In 2015, Dr. Shaun Nelms was asked to create and implement a school transformation model for the lowest performing school, in the lowest performing district, in New York State, where the graduation rate the year prior was 29%. In 7 years, the school increased its graduation rate to 85% and expanded the Career in Technical Education (CTE) to include pathways in Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Computer Technology, Biomedical Health Sciences, Business and Computer Essentials, Precision Optics, Teaching and Learning, and Vision Care.
Shaun is the superintendent of East Upper and Lower Schools, formerly East High School in Rochester, N.Y., a new position created through a unique partnership between the New York State Education Department, Rochester City School District, and the University of Rochester. As a result of his success in creating a replicable school model, he was named the first William and Sheila Konar Director for the Center for Urban Education Success (CUES) at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and Human Development. In this role, Shaun leads CUES’s efforts to support the success of K-12 urban schools. He also teaches courses in human resource management, school governance, and leadership for school transformation.
As CEO of the Nelms Consulting Group, he is also a frequent speaker on topics related to the creation of equitable school systems and administrative leadership. He is active in numerous community organizations, a member of Phi Beta Sigma and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities, and has been honored with several awards for his leadership and work in education.