Lisa Marie Coates

Special Education Teacher Leader
Chesterfield County Public Schools

Coates is a 21-year veteran exceptional education teacher leader in Richmond, Va. Coates has served as an instructional leader, learner and assistant principal. She has used knowledge of design thinking to help impact professional development, engagement and instructional practices.

Coates has served as a School Ambassador Fellow (‘10) with the United States Department of Education, where she worked on special education STEAM policy and was named a White House Champion of Change under the Obama Administration. Her passion for teacher leadership was further ignited when she was recently selected as an Emerging Leader with The Association of Supervison and Curriculum Development (ASCD) this past year.

Coates has also served as a fellow with Jossey-Bass publishers and named one of Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40. This past summer, Coates was selected as an ambassador with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) National Summer Institute, where she worked on STEAM initiatives for ALL learners, which was inspired from
leading a team of exceptional education students in winning the Congressional App Challenge for their congressional district.

Coates has presented at local, state and national conferences, authored several publications and has worked collaboratively with various stakeholders regarding educational issues. Coates holds A master degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Supervision and administration, an Eductaional Specialist degree and has recently earned an Ed.D.

In her spare time, she enjoys photography, coooking, gardening, music festivals and yard work.

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