September 2022 Speaker – Carrol Lund

Carrol Dolinsky Lund considers her greatest role that of cheerleader and mentor for her students and colleagues. Her guiding principle:  “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).

She is a frequent presenter at national, state, and regional world language conferences.

Carrol Dolinsky Lund published her book, Bridge to My Father—World War II Letters, in April 2022. Lund’s prior writing experience included a cookbook, Mountain Water Cabin B & B Breakfasts, curricula, and grants totaling 200,000 in federal, state, and local funding for Springfield Public Schools. The former hailed from her hosting a bed and breakfast cabin on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Arkansas; the latter two from her twenty-year career as a teacher of Japanese and French at Kickapoo and Parkview.

Lund’s is from the University of Nebraska with intensive course work at the University of Hawaii and in Japan. Her masters in gifted education is from Drury. She was honored as Springfield R-XII District Teacher of the Year 2004/05. She served as president of the Foreign Language Association
of Missouri (FLAM) and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Her teaching career included instructing the Methods of Teaching Foreign Language class at MSU.

Carrol’s youngest son lives with a serious mental illness. In retirement, Lund is an active educator for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She teaches classes, facilitates support groups for family members, and is on the board of NAMI-Missouri. Missouri is one of the states at the forefront of training police officers, sheriffs, and correction department’s personnel in crisis intervention (CIT). Carrol presents throughout the state as part of the CIT training.

Lund is pleased to present at the September meeting “Not Your Casserole Character— writing about mental illness.”

About C.A. Simonson

C.A. Simonson is a freelance writer and author of six novels and five nonfiction books. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in seven anthologies. Close to 800 informational articles, human interest stories, content pieces, and DIY articles have been published in national print and online magazines, periodicals, and newsletters. Her books are available in paperback, digital, and audio format on Amazon, KOBO, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and or at With her love of writing and skills as a former IT help desk/trainer, she assists other aspiring authors with editing, formatting, and self-publication. C.A. Simonson lives in the Ozarks of Missouri.
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