ANNETTE COLEMAN, Ed.D.
Director, Community-based Social-Emotional Learning, Peoria Public Schools
Occupation: Annette Coleman is director of community-based social-emotional learning at Peoria Public Schools. The former Peoria High School principal is responsible for managing the district’s resources and developing partnerships related to building the self-awareness and interpersonal skills needed for student success. She also oversees the Wraparound Center, a one-stop shop to help students and families meet basic needs, including food, housing, counseling and legal services.
Community Involvement: She is a board member of Girl Scouts of Central Illinois and a member of Peoria’s graduate chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Education: Bachelor of science, education, master of arts, educational administration, Bradley University; Ed.S., superintendent’s endorsement, Western Illinois University; Ed.D., doctorate of educational leadership, Aurora University
Three things she’s passionate about: Education, equity, and community
Three favorite hobbies: Traveling, reading and dining out
Career Influence or Inspiration: Ms. Coleman credits her parents, Bernice Williams and the late Floyd Taylor, her husband, Willie Coleman, and her three children for their encouragement, along with educators and community leaders, Annette Smith, her grade school teacher; Bob Carruthers, her grade school principal; Dan Ruffin Sr., her high school security guard; Pat Jackson, a teacher who mentored her during her early years of teaching; and Carver Community Center staff, including Erma Davis, Percy Baker and JoJo Walker. “My inspiration is to continue their legacy by serving students and families in the Peoria area through my role as an educator in Peoria Public Schools.”
Inspirational Quote: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6
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