Secondary Physics Teacher


Kodaikanal International School is a 120-year-old dynamic international school with a rich history of holistic education, offering the IB continuum of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) to our learners. Our beautiful school and community are nestled in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu, South India.

At KIS, we empower our students to navigate through life’s challenges to achieve their true potential. We follow an inquiry-based approach that promotes critical thinking, learner agency and a dedication to serving others. We recognize the importance of a meaningful, relevant and engaging curriculum that connects students to real-world contexts for their learning. We are keenly aware of the need to adapt our teaching and learning model to respond to the needs of our students in a world of fast-paced change.


This position is a full-time role teaching assignment at the High School level within an American curricular framework that is fully integrated with IB Middle Years and Diploma Programs. In addition, the teacher will be responsible for a student group in our Homeroom advisory programme. All members of the KIS professional community are expected to fully support residential life in a boarding environment.

About Kodaikanal International School

KIS Vision Statement: We strive to be a school the world needs: Our graduates will be transformative leaders, caring humans and thoughtful ambassadors for a just, sustainable and peaceful world.

KIS Mission Statement: Kodaikanal International School (KIS) is committed to empowering young people from diverse backgrounds with vision, knowledge, compassion and cross-cultural understanding. We are a community that welcomes everyone and seeks our purpose in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

KIS Values: Accountability, Appreciation, Concern for Others, Consistency, Context, Cooperation, Integrity, Openness, Performance, and Reverence.

We are seeking colleagues who are driven by:

  • a strong belief in KIS’s guiding statements;
  • the IB philosophy;
  • ideas about how to bring these into actualisation;
  • opportunities to contribute to creating a more peaceful world;
  • a focus on trust, relationships and community.

Our learning environment is characterized as:

  • inquiry-based learning;
  • fostering agency in our learners;
  • transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary;
  • service-oriented;
  • diverse, safe and inclusive.

Safeguarding Statement

KIS is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people in our care. We support the rights of the child and will act without hesitation to ensure a child-safe environment. We also support the rights and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers and encourage their active participation in building and maintaining a secure environment for all participants. Teachers at KIS must follow the guidelines of the school’s protective behaviour policies and protocols, including reporting any situation that might constitute a health and/or safety hazard to students or school employees.

Qualifications & Experiences

Required Qualifications:

A teacher of MYP and DP Physics should have:

  • A license or certification for teaching mathematics at the Secondary level (or a relevant equivalent);
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in mathematics or its pedagogy;
  • At least three years of full-time classroom experience teaching Mathematics in an accredited school;
  • International Baccalaureate experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree - Masters, PGCE or equivalent;
  • IB Physics training;
  • Recent and relevant professional development in teaching and learning.

Preferred Experiences:

  • Successful experience teaching MYP Science and/or DP Physics
  • Proven commitment to participate in and establish collaborative structures
  • Experience utilizing data to make informed instructional decisions
  • Experience utilising technology tools to enhance student learning
  • Understand the developmental characteristics, differences in learning styles and intelligences and adapt lesson planning and teaching appropriately

Preferred Skills and Dispositions:

  • Deep understanding of inquiry-based learning
  • Ability to provide differentiated instruction for students with varying levels of ability
  • Proven ability to work successfully in a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, teachers and others
  • Understanding and awareness of the challenges faced by learners in a multicultural environment
  • Dedication to student learning
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Team player with ability to delegate and coordinate work
  • Willing to work creatively with available materials/ resources
  • Able to create and teach interdisciplinary lessons
  • Capacity to support the goals and mission of KIS through his/her personal philosophy.

Reports To: Academic Vice Principal
Coordinates With: MYP / DP Coordinators, departmental leader and colleagues, secondary teachers
Time Period: Initial 2-year contract, potential extensions after initial contract

Application Process:

  1. Download Application Form >> KIS Academic Position Application Form
  2. Fill-in the required information
  3. Use the form below to submit your application along with your resume

Please note that applications that do not include the application form and a resume will not be considered. 



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