The Food Education Fellowship

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, by staff, peers, and partners and will help to 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


  • Two professional references
  • Updated resume
  • Completion of Pilot Light Food Education Fellowship Application by May 27, 2024
  • Completion of Administrator Recommendation Form by May 27nd, 2024


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 (evenings from 5-7pm CST)
    • September 11th
    • October 9th
    • November 13th
    • December 11th 
    • January 15th 
    • February 12th 
    • March 12th 
    • April 9th 
    • May 14th 
    • June 4th 


  • 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

Click here to apply!

Application Timeline 

Have questions or need additional information? Check out our FAQs. Please contact Caitlin Arens, Food Education Fellowship Director, at for additional questions!

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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