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A 24-year member of Central’s faculty Dr. Shela Snyder has retired as professor emeritus of early childhood education.
Before arriving at Central, Snyder taught public school for 10 years in addition to being on the faculty at Austin College in Texas, the University of Arkansas and Northwest Missouri State University.
She earned an associate’s degree from Virginia Intermont in 1950, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University in 1952 and 1958 and a doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas in 1972.
While at Central, Snyder served as chair of the Professional Education Faculty, chair of the Teacher Education Council, chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the College of Education and Human Resources, was a member of the Faculty Senate and Athletic Committee and Accreditation of Teacher Education committees.
Snyder was a member and sponsor of Kappa Delta Pi, a sponsor of Sigma Kappa, a member of the Association of Teacher Educators, Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Kappa Phi.
Her career highlights at Central included the 1995 Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the 1994 Central Missouri State University Advisor of the Year Award and the 1989 and 1994 College of Education and Human Services Teacher of Excellence Award.
In her retirement, Snyder hopes to spend more time working on her hobbies and become involved in community volunteer projects.
Snyder and her husband, Don, have five children, Steve, Liz, Glenna, Don and Doug, and seven grandchildren.