Meet Carla Nelson
Carla is the daughter of two public school educators and has an extensive background in education, public service and business.
Carla earned an elementary and special education degree from Drake University and a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota. Carla taught in small rural schools and most recently in the Rochester public schools. She has taught students in grades 1-9 as a special education teacher, a title one teacher, resource room teacher and as a middle school reading teacher. Carla, also a reading specialist, knows that reading well by third grade is essential to academic success, closing achievement gaps and keeping the American Dream open for all.
Carla is a small business owner and earned national recognition as a MDRT member for several years. Carla and Terry have three grown sons, two wonderful daughters in law, a precious granddaughter and another grandchild on the way.
Carla’s Awards & Endorsements
During her time in elected office, Carla has received many awards and endorsements, including:
Economic Development Legislator of Distinction
Legislator of the Year
Public Service Award
Minnesota Charter School Champion Award
Legislator of the Year Award
Farm & Rural Legislator Award
Legislative Champion Award
School Social Work Legislator of the Year
Local Control Legislator of the Year
Champion of Racial Justice
Friend of Public Education Award
Guardian of Small Business Award
Friend of Retail Award
Legislator of Distinction
Environment Legislator of Distinction
Distinguished Legislator Award
You can endorse Carla Nelson, too!
On November 3rd, we have the opportunity to send Carla back to Saint Paul to continue working for our district. Show your support for Carla by voting on November 3rd in-person, voting in-person prior to the election, or voting absentee. Learn more by clicking the link below.
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Carla has a long record of working across the aisle, building coalitions and finding solutions. Her accomplishments are making SE Minnesota communities a better place to live, work and play. Here are just a few of them: