IB experience.


Required Qualifications:

      • Native or near English speaker
      • Minimum Bachelor Degree
      • Minimum 2 years of teaching experience and IB, PYP MYP/DP is preferred
      • Valid teaching credential in the teaching area
      • A minimum of two years of full time, current teaching experience in the grade level or subject area of vacancy
      • Ability to integrate current technology into teaching
      • The philosophy that aligns with IB, preferably with IB teaching experience
      • Evidence of recent professional growth activities
      • Overseas teaching experience desirable
      • Commitment to IICS community values and activities

What We Offer

Istanbul International Community School is a non-profit, fully accredited school (CIS/NEASC), authorized for all 3 IB programs. With more than 100 years of academic excellence, IICS offers impressive facilities and a friendly work environment.

IICS offers a highly competitive compensation package, with one of the best savings potential in the region, with dedicated teacher support staff to assist with your housing and logistics. In addition, IICS offers a congenial positive work environment with an engaged student body and collegial collaborative colleagues.

To understand what your your work environment at IICS will be like, see what IICS students had to say about their teachers when asked for impromptu feedback…

Newly hired teachers will be given the option of living in Bahcesehir (also called B-Town), or in downtown Istanbul in an area of the school’s choosing. Each location offers different advantages. For housing testimonials by teachers, please read the New Teacher’s Handbook. The school provides shuttle service between B-Town and the Marmara campus. Overseas hire teachers living downtown who work at Marmara campus are transported to/from school providing they live in areas on the school’s approved bus route.

Child Protection & Safeguarding

IICS is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. All new staff will be subject to enhanced pre-employment clearance, including identity checks, criminal background checks, qualification checks and employment checks.

Professional Development

IICS selects faculty members who are qualified to teach in their area. To keep our teachers updated in the latest in pedagogical research, we offer ongoing professional development both on campus and abroad. Teachers who attend trainings share their knowledge with their colleagues at IICS for the betterment of the whole school. Additionally, IICS faculty provide educational expertise to others by speaking at international workshops or holding inhouse trainings.

Working at IICS

IICS prides itself on its selection of high calibre teachers. The process of recruiting is one of the most important roles that the leadership performs, as the quality of the faculty is directly relational to the quality of the school’s teaching. It’s very important that we have an international – and internationally experienced – staff, both to reflect our mission and to reflect the multicultural population of our students.

The faculty is typically represented by more than 13 nations. Over the past five years, teacher experience has averaged 16 years with more than 55% of teachers holding a master’s degree or higher.

We strive for a healthy balance between the length and breadth of experience of mature teachers and the dynamism and progressive pioneering of newer teachers. Such a mix affords a rich, collegial range to the teaching methods at IICS. The role of the teacher at IICS is very much a person who can help a child’s journey in learning, rather than the dispenser of information. Each student has individual needs, so the teacher is there to focus on those needs, to facilitate the student’s individualized support. Teachers ensure that there is a strong learning environment within the classroom, while also capitalizing on a student’s prior knowledge.

Differentiating instruction in the classroom is important to enable the teacher to meet the needs of individual students. This means getting to know the student properly, understanding their learning style, and catering to their individual needs.