Coordinator Announced for Teachers of Color Initiative
Kimberly Scribner named
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Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Scribner as Coordinator of the Teachers of Color Program, Like Me. Having worked in education for over 10 years, she brings a wealth of educational and leadership experience to this position. As coordinator of Like Me, a program developed by the Lourdes University Division of Education, Mrs. Scribner will work to decrease the disparity in teachers of color across our region and the country.

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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 surveys.

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.

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.

DeWine Family Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Gene & Dr. Janet Robinson

O-I Charities Foundation

Waite-Brand Foundation

Signature Bank, N.A.

Mr. & Mrs. Robert C Savage Fund

The Patricia Flaherty (McNerney) Seifried Fund



This project was funded in part by a grant from Greater Toledo Community Foundation.

Lourdes University

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.