Dr. Coleman was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school in Indiana, where her parents were on the board of a regional homeschool organization, the Southwestern Indiana Home Educators Association. In 2010, she completed her M.A. thesis at Ball State University, titled “Ideologues, Pedagogues, Pragmatics: A Case Study of the Homeschool Community in Delaware County, Indiana.” In early 2012, Dr. Coleman was invited to be present at the founding of the International Center for Home Education Research. In 2013, deeply moved by several high-profile deaths of children in homeschool settings, she co-founded the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, where she served as executive director from 2014 to 2021. Dr. Coleman wrote her dissertation on changing evangelical ideas about children and education over the course of the twentieth century, and received her Ph.D. in history from Indiana University in 2018. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, two children, and two cats.