As part of the Pilot Light mission to supports teachers to create food-based classroom lessons that support children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to have healthy relationships with food, Pilot Light has developed a cohesive model for classroom food education, incorporating food as a lens for traditional subjects, such as Math, Reading, History, and Science. Pilot Light seeks highly-motivated K-12-grade teachers in Chicago with an interest in implementing Pilot Light food education lessons consistently in their classroom. Fellows will be supported with Pilot Light resources while helping to refine and evaluate food education in classrooms. 


Meet our 2019-2020 Fellows!



** Please note: The format of Fellowship meetings and requirements for the 2020-21 school year may change as schools and communities adjust based on the impact of COVID-19 over the coming months.  Those changes will be communicated through this site and to current applicants via email if they arise.


  • At least 2 years teaching experience
  • Will be teaching in the Chicagoland area (including suburbs) in the 2020-21 school year
  • Interest in using food as a tool to teach in your classroom
  • Interest in Professional Development related to Food Education
  • Ability to travel to monthly professional development in the city of the Chicago
  • At least 2 years of experience writing lesson plans
  • Commitment to engaging in school community and with community partners and parents
  • Commitment to meeting requirements outlined for fellows
  • Administrator approval (download the Recommender Form – required)


  • Attendance at all professional development meetings (See Key Dates below)
  • Delivering Pilot Light food education lessons weekly in classroom
  • Creating 10 Pilot Light food education lessons throughout year
  • Commitment to evaluating the effects of food education in your classroom
  • Commitment to advocacy projects, parent involvement, and establishing community partners
  • Commitment to being a Pilot Light advocate within your school and community


  • Sample Lesson
  • Two professional references
  • Resume
  • Completion of Pilot Light Food Education Leadership Fellowship Application (If you are interested in reviewing the short answer questions ahead of time, please click here.)


Chicago, IL (Your school should be located within the Chicagoland area)


August 2020 – June 2021


  • Application deadline is May 31, 2020
  • Summer Institute: August 10 & 11 (two full weekdays)
  • Monthly Professional Development (evenings):
          • September 16
          • October 21
          • November 6
          • December 9
          • January 20
          • February 17
          • March 10
          • April 14
          • May 12
          • June 9


  • $2500 stipend
  • $1000 in classroom materials
  • Monthly professional development
  • One-on-one coaching and support

Have questions or need additional information? Please contact Katie Colvin, Director of Education, at

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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