Resourceful Doctor of Education with expertise administering professional development workshops for teachers and administrators that drive success within classrooms and school operations. Mentors educators in the creation and implementation of student growth objectives, lesson plans, and student assessment in conjunction with state regulations. Demonstrates high success rates of teachers and administrators improving school and classroom functions, student/parent relationships, and environments that encourage continuous improvement.


2016    Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership Program at Rowan University Glassboro, New Jersey.

Areas of Concentration: Educational Administration, Special Education, Inclusion and Self-Contained classroom instruction, Differentiated Instruction and Pedagogical Practices for Students with Special Needs, Teacher Efficacy, Pre-service Teacher Education Programs, Professional Learning Communities, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Overrepresentation of African American Males in Special Education.

 Dissertation TitleEnhancing Teacher Efficacy and Pedagogical Practices Amongst Special and General Education Teachers

 2005    Master’s Degree, Supervisory Leadership Program - Wilmington University. Wilmington, Delaware.

1999    Bachelor’s Degree, Arts & Science - Rutgers University. Camden, New Jersey


 2018    Principal Certificate – State of New Jersey

2006    Principal Certificate of Eligibility - State of New Jersey.

2003    Teacher of the Handicapped Certificate - State of New Jersey.


 U.S. Wiggins College Preparatory LAB Family School                July 2018-Present

Camden, New Jersey                                                             

Lead Educator

 Responsible for supporting Principal to train, manage, supervise and coach school-based instructional staff with a focus on providing concrete feedback; collecting, analyzing and sharing data to drive and inform instructional decisions; monitoring, supporting and developing staff instructional learning experiences through targeted, results-oriented professional development experiences; maintaining detailed observation records, assessing teacher performance accurately based on evidence collected in alignment with the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching rubric. Works closely with school leaders, teachers, and the Office of School Support to ensure that classroom instruction is rigorous and aligned with the district's vision for student learning and that all instructional staff receive frequent, high quality feedback, coaching and support.

 Division of School Support June 2016-June 2018

Camden City School District

Lead Educator (Supervisor) of Special Services                                 

 Evaluated the progress of in-class resource and self-contained staff, as well as Child Study Team staff in accordance with state and district approved models and procedures. Collected, analyzed, shared and used data to drive and inform decisions to ensure students were in the least restrictive environment. Monitored, supported and developed staff instructional learning experiences through targeted, results-oriented professional development experiences, with a focus on co-teaching strategies and special education best practice. Ensured the CCSD-aligned model curriculum was implemented with fidelity. Worked with Principals and Special Education Teachers to develop, manage and implement school level and individual performance goals.                     


Pogue Educational Consulting                                                        March 2016-Present

Special Education & Community Engagement Consultant

 Train administrators, teachers and other stakeholders involved in educating youth in culturally responsive teaching, special education and related pedagogical techniques to ensure academic success for diverse students. Provide innovative leadership consulting and grant services to help education, health and human services, and other government agencies, and non-profits achieve their performance goals and enhance services to populations in need. Provide on-demand expertise in change management, assessment and analysis, executive leadership development, succession planning, and talent/performance management.

 C. B. Hatch Family School                                                                Nov 2015-June 2016

Camden, New Jersey                                                              

Lead Educator

Responsible for supporting Principal to train, manage, supervise and coach school-based instructional staff with a focus on providing concrete feedback; collecting, analyzing and sharing data to drive and inform instructional decisions; monitored, supported and developed staff instructional learning experiences through targeted, results-oriented professional development experiences; maintained detailed observation records, assessed teacher performance accurately based on evidence collected in alignment with Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching rubric.

 Forest Hill Elementary School,                                                      Feb. 2000-Nov. 2015

Camden, New Jersey                                                                         

Special Education Teacher

 Responsible for the execution and delivery of a high-quality K-8 curriculum to a complex and varying set of students with learning and behavioral disabilities. Coordinated all special education services including: program planning, lesson plan development and implementation, district and state assessments and monitoring, progress reports and report cards. Trained and monitored educational and support staff regarding state and federal regulations, special education mandates, research-based instructional strategies, and compliance issues. Conferred with teaching and administrative staff to develop and implement curriculum designed to meet the needs of students with special needs. This position also included writing Individual Educational Plans (IEP) as well as facilitating all IEP and yearly meetings with parents, social workers, the The Y.A.L.E. School,                                                                       Sept. 1999- Feb. 2000

Cherry Hill, New Jersey                                              

Teacher of the Handicapped

 Facilitated instruction of basic Math, Science, English and History for neurologically and behaviorally challenged males ranging from 13-17 years of age. Daily tasks included the preparation and completion of daily lesson plans, preparation of quarterly report cards, progress reports for primary caretakers, the judiciary and other social service agencies, the development and reinforcement of basic social skills and mentoring. 


Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education                             January 2018 – May 2019                                                      Camden, New Jersey

Guest Lecturer

 The overarching goal of the STEM for Education Scholarship Program (STEM - ESP) at Rutgers University is to recruit, retain, and graduate a community of engineers and physicists who are dedicated to teaching physics, mathematics and engineering in high-needs, K-12 school districts. The STEM for Education Scholarship Program aims to prepare a diverse community of future K-12 educators. 

 Rowan University

Glassboro, New Jersey

Increasing Male Practitioners and Classroom Teachers Mentor          January 2018 - Present

The IMPACT program goal is to increase the representation of males from radically and ethnically diverse backgrounds in teaching and respond to persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men from diverse backgrounds. IMPACT focuses on incoming freshman at Rowan University and provide resources and supports as they persist through their college career. IMPACT participants are high achieving students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community engagement.

Burlington County Community College                                               June 2007 –May 2010

Burlington, New Jersey                                                                    

Adjunct Professor

 Provided an excellent foundation for students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Education by conducting lectures, seminars and testing to evaluate student progress in the Liberal Arts Department.


            Sociology 101                                                      

            Marriage and Counseling

            Freshman Preparati


 Camden City Board of Education                                                 October 2014 – November 2015

Camden, New Jersey

Extended Learning Program 

Teacher in Charge 

 Utilize positive strategies to support the social and emotional development of all the students. Assist and monitor students and staff during program hours. Maintain accurate and up to date student, staff and after school program records. Supervise teachers and provide learning tools for promoting a positive and nurturing learning environment.

 Camden City Board of Education                                                   July 2015 – August 2015

Camden, New Jersey

School Leadership Team

 Making informed instructional decisions that meet the specific needs of teachers and students. Facilitate team discussions about improving instructional practices as well as supporting colleagues to implement instructional strategies effectively. Assist colleagues in advancing their instructional skills by providing resources and feedback. Ensure the maintenance of effective routines for monitoring student progress. Lead discussions about and improvement of grade-level curriculum as well as providing the necessary information, encouragement and support for team development. Ensure grade-level team meeting findings and conclusions are communicated with school leaders.

 Camden City Board of Education                                                   July 2010 – July 2014

Camden, New Jersey                                                                        

Special Olympics Coach

Trained students with intellectual and physical disabilities to compete in a district wide track and field competition amongst their peers.

 Camden City Board of Education                                                   July 2006 – Aug. 2009

Camden, New Jersey                                                                        

Extended School Year Teacher

 Individual education program that was provided by the school district to a student with disabilities beyond the normal school year. This supplemental education program worked in accordance with the students IEP and focused on strengthening the student’s academic skills to prepare them for the next school year.


 Coleman, M. along with Croft, S.; Juergensen, M.; & Pogue, T. D. (2019, April) “For Us This is Not New: Evidencing Black Educational Responses to a Post-Truth Continuum, Pre-Brown” American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

 Coleman, M. (2018, December) “A Place for All: Creating a Welcoming Environment for    Underrepresented Students with Invisible Disabilities in Higher Education” The 2018 Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association of NJ (EOFPANJ) 50th Anniversary Fall Conference. Newark International Hotel and Conference Center, Newark, New Jersey.

 Coleman, M. (2017, April) “Best Practices for Getting Fathers on Board”# Dad Be There.           Presentation at the 3rd Annual New York Fathering Conference. Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York.

 Coleman, M. (2017, March) “Minority Children in Gifted and Talented Education." Presentation at the 26th Annual New Jersey Association for Gifted Children, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ.

 Coleman, M. (2017, February) “Never Giving Up; Breakthrough 2017” Fathers and Families Coalition Of America. Presentation at the 18th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference. Los Angeles, California.

 Coleman, M. (2015, August) “But That’s Just Good Teaching” The Case for Culturally  Relevant Pedagogy” Professional Development Facilitator at Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy. Camden, NJ.

 Coleman, M. (2014, May). Examining the Impact of Best Practices for the Instruction of African American Males with Special Needs. Presentation at the 8th Annual Intergenerational Black Male Development Symposium, Glenside, PA.

 Coleman, M. (2014, March). Examining the Impact of Response to Intervention to Decrease the Amount of Referrals for African American Males in Special Education. Presentation at the 23rd Annual New Jersey Association for Gifted Children, Somerset, NJ.

 Coleman, M. (2014, February). Examining the Impact of a Professional Learning Community for African American Males with Special Needs through Culturally Responsive Teaching. Presentation at the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates Conference, Baton Rouge, LA.

 Coleman, M. (2013, March). Examining the Influence of a Teacher Education Program Focusing on Curriculum Diversity. Presentation at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) Annual Conference, Atlanta GA.


Coleman, M. (2019, September) “You Can’t Teach Who You Don’t Know: Culturally Responsive Teaching Begins with Knowing Our Students” Professional Development for Greenwood Elementary School. Hamilton, NJ.

 Coleman, M. (2018, June) “Let the Chains Go” Family Prison Ministry Promotional Exercises and Faith & Hope Awards. Camden, NJ.

 Coleman, M. (2018, June) “Education Leaders Drive School Success, A Reflection on a Program,” Reception and Information Session for Camden City School District Members, Rowan University, New Jersey.

 Coleman, M. (2016, July) “The Building Blocks of a Queen and King” Keynote Speaker at the Annual Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S) Swing Phi Swing, S.F.I. National Convention and Groove Phi Groove, S.F.I. National Conclave. Charlotte, N.C.

 Coleman, M. (2014, December) Know Your Rights: Implementing Best Practices and Coping Strategies for Incarcerated Juveniles. Keynote Speaker at the First Annual Youth Challenge Program Lecture Series. Fort Dix, NJ.


(Forthcoming) Croft, S.; Pogue, T. D.; Juergensen, M.; & Coleman, M. For us this is not new:  Evidencing Black educational responses to a post-truth continuum pre-Brown.

 Coleman, M. (2014, November). Examining the Impact of a Professional Learning Community for African American Males with Special Needs through Culturally Responsive Teaching. In National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates (Ed.) 2014 National Conference Monograph Series. 


Leadership Council-NJEA Priority School-Annual School Plan Implementation Team (LC-PS-ASP Team). U.S. Wiggins Family School. September 2018-Present

 Leadership Instructional Team / Data Team. U.S. Wiggins Family School. September 2018-Present

Intervention, Resource and Strategy Committee Member U.S. Wiggins Family School. 2018 – Present

 Director of Special Education Parent Advisory Council (S.E.P.A.C.) Camden City School District. 2016 - 2018    

 Superintendent’s Teacher Round Table Discussions Camden City School District. 2014-2015

 Vice President, Character Education Camp Camden, New Jersey. Summer 2014

 Special Education Department Chairperson Forest Hill Elementary School. 2012 – 2013

 School Leadership Committee Member Forest Hill Elementary School. 2012 - 2013


 Faith and Hope Award, Sponsored by St. John Baptist Church, 2019  

 Male Who Makes a Difference Award, Sponsored by The Camden City School District, 2003         

 Outstanding Achievement in Leadership, Sponsored by Rutgers University, 1999

My Research Interests Include:

  • Special Education (Advocacy, Policy, and Best-Practices)
  • Community Engagement and Parental Support
  • Culturally Relevant Education and Evidence Based Practice
  • The Recruitment and Retention of Black Male Special Educators


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