Innovation is the core belief of Natalie Coleman. This is part of the reason she ran and won her Will County Board seat in November 2020.
Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois she has found that her desire to give back and help shape the next generation has led her to thrive in the education world. She currently works full time as CEO of After the Peanut. She has over 15 years of experience in education and also served as a Military Police Officer in the Illinois Army National Guard.
Some of her professional work and accolades include providing training on Next Generation Science Standards for the state of Illinois, National Geographic Educator of the Week, National Science Teacher Association National Conference Presenter, and TED Innovative Educators, She believes that innovation, creativity, communication and collaboration can lead to a more productive and empathetic world where all people can grow. She is a proponent of global thinking, embracing change, inspiring the next generation, and solving problems through the lens of equity and design thinking.
Natalie holds a Masters of Education from Governors State University as well as a Bachelors in Chemistry and is projected to graduate with her Doctorate of Education in May 2021.