I grew up in Chicago and earned my bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at
Champaign-Urbana. After working with children with behavioral and emotional issues in a variety of settings
in Illinois, I moved to California and worked at Eastfield (now Eastfield Ming Quong).
I began teaching in the Saratoga School District in 1987 following completion of the teaching credential
program at Santa Clara University. I've been teaching at Redwood since 2004. Prior to teaching seventh grade,
I taught third and fourth grade and worked in a variety of special assignments supporting teachers throughout
My special interests in education include writing instruction, young adult literature, and gifted education.
Along with teaching Core half time, I serve as a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Lead Teacher for
Redwood and am a member of the District Leadership Team. I recently completed my master's degree in gifted
education at the University of Connecticut, and I am a California GATE certified teacher. Both of my sons
graduated from SUSD schools.
Click on Supply List in the menu to the left to get access to that document. Links to my syllabus and my Back to School Night slideshow (B2SN14.pptx) are at the bottom of the Homework page or the Ms. Coleman's Schedule page.