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Dr. Frances Coleman

Dr. Frances Coleman (MS '91)


At the time of the Award, Dr. Frances Coleman was:

District Technology Coordinator
Ackerman High School and Weir A.C.
Ackerman, MS

Subject(s) taught: Biology/Life Science
Grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Though retired from K-12 education, Dr. Frances Coleman, serves as an adjunct professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; as a consultant for JBHM Education Group; and as a facilitator for PBS TeacherLine. Previously, she was a teacher at both Ackerman High School and Weir Attendance Center in Choctaw County, where she also served as district technology coordinator. Through a computer-assisted instruction program that she designed, Dr. Coleman provided the students in her poor, rural district with access to courses in a wide variety of subjects, including French, German, Latin, creative writing, humanities, mythology, calculus, physics, computer science, BASIC programming, trigonometry, ecology, marine science, anatomy and physiology. The author of numerous articles on subjects ranging from surgery to teaching foreign languages with computers, Dr. Coleman became National Board Certified in 1998, the first year that certification was available for science teachers. She was a STAR teacher at Ackerman High School for several years and was a runner-up for the 1990 Mississippi Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Coleman has also received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, and was both a Tandy Technology Scholar and an Einstein Fellow.

Additional Information


1962 University of Mississippi, B.A.

Technology, Computers, Internet, At-risk Students, College Access, Academics, Distance Learning, Foreign Language, Gifted & Talented Education, Interdisciplinary Instruction