Teacher Fellow (Contractor)

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

About Elemental Excelerator

Elemental is a nonprofit investor in climate technologies with deep community impact. We bring more than a decade of experience across the climate sector, with an active and maturing portfolio of 150+ companies. Elemental fills two gaps fundamental to addressing climate change: funding projects for climate technologies in communities, and embedding equity and access into climate solutions. We invest in transformative technologies to create a system change for a more resilient, equitable future. 

With more than a decade of experience investing across many sectors and stages of climate technology, we have a maturing and active portfolio of 150+ companies, and a robust pipeline of thousands more. We invest deeply in entrepreneurs from traditionally excluded backgrounds and embed equity and access through every aspect of development through implementation. We heavily focus on project deployments that meaningfully bring in community input and deliver community impact. 

We do more than write a check; we find innovative and creative ways to identify and fill financing and support gaps in the market. Our wraparound support includes carbon finance, policy, equity and access coaching, corporate connections, diverse talent acquisition, follow on funding partnerships and beyond.

About the opportunity

Elemental is seeking a passionate self-starter to join its Equity & Access, Career Pathways team as a Climate Champion Teaching Fellow. In this role, you will support a dynamic partnership between Elemental Excelerator and SubjectToClimate (a nonprofit online connector for K-12 educators of all subjects to find credible and engaging materials on climate change at no cost) to establish Climate Curriculum in the Hawaii Education Ecosystem. This role is an opportunity for ten K-12 teachers to develop climate change education to benefit their classrooms and beyond!

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Deliver at least 3 exemplar lessons on the SubjectToClimate lesson portal that align with the strategic goals of the Hawaii’s Department of Education
  • Complete 3 asynchronous virtual teacher training courses:

-Level 0: Understanding Climate Change (4 hours)

-Level 1: Teaching About Climate Change (5 hours)

-Level 2: Creating Lessons About Climate Change (8 hours)

  • Attend 4 synchronous collaborative training workshops and at least 4 office hours
  • Work individually and collaboratively to iterate on lesson plans
  • Attend and present at the Teacher Fellow Virtual Showcase
  • Submit a Program Evaluation and 2 Progress Reports through the 2024-2025 school year

Qualifications (even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications, we still encourage you to apply!)            

Desired skills:

  • Passionate about education’s role in climate action
  • Expertise in writing lesson plans across multiple subjects and grades
  • A desire to share climate education with larger community
  • Familiarity with Nā Hopena A‘o six outcomes
  • Familiarity with Hawaii subject-matter standards

Standout skills:                  

  • Knowledge of climate change topics
  • Strong teaching expertise with a track record of promoting students’ growth
  • Expertise with Hawaii subject-matter standards


This Teacher Fellowship has a total stipend of $3500, paid upon achievement of the following:

#1 - Climate Change Education Modules (May 1 - June 9): $1,000

Paid upon completion of Level 0-1 Climate Education Virtual Training Modules

#2 - Teacher Fellowship (June 10 - July 19): $1,500

Paid upon successful completion of the Summer Fellowship

  • Attend all 4 workshops (scheduled 8-9:30am)
  • Attend at least 4 office hours (asynchronous)
  • Complete Level 2 Virtual Training Module
  • Attend and present at the Teacher Fellow Virtual Showcase
  • Submit a program evaluation

#3 - Lesson Submission to SubjectToClimate Portal (July 1 - September 30): $1,000

Paid upon successful submission of 3 (minimum) Climate Change lessons to the portal by September 30th. This involves async updates via feedback from the StC team.

Other Details

We only will consider educators currently living and working across the Hawaiian Islands. This role will be remote for weekly workshops, but can maintain a relatively flexible schedule outside of the synchronous meeting times.

We will accept and review applications through April. Although all applications will be considered, we may be unable to respond to all inquiries.

Application Steps

  1. First, please fill out the fellowship application on the link.
  2. Next, upon a successful screen, educators will participate in a short phone interview with Elemental.
  3. Following a successful phone interview, educators will submit a sample lesson plan.
  4. Educators who submit high-scoring lesson plans will complete a final interview with SubjectToClimate.

Elemental Excelerator is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Educators of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, especially: Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities; people who have disabilities; people from low-income backgrounds; people who identify as nonbinary; and women. Additionally, You do not need to be a current teacher. Non-formal educators outside of school settings, educators from all subject areas and grade levels are welcome to apply.

Contact Information

Contact: Elemental Excelerator, Elemental Excelerator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 808-237-5050

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