Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students

Interested in being involved with PACES? Learn how you can help us support local students and educators. 



The Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students (PACES) is an incorporated non-profit organization committed to improving Pittsburgh students’ learning environments and experiences. We provide educational programs and resources to local students, support area teachers, and help communities reconnect and build meaningful relationships with their schools. We are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. There is no cost to students or educators to participate in our programs.


Our mission is to enrich students, support teachers, and foster community. We believe to improve local educational opportunities and outcomes these three entities -- students, teachers, community -- must work collaboratively together and we strive to promote and assist such cooperative efforts. 


There are three principles that guide our work:


  • PACES believes supporting teachers and improving community relations with schools is an important step towards enhancing the success rates of Pittsburgh students.

  • PACES asserts education is an important tool for achievement and education assumes a variety of forms based on students’ needs and goals.

  • PACES reasons improving educational opportunities for Pittsburgh is important for the city’s prosperity, vitality, and growth.


Our Board

  • Mary Jayne Edwards, MEd (School Based Behavioral Health Program Therapist, Wesley Spectrum)
  • Emily S. Lilly, MAT (former Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher and founder of PACES)
  • Joshua D. Lilly (Development Associate – Database Specialist, Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh)
  • Andrew Morgan, Esq. (Attorney-at-law)
  • Brian Rose, MAT (Teacher, Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy)
  • Susan M. Schantz (Vice President of Corporate Communications, St. Luke's University Health Network, retired)
  • Joshua Zelesnick (Visiting Lecturer - Department of English, University of Pittsburgh and Community Liaison - Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers)

Former Board Member

  • Julia Finch, PhD (Assistant Professor of Art History, Morehead State University)

Fund for Communications Education

We are pleased to announce the Susan M. Schantz Fund for Communications Education. This fund is a division of PACES and includes financial support earmarked for writing and literacy programs. Learn more about Susan M. Schantz