Progressive History Makers: Sigma Frater Dr. Shaun Nelms
Dr. Shaun Nelms, member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Theta Upsilon Sigma Chapter in Rochester, NY has been named the superintendent of East High School, a new position created by the partnership between the University of Rochester and East High. In this role, Dr. Nelms will oversee the hiring of all administrative and staff positions as well as the day-to-day operations of the East High Educational Partnership Organization (EPO).
An experienced school leader, Nelms previously served as deputy superintendent for the Greece Central School District in Greece, New York. Before his time in Greece, he was an administrator in the Rochester School District, serving as a chief of schools for the Northeast Zone from 2009-12, where he successfully supervised more than 20 schools and led implementation of the NYS Regents reform initiative. He also has been a middle school principal of Rush-Henrietta Central School District and an assistant principal of Greece Arcadia High School and Greece Odyssey Academy, where he began his career as a school administrator. He is also a former Greece and RCSD classroom teacher.
A graduate of the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, Dr. Nelms has been a frequent speaker on topics related to cultural competence, differentiation, and administrative leadership. At the Warner School, he also teaches courses on teaching and leadership in urban school settings. Nelms is active in several community organizations and has been honored with numerous awards for his leadership and work in education. Most recently, he was a recipient of the Genesee Valley ASCD Leadership Award in 2013.