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Job Opening: Spanish-Language Special Education Teacher

LILA has an opening for a Spanish-Language Special Education Teacher as well as other positions. For a complete list of all up-to-the-minute openings, click here to be taken to LILA's application page. See the list of current openings under "vacancies" (in the box in the upper left corner of the screen).

Spanish-Language Special Education Teacher

This job opening is located at Lakes International Language Academy's Main Campus, 246 11th Ave SE, Forest Lake, MN 55025.

To apply, please go to current openings to fill out an application.

Job Duties:

The special education teacher will work under the direction of the special education director in Lakes International language Academy, a bilingual immersion charter school in Forest Lake, MN. Work involves teaching subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students, including audibly and visually handicapped students. Specific duties include:

  • Will provide differentiated instruction, based on the individual students’ ability levels and unique challenges.
  • Participate in parent and teacher communications.
  • Develop appropriate methods for meeting educational objectives for each child.
  • Evaluate student performance.
  • Provide instruction and direction in both English and Spanish, consistent with the goals and methods of immersion curriculum.

International Travel Information

LILA encourages students to build their language skills and broaden their global mindedness through travel abroad. We have some special opportunities coming up. Watch for follow-up meetings and application/payment due dates. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.

Apply here for International Travel today. Some programs have application deadlines!

Current International Travel Opportunities

Yinchuan, China: A 10-day cultural tour and school exchange with the students who visited LILA for last summer's Camp Dragon. It will include a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base and the Great Wall. See the presentation from the Parent Info Night here.

Madrid, Spain: A two-month exchange with CASVI, an IB World School in Madrid, beginning with Spanish students here for the month of September and LILA students in Spain for the month of October. See the presentation from the Parent Info Night here.

Xela, Guatemala: A service-oriented trip for students interested in medicine or dentistry, through Global Public Service Academies (GPSA), which works in collaboration with professors and students from Duke and Johns Hopkins Universities. See the presentation from the Parent Info Night here.


Celebrate FLake Festival Feb. 20 - 26

Explore all there is to do in the Forest Lake community! Celebrate the season at FLake Festival with a few of these family-friendly activities.
Mon., Feb. 20 Annual Medallion Hunt begins in the city.

Mon., Feb. 20 10:00 a.m. FREE showing of “A Secret Life of Pets” at Lake 5 Theatre

Thurs., Feb. 23, Hardwood Creek Library Pajama Storytime with a winter theme and a snowflake craft

Fri., Feb. 24, FREE day at the YMCA

Sat., Feb. 25, Winter Plunge, downtown Forest Lake and Hardwood Creek Library Block Party, where LEGOS and building blocks are available for young engineers

See the flyer here.

Happy Thanksgiving, LILA!



Pictured above, Nicole Sawyer, 2nd grader from Profe Jessie's class, one of Turkey Bingo's lucky winners!


Recently you've heard about a number of ways to incorporate fundraising into the shopping and activities that you may already be doing this holiday season...unless, of course, you've finished all your holiday shopping, in which case we salute you! Here is a quick summary of all the options from LILA:



This is a gift card program that takes a little effort to set up in the beginning, but is easy to use once you get started. Turn in the family agreement, then sign-up for an account, and register for PrestoPay. Read more about PrestoPay here and its security here. Once approved (expect 2-3 business days), you can instantly buy e-gift cards to many major stores and earn money both for the school AND your individual student. They can use the account to off-set a travel experience through LILA!

Example: A current Scrip user says she loads an e-gift card with her phone from the store parking lot before she starts her shopping. Additionally, 3 times a year you can also order physical gift cards. The current deadline for physical gift cards has been extended to December 2, so you still have time if you'd like to order - just make sure to allow a few days to process your registration.

Read the full description under the Parents tab at, or click here.


Amazon Smile:

Shopping online? Please sign up for Amazon Smile - it's free and it takes just a few seconds. Amazon donates to LILA based on your purchases. Family and friends can set it up too!



While not technically a fundraiser, ordering before January 1 will get you a better price. Use FeePay for this one. Lower School yearbooks cost $21 and Upper School yearbooks are currently at $32. The yearbooks are available at the end of the school year. 


Grandparents Day:

All LILA Grandparents are cordially invited to a free hour-long breakfast hosted by the LILA Foundation on December 8! View the invitation here, and be sure to invite grandparents in person if you see them this weekend! They will get to learn about LILA and their child(ren)'s unique international education. Donations are optional. 


From all of us at LILA, we are truly thankful for you, your faith in our mission, for entrusting us with your child's education, and for your hard work in staying involved.  We wish you a joyful weekend filled with family, friends, and many memories. We'll see your students back this coming Monday!