For Philly teacher, a lunch to remember

Posted: July 09, 2014

AT FIRST, Philadelphia teacher LeShawna Coleman believed she'd be meeting with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss education issues.

Late last week, she was informed that things had changed: Coleman would be having a luncheon meeting with President Obama instead.

Coleman, who as a teacher coach with the district works with teachers in classrooms, was one of four educators to have an "honest, open conversation" with Obama in the White House. Duncan was also present.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Coleman said. "Who gets a chance to meet with a sitting president and talk?"

Obama "listened a whole lot" as Coleman and the other attendees spoke about the challenges of keeping teachers in high-need, high-poverty districts, she said.

Coleman, a graduate of Engineering and Science High, said she has stayed in Philadelphia because she is connected to the community where her support is needed more.

For lunch, the group dined on honey-barbecue-glazed salmon, a mixed bean salad with roasted squash and, for dessert, peach cobbler with ginger ice cream.

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