Future Teachers Begin Their Journey
Fall semester 2022 welcomed the inaugural Like Me cohort. These aspiring teachers bring enthusiasm and optimism to Lourdes and to the education industry. They are the first of hopefully many who will provide a more diverse teacher population to this region and beyond.
The cohort is led by the program coordinator Angelica Johnson, M.A. A lifelong Toledoan, Ms. Johnson is a respected leader and educator. In addition to her previous work as the interim program manager for Racial Equity and Diversity Training at The University of Toledo, Ms. Johnson served as the program director of their Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program, participated in the 2021-22 United Way Leadership Toledo Program, and is a general member of the Toledo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
To support the students’ educational efforts, they are receiving intensive advising and are mentored by an educator of color in one of four partner school districts – Springfield, Washington Local, Sylvania and Toledo Public. Each student also receives a scholarship as well as a monthly stipend.
“It’s important to provide these talented individuals with the support and tools needed to succeed. They are the future teachers who will inspire the next generation,” emphasizes Ms. Johnson.
Through the continued support of educational, foundation and corporate sponsors, the Division of Education has built a program that can grow and sustain itself while fulfilling its mission and empowering students to gain employment in partner and other school systems.