Dr. LaCoñia Nelson’s formal training is in counseling and educational leadership where she has served in various roles over her 22+ year career. Dr. Nelson has been a Teacher, Special Education Chairperson, School Counselor, College Access Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, Grant Coordinator, district wide Special Education Supervisor and Counselor, district wide Transition Coordinator, and Critical Prevention Intervention (CPI) Trainer. She is currently the Interim Director of Special Populations at a public charter school in Texas, and is the proud proprietor of a counseling and consultation practice. At Walden, Dr. Nelson teaches graduate school courses in the School of Counseling Department.
Dr. Nelson’s current research interest focus are in the educational gap between minority and majority students that continues to exist as well as social justice for residents of low income neighborhoods. She has worked to make a short-term supply source into a legally recognized 501c3 non-profit organization to assist hurricane victims. In 2017 and 2018, Dr. Nelson led several holiday and back-to-school community giveaways where over 1100 hurricane victims and other less fortunate community neighbors were helped in some way with food, clothing, toiletries, household items, furniture, and/or housing vouchers. She is currently working to help another low income community build a community resource center to educate and improve the quality of life for its residents.