Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Women Dr. Katari Coleman

Katari Coleman is a native of Chicago who resides in Middle Tennessee. She has worked in early childhood in the capacity of adult instruction, child development and assessment, family intervention and program management for over twenty years. She holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute and a doctorate in Educational and Cultural Policy from Loyola University-Chicago.

Throughout Dr. Coleman’s career she has created program training opportunities for child care professionals, home visitors, and parents, to assist in the understanding of child development, literacy and family dynamics. She has served as a home visitor, trainer, parenting specialist, infant specialist, faculty member and departmental chair before coming to Middle Tennessee State University as an Underrepresented Minority Dissertation Fellow. She is presently the Research Director for the Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences at Tennessee State University, where she works with the early childhood programs within the center, projects and faculty across the University, and serves as the project director for the Building Strong Brains: Adverse Childhood Experiences Initiative grant.

Dr. Coleman enjoys working with parents and children in many capacities. She presently facilitates a monthly parent literacy session for parents known as SmartBaby at McNeilly Center for Children under the auspices of Transformation Nashville, Inc. SmartBaby sessions focus on the need to know information around literacy and vocabulary development to prepare their children to be successful in school and life. In addition, she sits on several committees and boards, both local and statewide that focus on the collective needs of young children and their families. To conclude, in 2016 she created a business platform known as Modern Mindsets, LLC to provide educational services such as training, developmental assessments, etc. to the public