Greetings. My name is Sam Coleman and I am the Math and ELA teacher at Tamim Academy. I was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, and I am thankful to live in such a beautiful, safe, and supportive community. I love to exercise, read, vacation, and spend time outdoors. I live in the new north end of Burlington with my wife, Jess, and our two boys, Charlie (7) and George (2). Charlie and I love to ride bikes, play games, read, and watch Disney movies together. George and I love to paint, color, and play with our many toy dump trucks in the backyard. Being a dad brings me more joy than I ever imagined, which in turn, I believe makes me a better educator.
After graduating from Johnson State College in 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education, I taught 3rd and 4th grade in Williamstown, VT for four years. I then worked as a school wide behavior consultant at Essex Elementary School, a K-2 school, in Essex, Vermont. I realized a passion for the social and emotional aspects of teaching, and the importance for all students to feel safe, respected, and happy at school. Currently, I am working toward a Masters degree in Special Education through the Vermont State Colleges. When I am not at work, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. I am happy to be able to spend my work day at Tamim Academy. The staff and students have been great in welcoming me to the school.
We have a broad academic focus at Tamim Academy, but we also understand the importance of teaching children to be kind, to show gratitude, to take personal responsibility for themselves, and to be part of a classroom community. Through our explorations together, our goal is for students to be excited about school. We understand the importance of academic progress, but we also want students to have a positive relationship with their peers and teachers. We will strive to provide the best possible outcomes for each and every student. Parents, please feel free to contact me via my school email, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or concerns. I look forward to a fantastic year with the students of Tamim.