COLEMAN SCHOOL

 
 

COLEMAN SCHOOL

Welcome to Coleman School!
Coleman School is a K-8 school located in the heart of the Raleigh community.

Coleman School is a Title I school.

GRADES

Grades: K-8
School Number: 8050

ADDRESS

3210 Raleigh Millington Road,
Memphis, TN 38128 United States

CONTACT INFO

Phone: 901-567-7068

Enrollment

Students

690

Ethnicity

Hispanic

3%

African-American

94%

Pacific Islanders

0%

Asian-American

1%

Caucasian

2%

Meet Our Team

Steven Ward

Principal

A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Ward began his teaching career in 2007 as a high school biology teacher in the same school district from which he graduated high school. During his three years at Battlefield High School, he increased the passage rate from 90% to 93% on the Virginia Standards of Learning End-of-Course Biology Exam, and created a new curriculum as the Professional Learning Community leader. He then taught middle and upper school science at Wakefield School, a small independent school in rural Virginia, before joining Teach For America in 2012 as a corps member where he taught high school science in Prince George’s County Public Schools. In his second year as a corps member, Mr. Ward had 100% of his biology students pass the High School Assessment exam for Biology, and earned the Edith Tatel Education Award for Excellence in Teaching. He spent his last year as a teacher at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy’s Capitol Hill campus. There, he was named one out of five middle and high school science teachers in North America who were national finalists for the Shell Science Lab Challenge, bringing nearly $10,000 in laboratory resources to the school.
Prior to joining Journey Community Schools, Mr. Ward was the Director of School Culture at what is now City Arts and Prep Public Charter School in Washington, DC. There he focused on behavior management and clearly-defined school-wide procedures which lead to a 20% reduction in the number of behavior incidents and an 8% reduction in the total number of incidents and consequences for the highest stake student populations. Most recently, Mr. Ward was the principal of another JCS school, Hanley Middle School, where he and his team lead the school from a TVAAS Level 1 to a TVAAS Level 5 in one school year.
Mr. Ward is a proud graduate of Virginia State University, where he was a Presidential Scholar. He has completed additional coursework at Georgetown University and earned his Master’s degree in School Administration from Trinity Washington University in 2016. In his free time, Mr. Ward enjoys working out, attending live performances and concerts, traveling, community service through his fraternity, dining out, and spending time with his family.
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Jameka Roberts

Assistant Principal of Instruction

For over 15 years Mrs. Roberts has been a devoted public servant whose passion for investing in children inspires others. Jameka is originally from Oklahoma but has made Memphis her home. Education runs in her family and her passion for education is contagious. Jameka brings experience as both a General Education Pre-K thru 5 and Special Education teacher. No stranger to leadership - Jameka has served as Grade Level Chair, Special Population Chairperson, RTI A/B Coordinator and Pre-School Coordinator. Jameka’s impact on student achievement has been evident.

Mrs. Roberts received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She received a Masters Degree from The University of Memphis in Instruction Curriculum and Leadership, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership from Freed Hardeman University.

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Avis Robinson

Assistant Principal of Instruction for Grades K-2

Avis Robinson is the Assistant Principal of K-2 Instruction at Coleman School. She has worked as a professional educator, coach and education director. Avis holds an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she earned the honor of class valedictorian. She also holds a graduate degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
Avis’s most treasured personal values are integrity, creativity, and excellence. These values guide Avis’s decision making, relationships, and products, and are visible in how she expresses her full self in the work environment. Outside of work, Avis enjoys crafting, watching crime dramas, reading fiction, and most of all, sharing quality time with her tribe.
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Natasha Medford

Assistant Principal of Instruction, 3-8 Math and Science

Natasha Medford, is a Georgia native and an educator of 11 years. She has previously served in the following roles: Science teacher, Optional Schools Coordinator, Professional Learning Coach, and Development Coach of Instruction.
Mrs. Medford received her Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from the Unsinkable Albany State University. She received her Master’s degree in Middle Grades Math and Science from Valdosta State University, and her Administrative Licensure from Christian Brothers University
Mrs. Medford began her teaching career in Hinesville, Georgia where she served as a 7th Grade Life Science teacher. For three consecutive years, she achieved 95% of her students scoring Meets/Exceeds on the Georgia Criterion Reference Competency Test. Upon relocating to the Memphis area, she began teaching for Shelby County Schools. She went on to continue best practices to become a TVAAS Level 5 teacher. She was named the SCS District Teacher of the Year for 5-8 in 2018.
In her free time, Mrs. Medford enjoys reading, working out, community service through her sorority, and spending time with her husband and children.
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Principal’s Message

Dear Families and Friends:

Welcome to Coleman School’s landing page! Our goal is to provide Coleman families with multiple ways to stay informed and involved in their child’s education. Please make sure you visit our virtual home here on the web often to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in our school community. We want our school’s web page to be your source of information on all the happenings of Coleman School. In addition to our website, you may also find our presence on our Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter. 

As the demands and complexities of educating children increase, it becomes even more apparent that we need to work together to ensure that our children reach their full potential. All of us–the school and the community–must hold our students to the highest expectations, both academically and behaviorally, and then support them as they reach that bar. We believe that in an extended family environment–after all, it does take a village–the success of our students is certain, and that as we empower children with the creative, intellectual, and choice-making skills they will blossom academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.

With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at Coleman School. Whether you’re a member of our Coleman School Parent-Teacher-Student Association, a classroom mother or father, or supporter of our sports program, you are encouraged to be an involved member of our community. Research on schools demonstrates that parent participation in their child’s school coincides with greater likelihood of academic success for their child.

If you have questions or concerns that arise at any time, please do not hesitate to give your child’s teacher or me a call. I look forward to having a long and rewarding relationship with you and your family as we fulfill our mission of Paving Pathways to Success for our students in Raleigh.

For our scholars,

Steven A. Ward
Principal, Coleman School

Key Dates

First Day: August 9, 2021
Fall Break: October 11-15, 2021
Thanksgiving Break: November 22-26, 2021
Winter Break: December 21, 2020 – January 2, 2022
Spring Break: March 14 - March 18, 2022
Last Day: May 27, 2022