Kim Coleman, a former Utah State Representative, founded and created Monticello Academy charter school. She pioneered a method of financing for charter schools that is now a commonly used tool to allow charter schools to acquire buildings independent of development companies- something that saves schools tens of thousands annually.
Born in New Orleans and raised in Texas and Louisiana, at the age of 19 she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and soon after served an 18-month mission in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the University of Utah with degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and a Certificate in Criminology. She pursued post-graduate coursework in addictions counseling, dedicating her time to inpatient treatment of adolescents with mental health disorders and substance abuse, including opening and accrediting two outpatient day-treatment centers.