SHAUN NELMS NAMED EDP ALUMNUS AWARD WINNER Mr. Shaun Nelms was named EDP’s Distinguished Alumnus on March 19. Originally from Buffalo, Shaun was awarded Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in History and Secondary Education/Social Studies from Fredonia in May 1999. He earned his Master of Science in Education in March 2004 from the University of Rochester, Warner School, with a major in Educational Administration and has his New York State permanent certification as a school administrator and supervisor. Shaun started working as a 7 th grade social studies teacher in the Rochester City School district. While there he initiated a “Gentlemen’s Club” to help at-risk students with social/behavioral needs. After teaching 8 th grade social studies, he moved on to being an assistant principal and is now middle school principal at Burger Middle School in the Rush Henrietta Central School District. Among his duties are supervising over 100 staff members and coordinating school and district events. He has been a presenter at superintendent conferences and NYS middle school conferences. In his applicant autobiography, his answer to “Why are you interested in EOP?”, Shaun stated that “This program will allow me to put all road blocks aside and go on in life where I can be an asset in solving problems. EDP will give me the opportunity to have a chance at achieving all the goals I am capable of achieving through education.” During high school, he worked as a kitchen assistant and pool guard at Cradle Beach Camp for physically or financially handicapped children. He said “helping others is important in growing. Having abilities and not sharing them with others is a waste of talent.”
At Fredonia Shaun shared his variety of talents while being a resident assistant for two years, and he played on the Blue Devil men’s basketball team as well as being an assistant varsity coach. Through his athletic and academic success, he gained confidence in his abilities and is able to share what he has learned in his classroom. Shaun now resides in Rochester, New York, with his wife and family.