David Lindeman, Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) project director, is pleased to announce the addition of Chelie Nelson to the technical assistance staff. Dr. Nelson may be a familiar face to many of her colleagues across the state; she was a member of the KITS team from 2000 through 2005.
Over her career, Chelie has worked in the field of early childhood as a school-based speech-language pathologist, an early childhood special education teacher, an early childhood technical assistance specialist, an assistant professor, and most recently as assistant director of Special Education for the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative. Chelie received her Bachelor and Master's degrees in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Wichita State University. She was endorsed as an early childhood special education teacher through Emporia State University and received her Ph.D. in Special Education and her administrative endorsement from the University of Kansas.
Chelie has an extensive background in childhood language and emergent literacy development. Her dissertation research focused on the literacy experiences of young children with disabilities in preschool settings. Other areas of interests and expertise include collaborative early childhood programs, inclusive service delivery models, adapting early childhood curriculum, embedding intervention, and coaching/consultation. As a technical assistance specialist, Chelie will be working with agencies and individuals serving preschool age children with disabilities and their families.
Dr. Lindeman said, "We welcome and are fortunate to have Chelie back as a part of the KITS Team. She brings to us a sound background in early childhood education and a wealth of information with her recent experiences as an administrator of early childhood programs."
Based in Park City, Chelie enjoys travel, learning about the history of the places she visits, and shopping. She grew up in California and while she misses the mild weather, she enjoys the seasons that Kansas offers. Summer is her favorite season because of the sunshine and the opportunity to use her jet skis at the lake. This fall she is looking forward to watching both of her nephews, Robi and Tomi, play soccer for the Mulvane High School Wildcats. Chelie looks forward to her new role on the KITS team and the opportunity to again work with the early childhood programs and professionals in Kansas.