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Honored during her career as the Professional of the Year by the Learning Disabilities Association of Missouri and by the International Council on Learning Disabilities, Professor Emerita Linda Koehler had a strong impact on students wanting to become special education professionals. She dedicated 31 years to preparing future teachers in this much-needed area.
Koehler began her career at UCM as an assistant professor of language arts and special education, and became a professor of special education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development. During her tenure she taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses with titles such as Education of the Exceptional Child, Introduction to Individuals with Learning Disabilities, Advanced Topics in Learning Disabilities, Collaborating with Families of Exceptional Children, and many more.
Before coming to UCM, Koehler worked in Iowa, serving as a teacher at Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, working as a supervisor for the career motivation program for intellectually challenged students in Pottawatomie County, and also teaching in the Decatur County Public Schools.
Koehler’s education included a bachelor’s degree in religious studies at Washington University, St. Louis; a master’s degree in education at the University of Iowa, Iowa City; and a doctorate in education at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She was a doctoral fellow at KU, and a post-doctoral fellow in augmentative and alternative communication at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. She also participated in post-doctoral studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
In addition to contributing many works to professional journals and serving on a wide variety of committees, she was active in a variety of professional organizations. This includes serving since 1998 as an invited member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Learning Disabilities Association of Missouri.