Linda Nelson was born and raised in Livonia, Michigan. Nelson LOVED Livonia! Her favorite part was how the seasons changed, especially in the fall. “It is very pretty in fall” says Nelson. “I really liked going to the cider mill and watching them make apple cider from scratch”.
Once she was old enough, Nelson decided to start her career. She started off doing occupational therapy. Then there was a patient who was also a teacher, Nelson went to her school a lot and it looked interesting, so she decided to change her major. Altogether, Nelson attended three colleges: Schoolcraft college, University of Michigan, and Oakland University. After changing her major, Nelson decided to start off teaching elementary (2nd grade).
After a few years as a teacher, she got a job opportunity here, in NC, and decided to take it. Coach Nelson and Coach Rook are friends, so Coach Rook suggested that she should apply for a job at NEAAAT. When Nelson came to check it out, she instantly loved it. And here she is today: so-far loving her first year at NEAAAT.
“When I was younger, I wanted to become a teacher.” says Nelson. “I used to teach my stuffed animals and dolls the ABC’s.” But now, after 17 (almost 18) years of teaching, her favorite part is still watching her students learn, and being able to say proudly, that she taught them.
Other than grading papers, cooking, running, and reading, Coach Nelson is trying to avoid spiders. During this interview, we threw a couple of questions to twist the business format. I asked: “what is your biggest fear?” Coach Nelson’s reply was “I’m not a fan of spiders, but my biggest fear is not knowing.”
If I were you, I wouldn’t come to Coach Nelson’s door on Halloween expecting candy. When she was asked what she was going to do on Halloween, she said: “Nothing, I’m going to lock my door and probably read, cook, or grade papers!” She would much rather be enjoying Thanksgiving- hanging out with friends and family, and more importantly food!