Robert  Coleman

For the past 29 years, Robert Coleman has brought knowledge,
hope, and similar memorable experiences to at-risk students in a
two-room basement of an old elementary school as part of the Alternative
Education Program in Middlebury, Connecticut.

Robert’s Alternative Education Program focuses on meeting the needs
and abilities of the troubled students, rather than on behavior
modification. His “one-room electronic schoolhouse” is so named because
of its reliance and emphasis on current technology.

He began his teaching career at Crosby High School in 1960, a
position he held until 1963. From 1961 to 1965, he also served as a
part-time instructor at Sacred Heart High School. Robert was a teacher
at Watertown High School from 1963-1964. In 1965, he began in his
present position as a teacher in Regional School District 15,
Middlebury, Connecticut. He also served as a part-time instructor at
Mattatuck Community College from 1966 to 1968.

Robert received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s Seminary
and University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Master of Arts degree and
sixth year certificate from Fairfield University, Connecticut.

Special Recognition

1994

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

1993

National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundations

1993

Excellence in Education Award from the Burger King Corporation

1993

Walt Disney American Educator Award finalist

1993

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

1993

Educational Policy Fellowship – Institute for Educational Leadership

1992

Connecticut Teacher of the Year International Space Academy Fellowship from NASA and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center

1990

ASSET (Apple Sponsored Special Education Technologist) of the Year