Shaun Nelms Named Deputy Superintendent of East High School

Shaun NelmsShaun Nelms, current deputy superintendent of the Greece Central School District and a former chief of schools for the Rochester City School District (RCSD), will become East High School’s new deputy superintendent, a new position created under a unique partnership between the University of Rochester and East High School to enhance educational outcomes for students at East High.

In late February, Nelms will assume the role of deputy superintendent overseeing the hiring of all administrative and staff positions as well as the day-to-day operations of the East High Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) Plan. On Jan. 14, the Rochester Board of Education received a letter from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) conditionally approving the plan for the educational partnership with the University of Rochester, allowing the University and East High community to begin planning and hiring staff for the rollout of the new East High School.
“The Board of Education was extremely pleased to hear that Dr. Nelms will be assuming a significant leadership role at East High School,” said Rochester Board of Education President Van White. “The success or failure of our effort there will depend, in part, on the leadership team which is put in place there. His extensive experience, extraordinary commitment, and vision are sure to make East High School the place where students and staff want to be.”
Nelms is an experienced educator who has served in multiple leadership roles locally. He is currently deputy superintendent at Greece Central School District, the largest suburban school district in Monroe County, where he has been instrumental in improving student achievement and closing equity gaps. From 2009 to 2012, he served as a chief of schools for the Northeast Zone of the RCSD, where he supervised more than 20 schools serving 11,000 students and 1,000 staff members. He also held the positions of middle school principal of Rush-Henrietta Central School District for three years and 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.
“Dr. Nelms will provide outstanding leadership to the East High community,” said Stephen Uebbing, East High EPO superintendent and a professor of educational leadership at the University of Rochester. “He has the experience and skills to provide the leadership required to support the school’s transformation into a model of success and one that will improve the lives of students.”
Nelms himself said, “Through its partnership with the University of Rochester, the Rochester City School District has a unique opportunity to create a model to improve and enhance schooling throughout the city. Being a part of that change process creates personal and professional challenges, which inspire and motivate me as a learner and leader.  
“I want to be the champion of equity for students at East. Maintaining a focus on graduation rates, literacy and numeracy skill development, family support as well as caring for the social-emotional needs of students will be the priority of staff.”
A 2013 recipient of the Genesee Valley ASCD Leadership Award, Nelms earned his doctorate in K-12 school leadership and master’s in education, both from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, and bachelor’s in education from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Pending final approval from the State, the University of Rochester will serve as the EPO for East High School, assuming full management responsibilities for East starting July 2015. East will become a comprehensive, community school with a robust set of services to support its diverse students. Entrance will be by student choice, giving priority to students living in proximity to East and neighborhoods surrounding the school.
About the Warner School of Education?
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education (www.warner.rochester.edu) offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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