Carmen Coleman is currently the Founding Principal at Power Center Academy Elementary (Gestalt Community Schools Charter Network).
Carmen has earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Master of Leadership from Christian Brothers University. Carmen’s journey in education began in 2001 at Snowden School in Memphis. Eleven years of her career were committed to teaching fourth grade math, coaching competitive middle school cheerleading, leading school improvement teams, and serving on the leadership council. Carmen also worked as a teacher coach and content facilitator with The New Teacher Project.
Carmen later accepted the challenge to foster academic and social equity in a turnaround school as Founding Dean of Scholars at Frayser Achievement Elementary. Throughout the year, Carmen led the staff on cultural norming, positive interventions and incentives, and implementing alternatives to suspensions leading to increases in instructional time.
In 2014, Carmen joined Gestalt Community Schools to further promote a rich academic framework, student-centered culture, and community inclusive school. She served two years as Dean of Instruction at Humes Preparatory Academy Middle, a turnaround school within the Gestalt network.
Carmen also excelled in a yearlong cohort in Relay’s Graduate School of Education Principal Training Program in New York and Tennessee Association of School Leaders Academy cohort prior to her founding year. In the founding year with 235 scholars, positive gains were achieved in math, literacy, scholar retention and attendance. A strong foundation of active community service and positive culture were also established with the Squires in K-1.
Apart from work, Carmen enjoys riding her bike and volunteering as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ms. Coleman is also active as Secretary of the Christian Brothers University’s National Alumni Board and other non-profit organizations. Ms. Coleman is currently working with the Accelerate Institute to continue her professional development and mission of empowering others through education.