- Teacher, Walker-Education Campus
Tumeka Coleman is a proud North Carolina native and graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical (A&T) State University in Greensboro, NC. She is happily married to a loving and supportive husband, J.C. Coleman, and she is constantly encouraged by a host of family and friends. Tumeka Coleman obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2001 and a Master’s degree in Education in 2003. With anticipation of becoming more insightful about the realm of academia, Tumeka Coleman obtained a second Masters of Education degree in Education Management from Strayer University in 2010. Inspired by her mother, she chose to pursue a career in education and continually strive to implement the same welcoming atmosphere that her mother cultivates in her classroom. Tumeka Coleman is committed to providing students with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.
During her 18(+) years career as an educator in three separate school systems, Tumeka has served as a mentor to junior teaching professionals, chaired various grade levels, facilitated professional development sessions for both teachers and parents, served on the Academic Leadership team, evaluated new and novice teachers with Pearson and have taken an active role in the community. Tumeka is also currently serving on the Mayor’s School’s Advisory Committee and is also one of the ELA District Course Chairs for DCPS educators. Tumeka enjoys facilitating one of her true passions as one of the DCPS Ambassadors for the New Teachers Orientation (NEO).
Tumeka Coleman’s career began in Greensboro, NC, where she was Rookie Teacher of the Year. In 2012, she was again named Teacher of the Year from Imagine Public Charter Schools in DC and later the Regional Teacher of the Year for Imagine Public Charter Schools in DC. In 2018, Tumeka Coleman was named the 2018 District of Columbia Public Schools Teacher of the Year. In that same year, Tumeka was one of the finalist for the Washington’s Post Teacher of the Year.
Tumeka describes her classroom as a learning environment that promotes fun, growth, and a sense of family. Teaching is so rewarding and reaffirms her belief that she can make the world a better place by educating one student at a time. Forming relationships with scholars and helping them find their dreams and strengths so that they believe in themselves the way that she believes in them is the premise of her student-teacher bond.