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The effort and dedication teachers and leaders give day in and out to their students inspires me. I find myself energized by each ‘ah-ha!’ and ‘but wait…’ moment I am privileged to witness in teachers’ classrooms.
- Dana Coleman
Dana Coleman earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Education degree from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. After graduating, Dana taught middle school math and science as a Teach For America Corps member. She knew immediately that she’d found her calling in education. While the first two years of teaching were anything but easy, Dana could tell early on that the support and development teachers receive has a direct impact on their success in the classroom. She wanted to become a school leader who uplifted and developed teachers to be their absolute best for students.
A few years later, Dana realized that goal by transitioning into an administrative role as a Math Instructional Coach, where she worked with teachers from 5th through 10th grade. One year after moving into school leadership, Dana became a founding school principal. It was in this role that she learned that if school leaders truly want life changing experiences for the students they serve, they must continuously chase excellence while finding joy in the minute by minute moments of a school day. Since then, she has served as both a school principal, and also assistant principal, all while continuing to oversee and coach the math department. Dana is a self-proclaimed math nerd, a lifelong lover of queso, and always has Chapstick within arm’s reach.
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