City Neighbors Foundation Teaching Fellows

The City Neighbors Foundation Teaching Fellows Program is designed for those aspiring to teach in a student-centered, progressive teaching environment.   In this two-year fellowship, aspiring educators will work in our City Neighbors classrooms, receive targeted mentoring and professional development, and have structured opportunities to develop and refine teaching practice in alignment with a progressive, City Neighbors approach to teaching and learning.


  • A deep commitment to and a passion for working with children and families
  • A belief in the vision of the child as creative, capable, powerful, and worthy of the deepest respect
  • A commitment to progressive education practices (including, but not limited to, arts integration, project-based learning, and Reggio Emilia)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Dependability and professionalism
  • Educational coursework or degree in teaching; ideal candidates would either be certified, or planning on obtaining certification within the two-year Fellowship timeframe


  • Participation in targeted monthly Professional Development
  • Participation in ongoing, weekly faculty Professional Development
  • Participation in ongoing embedded coaching and real-time practice
  • Participation in monthly seminars by expert educators


  • Participation in a teaching observation and feedback cycle
  • Meet regularly with lead teacher to plan, reflect, and analyze


  • Regularly planning for and leading small group instruction
  • Leading whole group instruction twice weekly
  • 38 hours per week during the school year
  • Assist lead teacher in implementing daily instruction
  • Serve as substitute in the absence of lead teacher
  • Supervise lunch and recess and support student success in unstructured/social times


  • Fellows will have received significant, in-depth experience in teaching in a progressive education classroom.
  • Teaching Fellows who have also completed a certification program would be eligible to apply for a Post-Fellowship position or a teaching position in our organization.


  • $30,000 per year, (end of August – mid June stipend), benefits not provided


  • Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to Mike Chalupa, Director, at     In your cover letter, please discuss your specific interest in City Neighbors and what you hope to gain through this Fellowship.     Applications due no later than April 15, 2021.