Staff Spotlight: Meagan Coleman-Recruiting Secretary for Human Resources

Every week, we’ll shine a spotlight on one Lincoln Public Schools staff member! Get to know the wonderful people making a positive impact across various areas within LPS. This week, meet Meagan Coleman, recruiting secretary for Human Resources at the Steve Joel District Leadership Office. 

“Meagan has been working with substitutes in LPS. However, she recently received a new position in HR to help with recruiting. Meagan was the first person I met in HR, and she was so kind and patient. She carries that kindness and patience to working with substitutes as well. She knows the importance of our LPS substitutes and wants to make them feel like a valued employee. Meagan never complains, does her work well and keeps the focus on how she supports students, staff and our community. Meagan makes HR a better place!” — Supervisor of Special Programs Personnel Jenny Fundus, Steve Joel District Leadership Center

How long have you worked for LPS?
This is my third year.

What inspired you to become part of the education field at LPS?
Right after high school, I moved to Mexico and worked at an orphanage for children with disabilities. When I came back to the states, I started working as a para in a classroom for children experiencing autism and behavioral disabilities. It just feels good to my soul to be working for a school district that really values students. 

What has been your favorite part of working here? What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
I love how inclusive and accepting LPS is of all students and families. I have learned so much from working with students and staff from different backgrounds, ethnicities and religions. That has been the most rewarding part!

Did you attend LPS as a student? If so, which school(s)? If not, where are you from?
I did not attend LPS. I was born and raised in southern California, but graduated from South Medford High School in southern Oregon. 

What path did you take after completing your formal education?
I started my college education later in life. I attended Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon, and then SCC here in Lincoln. It is an ongoing process. 

What do you enjoy most about the Lincoln community?
It is so easy to find your place and your people in Lincoln. For being a decent-sized city, it still has a small town vibe. 

What is your favorite childhood book or a book that has influenced you positively?
“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson changed my life.

Share a shout out to a former teacher who impacted your life.
Mr. Buck was my 12th-grade English teacher. He had a way of making us all feel like we could be or do anything! We all need someone who believes in us, no matter what. 

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Published: October 5, 2023, Updated: January 10, 2024

Meagan Coleman—Recruiting Secretary for Human Resources