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Looking forward to traveling to Hawaii and other destinations during her retirement, Lynda Nelson-Day takes pride in the contributions she made toward preparing students to serve as early childhood special education professionals. After dedicating 18 years to teaching at CMSU, she has retired as professor emerita of special education.
Nelson-Day’s teaching career was launched as a public school special education teacher in Mokena, Ill., in the 1960s. Her preparation for this field began at Illinois State University in Normal, where she graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in special education-mental retardation. She went on to earn a master’s degree in education-guidance and counseling at Northern Illinois State University, DeKalb, and an education specialist degree and education doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg.
Her career path included work as a school psychologist in Illinois and Virginia, as well as teaching assignments at Radford University, Virginia Tech, East Carolina University and Eastern Montana College prior to accepting a faculty appointment at CMSU. She joined the Department of Special Services in 1988 as an assistant professor of special education, and in 1993 became associate professor of special education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development.
Over the years, Nelson-Day was involved in consultation and training for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in a variety of special education projects. In addition to a large amount of committee work, she also served for four years as special education program coordinator, and past faculty adviser of the student chapter of The Council of Exceptional Children.