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Sally Jo Nelson, American elementary school educator. Grantee IMPACT II, 1991.


Nelson, Sally Jo was born on July 7, 1943 in Galesburg, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Erwin A. and Alice L. (Hartman) Pople.


Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Illinois State University, 1965. Postgraduate, Illinois State University, since 1965. Postgraduate, Western Illinois University.

Postgraduate, Northern Illinois University.


Teacher physically handicapped Springfield (Illinois) Public Schools, 1965-1966. Teacher language arts and Chapter I reading, Knoxville (Illinois) School District 202, 1966-1970, 82-88. Third grade teacher, since 1988.

Teacher learning disabilities Knox-Warren Schools, Galesburg, Illinois, 1972-1974. Instructor special education Monmouth (Illinois) College, 1972-1982, Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, 1980-1982. Member parent advisory board Illinois State University, Normal, 1986-1989, member board to select Bone scholars, 1989-1991.

Founder, director Multiple Handicap Summer Camp, Galesburg, since 1985.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to various publications.


Board dir.s Galva (Illinois) History Society, 1989, Galva Arts Council, Galva, 1992-1996. Precinct committeeman Henry County Republican Committee, since 1990. Vice president Henry County Republican Women, 1991-1994.

Member National Education Association, Illinois Education Association, Knoxville Education Association (treasurer 1990-1993), Pilot Club, Beta Sigma Phi (president Xi Kappa Gamma chapter 1991-1992), Phi Delta Kappa (foundation representative Illinois Prairie chapter 1992-1995, past president, secretary, Outstanding Educator award 1989), Alpha Delta Kappa (correspondent secretary Upsilon chapter 1992-1994, vice president 1994-1996).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: chair caning, basket making, china painting, antiques, gardening.


Married Robert Finch, June 12, 1966 (deceased August 1983). 1 child, Mark Paul; married Harlan F. Nelson, January 16, 1988.

Erwin A. Pople

Alice L. (Hartman) Pople

Robert Finch

Harlan F. Nelson

Mark Paul Nelson