Like Me: Diversifying the Educator Workforce
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education reported that less
than 20% of the U.S. K-12 teaching workforce are teachers of
color, in comparison to 50% of the student population. In Ohio,
just 5% of the K-12 teaching workforce, are teachers of color.
In summer 2021, Lourdes University established Like Me:
Diversifying the Educator Workforce.
The mission of this program is to attract, prepare and mentor
students of color to obtain employment in partner schools in
order to address the large disparity between students of color
and teachers of color. To date, the University has established
partnerships with Springfield Local, Sylvania, Toledo Public and
Washington Local Schools.
Foundation and Corporate Partners include:
Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Gene & Dr. Janet Robinson
O-I Charities Foundation
Signature Bank, N.A.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert C Savage Fund
The Patricia Flaherty (McNerney) Seifried Fund
Kimberly Scribner, M.Ed.
A highly motivated educator with outstanding communication and
developmental skills, Mrs. Kimberly Scribner has built a strong
record of achieving and exceeding targeted outcomes. She has
served as an educator and leader in the Greater Toledo area for
over 10 years. Her experience in the Greater Toledo and Atlanta
Metropolitan areas range from mathematics educator to Dean.
Mrs. Scribner was a driving force behind the academic and
cultural improvement that occurred during her administration at
Winterfield Venture Academy. Under her leadership, Winterfield
was identified as one of the top K-8 schools in Toledo as
measured by the Ohio Department of Education state report card.
Mrs. Scribner was instrumental in the success of several
initiatives including the implementation of new Middle School
ELA, Math and Science curriculum, and a school-wide
transportation program. As a result, the institution realized
improvement in ELA, Math, and Science Proficiency as measured by
State Test as well as increases in parent and staff satisfaction
Successful in marketing and enrollment efforts, Mrs. Scribner is
excited about the opportunity to share this program with
students of color, and help them begin their education careers.
Mrs. Scribner earned her Bachelors in Education from Lourdes
University, and her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from
Bowling Green State University.