The Food Education Fellowship

Please note: Applications for the 2024-25 Fellowship are now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied or shared the opportunity with your network. All applicants will be updated on the status of their application via email in June.

Every year, Pilot Light recruits and accepts a Food Education Fellowship cohort of highly-motivated PreK–12th grade teachers across the country with an interest in implementing Pilot Light Food Education lessons consistently with their students. Accepted Fellows are supported with Pilot Light resources and by staff, peers, and partners and as they refine and evaluate Food Education in their classrooms. 

Meet our 23-24 Fellows!



  • You will be teaching in the United States in the 2024-25 school year
  • You have least 2 years of teaching experience
  • You have an interest in:
    • Using Food Education as a tool to teach in your classroom
    • Monthly, virtual professional development related to Food Education
    • Collaborating and connecting with like-minded peers
    • Engaging in your school community and with students’ families
  • You are committed to meeting requirements outlined for Fellows (see below)
  • You have Administrator approval completed and submitted by May 27, 2024 


  • Attendance at all professional development meetings & summer institute (hosted virtually – see dates below)
  • Delivering Food Education lessons weekly in classrooms
  • Commitment to evaluating the effects of Food Education in your classroom
  • Commitment to student-led food education advocacy 
  • Commitment to collaborating with a partner in your community and/or school
  • Commitment to connecting school food to classroom lessons



United States (Your school should be located within the U.S.A.)


August 2024 – June 2025 

Key Dates – all professional development will be held virtually over Zoom

  • Summer Institute: Thursday, August 15th and Friday, August 16th, 9am-4pm CST 
  • Monthly Virtual Professional Development (All times Central Standard Time (CST))
    • September 11th – 5pm-7pm CST
    • October 9th – 5pm-7pm CST
    • November 13th – 5pm-7pm CST
    • December 11th – 5pm-7pm CST
    • January 15th – 5pm-7pm CST
    • February 12th – 5pm-7pm CST
    • March 12th – 5pm-7pm CST
    • April 9th – 5pm-7pm CST
    • May 21st – 5pm-7:30pm CST
    • June 4th – 5pm-7:30pm CST 


  • Engage in monthly professional development
  • Receive 1:1 support & coaching from staff & peers
  • Cultivate a community partnership and student advocacy project with your students
  • Co-plan a chef demonstration tied to your lessons
  • Compensation: $2,000 stipend + $300 materials

Application Timeline 


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Watch the recording of our live Office Hours with the Pilot Light team and Fellowship alum Deborah Riddle! This is a great opportunity to learn from a teacher firsthand about their Fellowship experience. Please contact Caitlin Arens, Food Education Fellowship Director, at with additional questions.

Food Education Fellowship Office Hours – 5/1/24 from Pilot Light on Vimeo

Pilot Light embraces a philosophy that recognizes, values, and actively seeks diversity among its team. We seek to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, national origin, status as an individual with disability, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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