Who we are

Partners in Education

We are a nonprofit organization which develops and fosters partnerships between area schools and northwest Ohio businesses, government agencies, organizations and churches. Funded by contributions from businesses, individuals and the community, we leverage our most important investment — the education of our children.

Our Financials

Partners in Education is dedicated to providing our students, schools and partners with the best programs and services available and in the most efficient and economical way. Take a look below to see our ratings on charity monitoring sites or click below for a copy of our recent tax forms.

Our Team

Our Staff

Brooke Schlageter

Chief Executive Officer - Executive Director

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Reed K. Steele

Director of Career Readiness & College & Career, Ready.Set.Go

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Sharonda Diggins

Director of Tutoring Programs

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Jessica Ray

AmeriCorps Program Manager/Afterschool Alliance Manager

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For additional contacts, please call 419-242-212

Our Board

Andrew C. Spahr

The Andersons, Inc.

Andrew Fisher

Sisters of St. Mary

Nicole Susdorf

Leadership Toledo

Luann Alleman

Retired Educator

Linda Meyers

Transformational Leader of K-12 ,Toledo Public Schools

Kevin Mullan

Kevin Mullan Consulting

Charles Stocking

Principle Business Enterprises, Inc.

Margaret Lockhart


Wendi Huntley

Connecting Kids to Meals

Kathy Wersell

Retiree Local 250R - Toledo Federation of Teachers

Thomas Dimitrew

Senior Director, Career Technology Education, Toledo Public Schools

Eric Groswiler

IBEW Local #8

Romont Johnson

Principle Business Enterprises, Inc.

Our Story

Raising the Bar for Student Success


Partners in Education is a non-profit organization that develops programming for area K-12 schools and fosters partnerships with schools by engaging businesses, higher education institutions, nonprofit agencies and communities of faith in service to students. Funded by contributions from businesses, individuals and funding partners, we leverage our most important investment – the educational and personal success of our children.


  • Partners in Education (PIE) engages the whole community in increasing the supports available to students in-school and out-of-school.
  • PIE is an innovator of and incubator for new program models that improve pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade student academic achievement and personal well-being.
  • PIE is Northwest Ohio’s liaison between businesses, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations and pre-K-12 schools.
  • PIE serves parents and caregivers by connecting them with outstanding adult learning opportunities and resources.
  • PIE serves nonprofit organizations with consulting, professional development and networking opportunities to ensure Northwest Ohio children have the best in-school enrichment and out-of-school time opportunities.
  • PIE encourages volunteerism in K-12 schools by providing background checks, volunteer training and other resources.

We currently facilitate a number of programs and initiatives including TOPSS (Toledo Partners for Student Success, an AmeriCorps Project), Mentors in Toledo Schools (early literacy mentoring tutoring), College & Career Ready, Set, Go! (career readiness and career mentoring for youth), the Afterschool Alliance (nonprofit capacity building) and we collaborate on Summer Meal Partners, and TutorSmart (after school literacy and math tutoring). All of our partnership activities are focused on programming that makes a measurable impact on students’ long-term success.


Partners in Education of Toledo was founded in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Toledo, with support from the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, area banks and corporations. The first several years of Partners in Education were focused on connecting area businesses with schools to “adopt” for support and volunteering. As district and school funding and volunteer needs have changed, so has our business model. Through the years, Partners in Education’s partnerships with Toledo Public Schools and The Catholic Diocese of Greater Toledo’s schools have flourished. Our organization has now become an incubator of new program models that serve immediate needs in our local schools. It began with our career-readiness programming that taught parents and family members to mentor their students toward success. The program features career guest speakers, field trips to colleges and businesses and a curriculum focused on preparation for success in school and career. PIE also provided high-quality volunteer training programs for business people and faith partners seeking to volunteer in area schools.

Fast forward to 2012 and PIE began a professional development and technical assistance support network called the Afterschool Alliance (ASA). PIE leads the group and helps train some 325 afterschool programs in best practice standards set by Ohio Afterschool Network and Ohio Department of Education. In 2013, PIE developed Partners With Purpose, a successful training module for afterschool programs working specifically with Toledo Public Schools (TPS). After a two-year incubation period, Partners with Purpose was permanently adopted by TPS. In 2015, Partners in Education helped TPS launch Parent University. After a four-year incubation period, that program is transitioning to TPS. In 2016, we added a volunteer training program and data collection system to improve volunteerism in the school system. PIE also offers background check services for area nonprofits and school districts, seeking a fast, efficient way to onboard volunteers. And in 2021, we added an AmeriCorps Initiative to benefit PIE and area agencies working in tutoring and career readiness with us.

We celebrate all things pie-related with our new annual For the Love of Pie event. Local bakers compete for awards for the best pie at this community networking opportunity and fundraiser.

Partners in Education is always seeking ways to help area schools. Please contact us if you would like to bring one of our programs to your school, community center or agency. And let us know if we could develop and incubate a model program for you. If you are a business wanting to bring a program into schools, please contact us as well. We would love to work with businesses and other nonprofit organizations on partnership grant opportunities. After all, Partners is our first name. Just give us a call at 419-242-2122.

Our Donors and Sponsors

Special Thanks to our major donors and partnering sponsors

Partners In Education (PIE), as our name suggests, is all about creating partnership.

What do we mean by partnership?

PIE works as a liaison among businesses, communities of faith, service and nonprofit organizations and parents that want to get more involved in Kindergarten through 12th grade schools in the Toledo area.

PIE can help you connect to schools in a number of meaningful ways to interact with students and provide critical resources that ensure students’ academic success, mental and physical health and well-being.

Partners can take the form of time, talent and treasure and include:

  • Serving as mentors and tutors in Toledo area schools
  • Serving as volunteers in a number of capacities from building projects to classroom & building aides to helping with arrival & dismissal.
  • Providing needed resources such as school supplies, books, and equipment
  • Providing food and awards for special events or rewards for students achieving goals
  • Providing afterschool programs
  • Serving as afterschool volunteers with a number of nonprofit school-based programs
  • Serving as motivational and informational speakers for students and parents

Some of our partners and sponsors are listed below:

  • The Andersons
  • AT& T
  • Auto Dealers United for Kids
  • The Blade
  • BNI
  • Catholic Diocese of Greater Toledo
  • Cedar Creek Church
  • Dollar General Foundation
  • First Book
  • First Energy Foundation
  • FCA Foundation
  • Greater Toledo Community Foundation
  • IBEW Local #8
  • KeyBank
  • Lourdes University
  • Lucas County Job and Family Services
  • The Makulinski Family Foundation
  • Marathon Classic Foundation
  • Mercy College
  • Northwest State Community College
  • Seneca Fund at the Greater Toledo Community Foundation
  • John and Michelle Hills Fund at the Greater Toledo Community Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. Darrell F. Fox Fund of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation
  • Findley Davies and the James B. Findley Fund of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation
  • Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation
  • Owens Corning
  • Owens-Illinois
  • Principal Business Enterprises Foundation
  • ProMedica
  • Rouen Automotive
  • Rotary Club of Toledo Foundation
  • Taylor Automotive Family
  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Toledo Public Schools
  • Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Toledo
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Washington Local Schools
  • WingStop Charities

Our Programs & Services

Afterschool Alliance of NW Ohio

The Afterschool Alliance of NW Ohio, a division of Partners in Education, is the NW Regional Hub of the Ohio Afterschool Network and the leader in supporting afterschool, extended day and summer learning program quality standards.

CCRSG Guest Speakers

Hello Students and Welcome to College & Career Ready, Set, Go Career Speakers Online. We have interviewed career speakers and mentors based on careers in career clusters you told us that you were interested in learning more about. Thank you to Michael Smith, Dr. Allison Ellithorpe, Lionel Brock, Tyler Rahe, Jared Bendis, Wendi Huntley, Kerry […]

CCRSG Online

Welcome to the College and Career Ready, Set, Go program online. Family Night Events in Case You Missed Them: This year we hosted a number of virtual family nights, just click on the video to view them. Funding Your Student’s Future in partnership with area scholarship experts. This video features several different speakers who are […]

College & Career…Ready, Set, Go!

This program (formally known as College & Career Coach) was developed to improve middle school student’s knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy and habits that contribute to higher education and employment. The program currently utilizes Classroom Career Coaches and parent/caregiver coaches to encourage and support 5th through 8th graders in their quest for fulfilling and successful careers.

Incubating Programs in K-12 Schools

If you are interested in bringing one of our current programs or an innovative new program to your school, please let us know. We can work with you to connect our programming to your school building or nonprofit or we can collaborate on a new program you have been hoping to try. We can also join forces on funding opportunities to bring the most promising new programs and strategies into your Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 school or nonprofit organization.

Mentors in Toledo Schools

Mentors in Toledo Schools has a history rooted in the Ohio Reads program. When that program ended, Jay Mirrow of Temple Congregation Shomer Emunim, asked the principal of Toledo Public School’s McKinley Elementary if he might revive the program at his school with a group of volunteers from the Temple and a group of Kindergarten through third grade students needing help with reading. The principal agreed and Mentors in Toledo Schools was born.

Nonprofit Education Resources

Nonprofit and Informal Educator Resources  This page is dedicated to providing helpful links for nonprofit organizations that offer educational programs to K-12 students. This site is focused on helping informal educators by providing resources that assist you with academics, social emotional development and college & career readiness for your K-12 programs. Helpful Links  College and […]

Parent Engagement

Partners in Education partners with school districts to improve their parent engagement. We can develop and facilitate parent events at your school, help you with marketing and reaching more parents and increase not only involvement but true engagement through parent volunteerism and active parent organizations.

Parent Resources

Parent Resources STUDENT SUCCESS  Early Literacy Programs YWCA Child Outreach Resource and Referral – (800) 632-3052 www.ywcanwo.org Ready to Read – 419-259-5253, http://www.toledolibrary.org/readytoread or email [email protected] Children’s Books by Ohio WritersThe Ohioana Library Association’s awards committees have been hard at work screening books that are eligible for the 2020 Ohioana Awards. Here are a few worthy contenders […]

Success Mentors Afterschool

Community members not only serve as mentors in the program but also as models of success to increase the students’ beliefs in a positive future. Mentors commit to long-term relationships with students to nurture trust and help guide students through different processes for problem solving and decision making in a variety of areas in students’ lives. Family members as mentors reinforce that students are loved, valued and capable of having strong character.