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Student-Teacher Placement Requests

Mead School District is dedicated to contributing to the growth of future public school district employees through placing student-teachers in our classrooms. Mentorship of college/university students is considered to be one of the most important experiences in the preparation programs of teachers and other school staff. By working together with post-secondary partners, Mead hopes to nurture and develop the personal growth of future candidates, support the continued professional development of potential public school employees and provide a quality learning experience for the children in our school district.

All college/university students seeking placement within the Mead School District must be enrolled in an approved college/university program with field supervisors provided by the college/university.  The college/university must also have a current contract/agreement on file with the Mead School District for the department that the student is enrolled in, as well as a current Certificate of Insurance.

Application Process & Deadline Dates
Arrangements to place students are made through Human Resources in conjunction with the College and University placement offices. This includes observations, fieldwork hours, practicum assignments, student-teaching assignments, internships, and any other placement within the school district. 

In order to meet the needs of the many Universities/colleges, a placement request must be sent to the Human Resources Department by the following dates:

  • By May 1st for Fall semester/quarter
  • By Nov 1st for Winter quarter & Spring semester/quarter

Requests made after the preferred dates will be dependent on mentor availability.

PLEASE NOTE: New placement requests made during the month of August and the first two weeks of September will not be considered until after September 15th due to the increased workload at the beginning of the school year. 

Oftentimes, students request a specific placement location and/or mentor.  Mead School District will strive to accommodate such requests.  There are, however, times when we may not be able to accept the specific placement request due to events in our district as well as limited numbers of mentor volunteers.

The State of Washington requires that everyone who has contact with students in the school setting be fingerprinted prior to starting their assignment.  

Student teachers and other placements working directly with students will not be allowed in the classroom without proof of current fingerprints.  Requests for placement will not be sent until fingerprinting can be confirmed. All requests (i.e., observations, practicums, student-teaching, or internships) must come through Human Resources.

Link to the Placement Request Form:  2023-24 College Placement Request Survey - Google Forms

Once Human Resources has received the request for placement, every attempt will be made to match up the student with a Mead School District mentor (teacher, school counselor, OT/PT, nurse, etc.).  When the placement has been approved and confirmed, Human Resources will send a confirmation email to the student’s university placement coordinator and copy other pertinent staff (school principal, school office staff, Department Administrator, etc.) In the event the district is unable to provide placement, the university placement coordinator will be notified as soon as possible.

For questions, please contact the Mead School District Placement Coordinator, Kim Kolodrub, at 509-465-6051 or