Toledo Public Schools, Lourdes preparing tomorrow’s teachers


Toledo Public Schools (TPS) and Lourdes University are pleased to announce the new Lourdes Teaching Proud and Strong Partnership scheduled to begin in the 2017-2018 school year. The new partnership is open to rising juniors and seniors at Bowsher, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite and Woodward high schools who are participants of the TPS Teacher Education Exploration Program.

Lourdes Education faculty (from left): Michael Heinze who will teach TPS students as they earn Lourdes University college credit; Carolyn Jaksetic, Director of Graduate Education and Professional Development; Alina Rodriguez, Director of the Early Childhood Education program; Sister Rebecca LaPoint, OSF, Teacher Licensure Officer; and Sister Valerie Grondin, OSF, Director of the Adolescence to Young Adult Education Program.

TPS participants can earn college credit from Lourdes University as they learn firsthand what it is like to be a teacher. Additionally, their course work while in high school includes field experiences at local TPS elementary schools. Mr. Michael Heinze, a Waite High School teacher, will serve as the Lourdes University Adjunct Instructor with classes initially offered at Waite.

Students who become a licensed teacher in the State of Ohio and who successfully complete their degree at Lourdes University will receive priority-hiring status from TPS and a potential signing bonus.

For more information about the program, call 419-885-5291 or email

Lourdes University students wearing Toledo Public Schools gear during the celebration announcing the new partnership. More than 50 TPS students enrolled in the Teacher Education Exploration Program received a campus tour and enjoyed a delicious meal in the dining hall.