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Faculty Fellows Program

The Faculty Fellows Program gives guidance, training and experience to college graduates that represent minority backgrounds who are considering teaching as a career. Faculty Fellows are not considered interns or student teachers; rather, they are treated as colleagues within their departments as they teach in real-life lower school, middle school or upper school classroom settings under the mentorship of mentor teachers and the director of diversity and belonging.

Program Highlights

Within the scope of the program, the Faculty Fellow team-teaches with a mentor teacher. Over the course of the year, in a scaffold approach, the Faculty Fellow will assume the main teaching responsibilities under the mentor teacher’s guidance. In addition, Fellows attend monthly teaching seminars for professional development and help as an assistant coach and/or sponsor an co-curricular activity each season. Applications for Fellows positions are reviewed for all academic departments. 

The Faculty Fellows program is funded by a grant provided by a Truist Charitable Fund. This is a salaried 12 month position and is provided an option for coverage under the school’s benefits program. For more information, please reach out to Director of Diversity and Belonging Jozi Walker. Click to apply.

2023-24 FINE ARTS FACULTY Fellow: De’Ja McKnabb

De’Ja McKnabb received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in acting from East Carolina University. She has experience with both film and stage acting most recently taught educational theatre in an international setting. In her role as a theatre teaching fellow, Ms. McKnabb will work closely with Director of Theater Claire Hilton in middle and upper school theatre classes as well as all three mainstage musicals. As part of the teaching fellow program, Ms. McKnabb will also play an important role in our diversity and belonging initiatives on campus, specifically Romans 12 and Global Knights.


2022-23 Faculty Fellow: Kai Young

Kai Young ('17) was the inaugural Faculty Fellow. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2021 after playing volleyball for four years with the Hokies. She served as a Faculty Fellow from January-August 2023 and supported the goals of the Diversity and Belonging office. She also supported initiatives in both the athletics and development office, specifically with alumni engagement and creating multimedia content to help strengthen the mission and goals of each department.