Teacher Leadership

The most effective way to increase student learning is to improve teaching. We are committed to developing teachers through every stage of their career, empowering them as professionals for the benefit of our students.

STEM Fellows

The STEM Teaching Fellows program is an annual cohort of Southeast Tennessee educators from across the region who engage in a year of professional development activities focused on STEM best practices. These teachers become STEM leaders for their schools and districts.  Over the course of the year, members of the cohort receive training and coaching on best practices in problem-based learning, inquiry teaching, cross-curriculum integration and technology integration.

Working with leaders from business IMG_6343and post-secondary education, the fellows develop STEM lessons and projects for immediate implementation in the classroom. Exposure to innovative instructional strategies and classroom tools provides them with resources and ideas for their students and fellow colleagues.


  • Attend the summer workshops on June 24-26
  • Attend 4 full-day workshops during the school year (these are scheduled by the cohort during the June workshop)
  • Complete a job shadow with a regional STEM business during the Fall semester
  • Lead a STEM-focused community project (e.g. Family STEM Night, business partnership event, etc)


  • STEM Fellows receive a stipend to recognize their time and dedication to learning
  • Travel cost assistance is available to our regional STEM Fellows traveling further than 60 miles
  • Access to curricular materials, resources, and supplies
  • Ongoing coaching and support from Innovation Hub and other STEM Fellows


Applications for Cohort 8 are now open!   This program is open to K-12 regional public schools educators of any subject interested in learning more about STEM best practices and preparing their students for the STEM careers of the future.

Please visit the PEF Innovation Hub website to apply.   NOW CLOSED

STEM Fellows is part of the Southeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub and open to Hamilton County and regional partner school systems.

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For more information on STEM Fellows contact:

Cliff Brittingham Instructional Development Coordinator

423.648.4448 • cbrittingham@pefchattanooga.org