Northfield Teaching Fellows

The Northfield Teaching Fellows is a “grow your own” program funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. This program is intended to help Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) with a Northfield connection attain their Minnesota teaching license.

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There is a rolling application process. Please complete an application using one of the two versions below. Email the completed application to

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The Northfield Teaching Fellows program is open to applicants who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) attending or planning to attend a Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board-approved (PELSB-approved) teacher preparation program.

Applicants must meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Have graduated from Northfield Public Schools
  • Be a parent of a current Northfield Public Schools student
  • Live within the Northfield Public School district boundaries; and/or
  • Be a current Northfield Public Schools employee

Fellows receive:

  • Tuition assistance of up to $2,500/year
  • One-on-one advising support throughout the program
  • Stipend to assist with other living or college costs ($1,000/year)
  • Connection with a mentor teacher


Email or call Meleah Follen at (612) 220-5302 with any questions about the program.