The Oakland, California native was born to parents Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu Coleman. And if you’re wondering where Zendaya got her height from, according to Allure, Stoermer is 6’4″! Both her mother and her father were school teachers, but Coleman left his profession in order to move to Los Angeles with Zendaya, so she could be on the Disney Channel show “Shake It Up” when she was just 13 years old, per Glamour.
Stoermer stayed in Oakland in order to continue teaching and working as a house manager at the California Shakespeare Theatre. She was even honored as a “local hero” by Bank of America for her work in advancing the arts for the youth of northern California. “She taught in underprivileged communities for 20 years,” Zendaya also told Glamour. “There are students who will tell you, ‘Without Ms. Stoermer, I don’t know where I’d be.'”
While Stoermer worked, Coleman acted as Zendaya’s manager at the beginning of her career and would oftentimes accompany her on red carpets. In an Instagram post, Coleman revealed that “Back in the days of ambiguity people thought I was Zendaya’s bodyguard!” While Zendaya’s career thrived far past her Disney days, with the fame came a strain on Stoermer and Coleman’s marriage.