Trellis Mentor Fellows are among the strongest teachers and teacher leaders in California, and have made long-term commitments to supporting new STEM teachers be great.

Trellis Mentor Fellows at Desmos HQ for our November work day, rehearsing mentoring with one another.

Trellis Mentor Fellows at Desmos HQ for our November work day, rehearsing mentoring with one another.

Wanna join us?

We are currently accepting applications for our second cohort of trellis mentor fellows.

Our second cohort of Trellis Mentor Fellows will make a four-year commitment to improving the quality of early clinical experiences for pre-service math and science teachers via longer, more effective, substantial, and symbiotic relationships with exceptional mentors (you!). In return, they will receive training and on-going support for the effective mentoring of pre-service and early-service teachers, myriad professional learning opportunities that allow them to push their practice forward and develop their effectiveness as a teacher leader, increased support from your district to do this important work, and an annual stipend of at least $5,000. Most importantly, they will join a cross-district professional learning community changing the face of STEM teacher education from the inside. 

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What should teachers learn in their first six years? How should they learn it? And how will we know they are on track? Check out our take:



Applications due: February 24 (See below for details)

MARCH 2017
Site visits and Interviews: March 6-13 (Finalists)
Decision notifications: March 24
Fellow commitment due by: March 31 

Other Important Dates:
Fellow welcome event: April 30
3rd Annual Trellis UnConference: May 16
Mandatory All-Fellow working meetings:

  • Kick-Off & Orientation: June 2-3, 2017 OR June 16-17, 2017 (plan to attend one in June)

  • Summer Dive-In #1: 2-3 days TBD, week of July 17 at the Hollyhock Fellowship for High School Teachers Summer Institute at Stanford University

  • Summer Dive-In #2: 2-3 days TBD, week of July 31


Because we believe the most powerful learning experiences always involve collaboration, we encourage you to apply with other teachers from your site. That is, if you and other STEM teachers from your school would like to apply together, you may submit one application for the group. There is no limit to the number of applicants in a group. Group applications, as well as applicants from sites at which current Mentor Fellows teach, will be prioritized in the final selection process.

Prepare to Apply

STEP 1. Make sense of the full application process.


  • Talk to your colleagues. Who's in with you?
  • Talk to your administrator(s) and department chair.
  • Check out the Trellis Vision for Ambitious STEM Teaching, and decide on a practice you think you already enact well.
  • Think about why this opportunity appeals to you.
  • Update your resume/CV.
  • Create a Google Folder labeled with your full name, or if you're applying with colleagues, your site's name, and share it with
  • You're ready to roll!


STEP 2. Submit an application.

Be sure to include:

  • Resume/CV (of each person applying)
  • Personal Statement (of each person applying)
  • Evidence of Enactment of Core Teaching Practice, via lesson plans or video (of each person applying)
  • Letter of support from an administrator (one per application)
  • Letter of support from your department chair(s), if not you (one per application, per department)


STEP 3. Meet with a Trellis mentor Fellow.

If you or your team are asked to continue in the application process, a current mentor fellow will contact you to schedule a site visit.

These visits may include an observation of your teaching and/or a follow-up about one or more components of your application. For group applications, we will meet with each applicant. It’s also an opportunity to ask a current Fellow questions about our work and our organization.

Our Current Mentor Fellows Work In:

San Francisco Unified School District

Berkeley Unified School District

Oakland Unified School District

San Mateo Union High School District

Sonoma Valley Unified School District

Santa Rosa City Schools

Our Current Mentor Fellows Teach At:

  • James Denman Middle School, San Francisco Unified School District

  • Mission High School, San Francisco Unified School District

  • Oakland Technical High School, Oakland Unified School District

  • Oakland Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, Oakland Unified

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Berkeley Unified School District

  • Hillsdale High School, San Mateo Union High School District

  • Adele Harrison Middle School, Sonoma Valley Unified School District

  • Sonoma Valley High School, Sonoma Valley Unified School District