About Us

Thelma's Garden Education Academy provides high quality pre-school/Kindergarten services for students identified with behavior disabilities and regular education students in Fayette County, Lexington Ky. This inclusive setting utilizes a social emotional academic development model and collaborative problem solving to establish foundation skills for students and increase rates of elementary school proficiency.

Meet The Founder

Jeffrey Coles is married with six children. Three who have graduated from college (UofL), technical training (Awesome, Inc.) school and McDonalds Leadership Training and three in the Fayette County School System. 

After working in human resources at Toyota Motor Manufacturing; establishing an inmate prison transition non-profit; teaching middle school in a Lexington, Kentucky, magnet school and consulting, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act regulation, with schools and districts through the Kentucky Department of Education; Jeffrey Coles has concluded that, regardless of one's cultural background, when it comes to accomplishing success based on education, "How you start is how you finish!"

​Jeffrey Coles, Ed.D, abd, holds a bachelors of  Religion  from Georgetown College; MA Education from Kentucky State University; Ed S from University of the Cumberlands and and Ed.D, abd, from University of the Cumberlands.
​Jeffrey Coles is Certified Director of Special Education by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.