Inspired by George Washington Carver, After the Peanut was created in 2014. After the Peanut is a solution driven company, focusing on the power of knowledge and education in the face of adversity and challenge. The core foundation is to transform communities by increasing equity in K-12 STEAM education. This is accomplished by providing innovative, forward thinking, and real world experiences.

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Dr. Natalie Coleman

Dr. Natalie Coleman is passionate about all things STEM! She has over 20 years of experience as an educator and is also a combat veteran having served as a Military Police Officer in the Illinois Army National Guard. Some of her professional work includes developing training on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cultural Competency, School Attendance and Next Generation Science Standards. She has been a National Geographic Educator of the Week, National Science Teacher Association Presenter, TED Innovative Educator, South by Southwest Education Mentor and Panelist, and an Illinois Science Assessment Writer.

Favorite Quote
“All great achievements require time.” -Maya Angelou


National Hook Up of Black Women Educator of the Year
Generation Dance Hometown Hero
CKL Engineering Women in STEM


Liberal Arts and Sciences B.S.
Chemistry B.S.
Curriculum and Instruction M. Ed
Educational Leadership Ed. D