Marcia Nelson, Ed.D. is the director of the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program in the school of education. Marcia is an educational leader with over thirty years of experience as a teacher and administrator in K-12 schools. Most recently, she served as principal at Rock Ridge High School in Virginia, MN. Marcia earned her undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University Mankato in English, theater, and speech, her master’s degree and principal licensure from St. Cloud State University, and her doctorate in leadership, policy, and administration with a concentration in critical pedagogy and the superintendency from the University of St. Thomas. Saint Mary’s Ed.S. program is the largest in the State of Minnesota and prepares future educational leaders to become principals, superintendents and directors of special education.