• Students don’t fit us – we build a pathway that fits them.
    -John F. Rhodes

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About Restore Education

Restore Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals, their families, and our community through education. We believe that education should be free, flexible, and available to all who are willing to work hard to achieve their dreams. We offer a continuum of services from basic literacy and high school equivalency, to workforce training and college support, all to restore the potential of at-risk students and put them on a pathway to life-sustaining careers. In all we do, we strive to provide the most effective pathway for each student to achieve their goals and realize their full potential.


Our mission is to restore individuals’ potential for success on their path to college and career through the transformative power of education.


We will lead by designing innovative education solutions to create a stronger community, so that all students will be empowered to achieve the future they deserve.


Postsecondary success is for everyone – Flexible pathways lead to success for each student – Personal transformation is the key to college persistence.

Why shouldn’t a student go forward to college and position their family to benefit from the opportunities that are afforded anyone who is willing to work as hard as they are? Restore Education exists to give students the very best chance on that pathway to achieve their dream.  We believe they deserve partners in the community to open these doors, walk them through, and make sure they don’t walk out until they are in a cap and gown.

-John F. Rhodes, Founder of Restore Education

Our History

In 1997, the founding staff of Restore Education began working with inner-city high school students to create unique pathways to college. Restore Education officially began in 2008 as the educational outreach branch of a local church. Since 2008, we have helped over 9,000 students take steps forward in their education and prepare for college or the workforce.



A seed was planted

In 1997, the founding staff began working with inner-city high school students to create unique pathways to college.


Official Formation

Restore Education opened its doors as a dropout recovery program, next to San Antonio College, through a grant with the Texas Education Agency, to serve youth ages 16-25.


Educational Excellence

Restore Education was ranked in the top 6 performing dropout recovery programs funded by the Texas Education Agency.


Official Nonprofit Status

Restore Education received its 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS


Expansion to Serve Adults of All Ages

In 2014, Restore Education joined the Alamo Consortium for Adult Education and Literacy, led by Education Service Center-Region 20, to serve youth and adults of all ages.


Career Pathways

In 2016, Restore Education expanded its offerings by adding new workforce training programs through the support of the Texas Workforce Commission.


Partnering for Change

Restore Education partners with school districts, colleges, non-profits, businesses, and other agencies to create a network of support to foster student success. Through mutual referrals, on-site instruction, or customized services, we have a wide-network of partners to ensure that at-risk individuals can reach their full potential.

Meet Our Leadership

Our leadership is passionate about empowering students to change their lives through education.

Board of Directors

Ric Jimenez, Board Chair

Dawn Patrice Benitez, Ph.D., Secretary
University of Incarnate Word

Mahlon Long, CPA, Treasurer
Valero Energy Corporation

Hannah Santiago, AICP
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Lydia Castruita
Program Graduate & TAMUSA Student

Tiffany Cox Hernandez, PhD, JD
San Antonio College

Sylvia Nellis, EMBA
Valero Energy Corporation

Chris Nwabueze, J.D.
Chasnoff Mungia Valkenaar Pepping & Stribling, LLP (Chasnoff|Stribling)

Darcie Schipull

Akeem Brown, MS

Alexandra Wood, MBA
Broadway Bank

Missam Merchant, FNP, MBA, RN
University Health

John Vegas, MSOD
Vegas Consulting Group

Justin Hill, JD
Hill Law Firm

Key Staff

Kelli Rhodes, MBA, Co-Founder, President & CEO

Kerri Rhodes, MA, Co-Founder, Director of Student Success

Sharon Klinker, MBA, Controller

Gabriela Tobias, Instruction Manager

Rosa Tapia, EL Civics Program Coordinator

Sergio Rodriguez Vazquez, Intake & Data Coordinator

Janet Ketcham, Outcomes Manager


Help At-Risk Students
Reach Their Potential

Generous volunteers and donors are at the heart of all we do. Your gift of time, financial support, or both, puts at-risk students on a pathway to a life-sustaining career. Please consider partnering with us to ensure that at-risk students who turn to Restore Education will have access to the education they need to reach their full potential. Together, we can create brighter futures for our students, their families, and our community.