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Ed Coleman (IN '09)


Maggie L. Walker Governor's School
Richmond, VA

Subject(s) taught: American Literature and Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

At the time of the Award, Ed Coleman was:

North Central High School
Indianapolis, IN

Subject(s) taught: English/Language
Grade(s): 12

Biographical Information

Most people frequent bookstores for a schedule of book readings and discussions with writers and poets. These normally rare opportunities to interact with masters of the literary craft are commonplace in Edward Coleman's English classes at North Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. As a published poet himself, Coleman's passion for language is what makes his classes truly extraordinary. Coleman also used a $3000 grant to start a used bookstore that is now self-sustaining.

Using a well-researched, multi-disciplinary approach to teaching - bolstered by the extensive knowledge he gained obtaining two master's degrees, one from Harvard University and the other from Emory University - Coleman incorporates philosophy, art and history into his English classes, creating a poetic harmony of several different humanities subjects. Recently selected by North Central students as the "most influential teacher," Coleman puts his entire self into his classes and students, and it has paid off. North Central boasts the highest SAT writing scores in the state, and the highest International Baccalaureate (IB) scores it has seen in the past 20 years.

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1995 Emory University, M.A.T.

1993 Harvard University, M.T.S.

1990 Bethany College, B.A.

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