LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Shenelle DuBose

Position: Principal
School: Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School
School District: The School District of University City
City, State: St. Louis, MO

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Shenelle DuBose was nominated by her colleague, Beverly Velloff.

 

Dr. DuBose has changed the school experience for 388 students this year. She has been an educator for more than 15 years, and has served as a principal for the past 5 years. Within these years as principal, she has taken a school that was listed as a “focus school” with an APR score of 50%, to a school that now has a rating of 82.9%. Upon her arrival, ELA scores were in the teens. Now, the students are achieving at 41% proficiency. This extraordinary academic growth of the school is directly related to Dr. DuBose's commitment to improving education. She has a proven ability to positively help staff and students see themselves as capable of change. Her leadership qualities prove that through focused, data-driven instruction, high expectations and parent involvement, students are motivated to reach academic success.

Dr. DuBose believes in providing a well-rounded learning community, with high expectations for students and staff. This year, she went beyond her norm and started Genius Days. On early release professional development days, she noticed that attendance was poor for students. To change this environment, Dr. DuBose brainstormed with her staff and came up with roughly 20 different topics that students may be interested in learning more about, and called these days Genius Days. Topics like gymnastics, cooking, coding, computer repair, sewing and more gave students the opportunity to try something new; something they're interested in.

Teachers were now facilitating multi-age groups of students about a skill or specific interest. Students had the opportunity to preview these opportunities, prior to picking their top 3 choices. By providing choice, students connect new learning to their favorite content, personal interest, hobby, or skill they are good at. By providing this ongoing Genius Day opportunity, Dr. DuBose, without a doubt, has provided an environment of ongoing community and personal affirmations. She believes in her building, staff, students, and families.  

Her leadership goals and collaborative culture within Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School provides an environment of high moral and ethical standards. She goes above and beyond by respectfully pushing her staff to think differently or outside of the box. She is determined to change mindsets and prove to others that all students are capable of achieving at high levels, and as Dr. DuBose would say, “you just have to provide them an accessible entry point”.

Comments (86)

Apryll Mendez Posted over a year ago

Dr. Shenelle DuBose is a wonderful individual! She is extremely knowledgeable about the topics that impact the academic success of our children. While working with one another on our doctorate degree, Shenelle always persevered through tough times and was a wonderful collaborator. I learned a lot from her leadership style and overall presence as an elementary school principal. She is an excellent, eloquent public speaker who strives to improve her own practices as well others. Dr. Shenelle DuBose definitely deserves this award.

Suzie Feagan Posted over a year ago

Dr. Shenelle Dubose is most deserving of this award. She is a strong leader who is willing to adapt to whatever is best for her students. She regularly walks outside her comfort zone and by doing that she has created a positive, fun, equitable, and engaging learning environment for her students. She does everything that she can to make sure that her students have every learning opportunity that they can have to help prepare them for careers and their future. The students see opportunity and are really becoming energetic and focused learners. I have students that are in the lower elementary grades talking about where they are going to college and what they are going to study. Currently, coding and engineering are the most popular. The difference that she has made in such a short time is astounding. She tirelessly works to make sure that her school feels like a home and that there is a strong sense of family and community. It has been amazing to see how she has created an enthusiastic and supportive learning environment for her students and their families.

Alisha Ashford Posted over a year ago

Why wouldn't you choose Dr. Dubose for this award? She is not afraid to dream. I've listened to many of her ideas of how to support students, staff, and our community in general. I've said to myself, "How in the world is she going to pull this off?" To my amazement, she makes it happen every.single.time. She is not afraid to be vocal about what our students need and deserve. She takes on issues of equity daily to make sure our students have the same access to resources and the same opportunities as other students from affluent districts. Dr. Dubose is passionate about her profession and it shows in everything she does. You can't help but notice her level of commitment to this district and our families. Parents have a sense of comfort and assurance that she will do what is necessary to make sure every student can and will succeed. She is present at PTO meetings and she initiates fundraisers to help raise money for various projects such as Genius Days. She meets with community leaders and ask them to share their strengths and talents with our students. She has organized Math Tutoring, in which volunteers give time to help our students learn multiplication facts and practice other crucial math skills. Field trips are also embedded which help students make the connection that Math is Everywhere! She coordinated a Holiday Shoppe with Bishop Baker, founder of Man of Valor so that our students could earn points for attendance. They could redeem those attendance points for Christmas gifts for loved ones, donated by the Man of Valor organization. This taught our students the true meaning of giving. What really makes her a successful leader is that she understands that she humanizes the profession of teaching. Teachers are encouraged to put themselves and families first, often telling us "You can't be any good to others if you aren't good to yourself first." As educators, we often place importance of our profession above all personal matters. Dr. Dubose reminds us to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of our families and the overflow will spill over into our professional lives, making us better educators and people all around. Such profound advice! Please make her your top choice for LifeChanger of the Year!

Anna More Posted over a year ago

I have worked with Dr. DuBose since starting as a new teacher at Barbara C. Jordan. She has always been supportive and encouraging of my growth as a teacher. Dr. DuBose cares about her students and wants them to succeed. Consequently, she pushes her teachers to be their best for the students. I have grown and learned a lot about myself as an educator in my time at our school. I am very proud to know Dr. DuBose.

Latasha Nelson Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose is one of the most influential leaders I've worked for in my 9 years of teaching. She is a very goal-oriented person with one thing in mind - the students. She has pushed me to be my best and challenged me to go even further. Her passion and dedication to our students, teachers and staff is recognized as soon as you hear her speak. "Every student can learn" is one piece of advice she has give to educators, as she helped lead teachers in looking at raw data, recognizing where we were academically as a school, setting data-based goals with researched instructional strategies embedded in lessons, and encouraging and assisting teachers and staff to reach those goals. Underneath her leadership, our school, Barbara C. Jordan Elementary, has made tremendous gains each year on our MAP assessments. She encourages us to celebrate our strengths and to choose a weakness to strengthen so that it is no longer a weakness. If anyone deserves this award, it's definitely Dr. Shenelle DuBose.

Alisa Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all you do with the students of University School District. I'm sure they will forever remember and appreciate all you've done to make a difference in their lives. Keep up the good work!

J. Johnson Posted over a year ago

Way to go Mrs. DuBose! Your good works have not gone unnoticed!

Jazz Taylor Posted over a year ago

Congrats to Dr. DuBose on this wonderful achievement! Being recognized for being yourself and doing what you love to do is awesome. God bless you and continue being great.

Aaron Chambly Posted over a year ago

I think Dr. DuBose is the best principal because she always has a smile. And she talks about it with us She keeps us healthy and safe. She really cares about me and all the students of BCJ.

McKinse Jackson Posted over a year ago

Dr.DuBose is a good principal because when I had problems with other students Dr.DuBose helps me solve them in a peaceful way and she's so nice to me . She supports me in what I do and cares about anything that is going on in my life.

dmarcus keathley Posted over a year ago

ms dobose give us fun things to do and she is so nice and she dose every thing to help the school

Ezra Posted over a year ago

DR. Dubose you are good Principal because you try to help most students in the school who don't have much and are very poor and you inspire me to help them when I get older . Dr. Dubose I am very glad you are our Principal and I hope you stay our principal and you are the best because you do what is best for all of us. All 5 years I've been here I have been happy you are our Principal please stay here as long as you can because if you do leave it might not be a good principal to come to our school and people might take their kids out of the school and Ucity school district might take down our schools and that's why you're my favorite principal

Jordyn Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr.DuBose is the best principal I'v had my life is better now that I go to this school because of Dr. DuBose. she let us have genus day every short day of school. she helps the teachers so they can do better with teaching us.

Darvon Butler Posted over a year ago

Dr. Dubose is the best and most amazing principal! She helps me to get better when I'm angry and she cares about me and she also gives us Genius Day and gives us parties and rewards for go vibes and is always nice to the teachers and staff. She respects everyone at the school and gives us upgrades on things. She is a fun principal to have and no one can top of with what she has done for us for the past 5 years I have been at Barbara C. Jordan and out of all of the principals she is the best. She gives us fun activities to do like dodgeball and ice skating.

Wu Bakeman Posted over a year ago

One of the many traits of Dr. DuBose that delights me is her use of multitudinous approaches to meld her staff into a true team. In these exercises, different specialties and strengths are revealed. While these approaches reveal that people tend to work best in "their group" to my amazement, I have found that Dr. DuBose is an administrator who has the heart of a poet, cognizant of data but consumed by vision: a tough and conscientious leader who cares deeply about individuals and takes the time to see that their unique needs are met. She defies characterization or pigeon-holing because she is somehow able to transcend those boundaries and in so doing, creates a school that is vibrant, constantly improving, and above all, a loving community. Her vivid imagination is contagious and she endlessly encourages the teachers to do the amazing things that bring the love of learning to our students. After 29 years of teaching I am at last in an environment with an amazing leader who not only understands the way children learn but who also values creativity. With the support Dr. DuBose gives me, I truly feel that I am a vital part of a community where I can fulfill my calling to teach students to the best of my ability. It was not surprising that yesterday when I asked my class to name five African-Americans who had most inspired them that Dr. DuBose was #1 on the list. She truly inspires me!

Britney Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose is the best because she is a wonderful leader. And is respectful and she never gives up Dr. Dubose is a really nice person.

Dominic Posted over a year ago

DR,Dubose is the greatest principal I have ever had! She has AMAZING ideas and is really nice.She is THE best and will always be the best principal!

Sydney Kinyanjui Posted over a year ago

I have always loved Dr. Dubose as a principal. She's the best! When i'm down Dr.Dubose will always cheer me. I love her as a true friend.

thomas parnell Posted over a year ago

She is a sweet, lovable person. She is an amazing principal! She is a caring person and will help you if you are feeling down about something. If I could pick who to hang out with it would be her because she is AWESOME!

thomas parnell Posted over a year ago

She is a sweet, lovable person. She is an amazing principal! She is a caring person and will help you if you are feeling down about something. If I could pick who to hang out with it would be her because she is AWESOME!

Casey Beard Posted over a year ago

Dr.Dubose is an outstanding principal. She does lots of good things to benefit the school of Barbara C Jordan. She gives us lots of incentives for example in January the students with the best attendance got to play a dodgeball game. I myself can't forget that she is a kind, wonderful person full of laughter. I am very grateful that she Is my principal.

halena Posted over a year ago

She the best principal on earth. She even gives us clubs at the end if we want to join. She's always in a perfect mode.

Jordan Spearman Posted over a year ago

She is a great leader and shows leadership towards us as students of Barbara C. Jordan. We Are all treated equally and Respectfully, And she's a perfect role model for our school and she deserves this nomination.

Mykal Taylor Posted over a year ago

Wonderful teacher she helped me through school . Loving and caring person .

Lenitra finch Posted over a year ago

Shenelle is one of the most talented people i know , that is a huge impact on her family life and positive role model for them . Dr. Dubose pushes you to the Max without even knowing and that’s one of her many great talents. Being such a great person you couldn’t even cross her path without feeling some type of warmth in your body due to the fact that she has the most amazing personality God can give a person . Shenelle is most definitely a life changer and a award winner without even receiving an award !

LaShayla Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose is one of many great teacher's I have had in my schooling. She has a way of putting a fire in that never goes out, she motivates you, she encourages you, she make sure that she's there for you whenever you need some one to talk to, or just if you need help on your work. Dr. DuBose really wants her students to the best they can be and get the most out of your education.

Lenisha Finch Posted over a year ago

I want to let you know how much we appreciate your investment in our lives. You are an amazing role model for many and example of how to persevere in difficult times. I am so lucky to have someone who not only inspires me but also our future children. You always go above and beyond to show your love and care for any team you're apart of. We're so grateful for your efforts

Shaina Davis Posted over a year ago

Since day one Dr. DuBose has been a great inspiration in my life, and I can honestly say that is one of the best things that has ever happened to me! She always provide encouragement to help myself as well as others, her determination is exceptional which makes me feel that I have been lucky and thankful to have her in my life. Dr. DuBose definitely deserves the life changer of the year award! She always have a positive attitude and her strength to hang on during difficult times is amazing. “Feel It, Believe it, Dream it, Be it”

Miasha Shannon Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose is an inspiration to all. She does everything from her heart and with purpose. You can see her dedication in her work and the success of her students. She is truly changing lives everyday.

Jimmie Adams III Posted over a year ago

My mom deserves this award. She works all the time and really cares about her students. Not only that, she cares about the teachers. At home she is always talking about what she is going to do to make the teachers and students better at school. When she is putting things together for them I sometimes wish I worked at her school. I don't even think they know how much energy she puts into her job. And she never complains. She will tell me and my brothers how it is our job to help others. She works at her school, she works at my school and people are always calling her for advice. This tells me she must be pretty valuable because they value her opinion. I have a good principal but the type of good my mother is different. I have had 3 principals and none of them do the types of things I see my mom doing. We see kids in the stores all the time and they just run up to her and hug her. I would never hug my principal. I hope she wins because people who work the hardest alot of times get overlooked. She doesn't care if she wins. I do because she is doing equity work at her school and my school and they are very different school systems. I just want her to see that she can have equity too. Thank you for reading this.

Katy-Jane Johnson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Dubose is an outstanding and inspirational educational leader. She truly believes in the power of exceptional instruction and strong relationships. Her energy and positive leadership inspired her staff and students to be better everyday. Every building that Dr. Dubose has worked in is a better and stronger community because of her.

Lillian Blackshear-Summers Posted over a year ago

When one speaks of a Life changer, you think of Dr. Dubose! She has been able to change the lives of so many people in our building. Students, parents, and staff members find it easy to follow her lead. She introduces new ideas and concepts that include an avenue for all of us to participate. We have embarked upon several new adventures like; Genius Days, all school Math Night at the Magic House, school-wide celebrations, school-wide movies at an off sight theater, fundraisers to support the learning, and after school clubs to enhance math, science, reading, and athletic skills. She is an amazing leader. Our building is a friendly, welcoming learning environment, because of her leadership! Congratulations!.

Abby Crawford Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose is an incredible leader and partner to our organization. She is responsive, clear and stead fast in her aggressive pursuit of goals for her students. She shares the victories and struggles of her campus with candor, inviting her partners to contribute and support the path that Barbara C Jordan is on. As a partner, I deeply appreciate this. This means that our Teaching Artists are able to align and work in service of Dr. DuBose's priorities. This is a game changer! She is incredibly deserving of this honor.

Melissa Moussalli Posted over a year ago

I have had the privledge of working with Dr. Dubose for the past three years. She was my first introduction to The School District of University City and has made an incredible impression on my life as an educator. Her leadership, integrity and beliefs in children are demonstrated daily through her actions and words. Through her mentorship I have continued to grow my skills as an educator and coach. Dr. Dubose keeps the students and their families as the center of focus in all she does. This includes literacy and math events that support school-home connections, after school clubs aimed at changing culture and academic growth, and genius days that inspire students to change the world. Dr. Dubose has changed the lives of so many, including mine.

Janelle Velten Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose has a beautiful ability to stay focused on the big picture and achieving long term goals while making the students and teachers at her school feel valued everyday. She is the perfect blend of leader and caretaker.

Riley Posted over a year ago

dr. dubose is a really sweet nice and loyal princapal so can you please pick her

Melissa Cuatianquiz Posted over a year ago

Dr.Dubose she knew that we are here to learn so every month we have something special in our school

AMAYAH RICE Posted over a year ago

DR.DUBOSE SWEET AND KIND

Aveon Robinson Posted over a year ago

I want to vote for Dr.Bose because she let us play doge ball when we have perfect attindance and she let us come to school every day to get a egecation that is why i want to vote for her

kereen Posted over a year ago

dr.dubose she knew the we are kind to other people

gabriellajones Posted over a year ago

DR.DUBOSE IS THE BEST. and she love all of us and we all love her and she helps us with our education and we have genius day you get to go in any class you want that you like.like spaces and we have lots of fun so vote for DR . dU.BOSE LOVE YOU

KayleighLloyd Posted over a year ago

Dr. Dubose is kind and helpful and chick on us. Dr Dubose is so grate i wish she was my mom.

Aaron Anderson Posted over a year ago

she has genius days for us and she give us incentives for coming to school

dmarcus keathley Posted over a year ago

We get good education. We get to do fun things when we come to school.

melanie smith Posted over a year ago

I hope you win because you are the best.

jamiah neely Posted over a year ago

Ms. Dubose is nice to everyone and puts a smile on everyone.

Bria Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Dubose is one of the most inspirational, supportive, and kind people I know. Being my first year teaching, her patience and support have really helped me find my way. She encourages and practices strong relationships between teachers, staff, and students, and has made BCJ a place where everyone feels like family. Her openness and flexibility do not go unnoticed in our building and community, as she constantly goes out of her way to ensure all needs are met. It is such a pleasure and a privilege to get to work with Dr. Dubose every day.

Terris R. Posted over a year ago

Dr.Dubose is an wonderful principal she helps us learn and she teaches us to do our best and also not to give up until we reach the end.

Mariah Allen Posted over a year ago

Hello I am a student,at Barbara C Jordan. I love Ms. DuBose she is the best. She plays doge ball with us in killer boats and still totaly rocks.

DeAnna Anderson Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Dubose is my favorite principal of all ever since i came to this school this was the right school and the right principal she treat me like her best friend this a fantastic school and i don't want to leave this school but i got to go to middle school. But if Mrs.Dubose was the principal at the middle school i will be super duper happy. I love her just like i love my family and god she is worlds most favorite awsome principal i ever had

Corey c. scott Posted over a year ago

Dr.DuBose is the best principal in the world. Did you know that Dr.DuBose had the highest college degree in college. she always let us have fun and she do special events.I also like her pto people who come here and do fundraizer and other thing .thank you mrs.dubose and i hope you have a very special year until then see you later.

VICTOR ESCORCIA Posted over a year ago

She is great person that lets kids play play doge ball well if we behave. And makes everything fair she knows what to do in every situation.

heaven willingham Posted over a year ago

Dr.Dubose is a good leader to our school she gives us a lot of options to express our self

DEMITRIA TAYLOR Posted over a year ago

DR.DUbose is our school principal..

kip rodgers Posted over a year ago

DR.DUBOSE congrats on getting a award and your the best principal in the world and you never let people down i had a great life in this in this school

ronnie m. Posted over a year ago

She is a nice caring loving principal. Is top notch hard worker.

Isaiah D. Host Posted over a year ago

Thank for letting use have a school year

Rashida McKinley Posted over a year ago

Dr. Dubose is a phenomenal educator and leader. She is caring, supportive, loves the community and students she serves. Absolutely a life changer!

Tammie Wright Posted over a year ago

From a special education teacher's perspective, Dr. DuBose has been a wonderful example of a leader who thinks of ALL students as HER students. She builds a relationship with each and every student, whether they are model students or whether they are students who struggle. Students know she loves them and that she expects the very best they can give every day. Having a leader who cares as much as she does makes a huge difference in our school community.

Ms. Holliday Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose, a Life Changer, she is! I've had the extreme pleasure of working with Dr.DuBose for several years. Her motivation & dedication to bring about change for the school is obvious and as a whole, can not be measured! The overall success of Barbara C. Jordan is of utmost important to her and this can be seen her many ideas & suggestions she presents....all with positive feedback. I've seen great thing happening here over the years and I look forward to even better, with Dr. DuBose leading the way! The staff, parents as well as students regard her as a great leader, we are honored to have her here!

Christine Parks Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose is an innovative leader that works UNTIL her ideas are planned, organized and implemented. She is a deep thinker which allows her to observe, analyze and communicate effective strategies for change and provided positive feedback. She takes time to speak personally to staff members about their lives and their interests. Dr.DuBose has a vision for Barbara C. Jordan Elementary to become the best possible community school, whereby students, families, staff and community members build meaningful relationships. #LIFECHANGING

Nancy Luebbers Posted over a year ago

Mrs. DuBose is my personal life changer. Because of her, I was named the 2017 U-City teacher of the year. It was because of her support and the letters that she wrote that I went on to be named a regional teacher of the year and one of 7 finalists for Missouri teacher of the year. Mrs. DuBose has faith in all of her teachers. She give us guidance, when needed but gives us room to grow and take risks in the classroom. Our school has changed 10 fold she came to work with us. We would not be where we are without her.

Fareda Posted over a year ago

I have had the honor of calling Shenelle my friend for over three decades. It is with great honor and pleasure that I share with you just a brief glimpse of who she is and what she does for everyone that she encounters. She is and has been one of my nearest and dearest friends. As a friend she is extremely loyal and trustworthy. As an educator and leader the word dedicated instantly comes to mind. Shenelle works tirelessly to ensure that both her students and staff feel listened to and valued. She would be an excellent recipient of an award of this caliber based on the fact that she exudes the very essence of what a life-changer does. Shenelle approaches each day with a positive attitude that is infectious. Her optimism shines just the right amount of light on each and every person she encounters. Shenelle’s very presence is that of someone who changes lives daily. From the smile she greets her students with to the encouraging words that she imparts on her staff; Shenelle is a phenomenal woman and friend.

Emily Puls Posted over a year ago

Dr.Dubose is a fantastic, supportive and positive leader in our community. She has created new ways for students to become actively engaged in their own education. Our students are allowed time to purse their own interest and show off amazing things they have learned. She has brought new after school activities to our students to keep them focused on success and learning how to be the best. She shows us a way to have fun with our students and have them learning in every step. She has been a wonderful influence on our students and community. Creating high expectations and greater opportunities.

Anitra Mahari Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose is an exceptional leader. She strives to empower every student no matter the circumstances. She sets high expectations in addition to ensuring that plans are in place to support those expectations. She advocates for a growth mindset. It has been both a privilege and a honour to work with Dr. DuBose. She is a compassionate leader with an intentional focus on the whole child. She is a life changer.

Eric Lytle Posted over a year ago

Dr. Dubose is always willing to help students. I've known her all my life and feel she always has time to change people's live's.

Fareda Posted over a year ago

I have had the honor of calling Shenelle my friend for over three decades. It is with great honor and pleasure that I share with you just a brief glimpse of who she is and what she does for everyone that she encounters. She is and has been one of my nearest and dearest friends. As a friend she is extremely loyal and trustworthy. As an educator and leader the word dedicated instantly comes to mind. Shenelle works tirelessly to ensure that both her students and staff feel listened to and valued. She would be an excellent recipient of an award of this caliber based on the fact that she exudes the very essence of what a life-changer does. Shenelle approaches each day with a positive attitude that is infectious. Her optimism shines just the right amount of light on each and every person she encounters. Shenelle’s very presence is that of someone who changes lives daily. From the smile she greets her students with to the encouraging words that she imparts on her staff; Shenelle is a phenomenal woman and friend.

Anita Qualls Posted over a year ago

Where do I begin? Dr. DuBose has been such an inspiration to me to become who I am today than who I was when she first arrived at Barbara C. Jordan five years ago. She has allowed me to grow and explore who I could become by facing my fears and my true potential. Dr. DuBose is a true leader in very thing she does and is not afraid for others to show and use their leadership skills. I must admit that I believe she is my personal Life Changer. I greatly appreciate Dr. DuBose.

Rebecca Soriano Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure and honor to work with Dr. Shenelle Dubose in my role as Coordinator of State and Federal Programs. Over the course of our time working alongside one another, I have been witness to her amazing leadership, organization, and communication skills. Our collaborative time together always ends in action, which I think is her greatest strength. Her ability to assess a situation, come up with viable solutions and then implement the actions with fidelity is unprecedented, but even more profound is her skills in relationship building. She has the keen ability to read people and this has benefited her in her leadership roles here in the School District of University City. Dr. Dubose is also extremely intelligent and driven to succeed, not for herself, but for the teachers and students under her care. She will not leave a stone unturned if it will benefit students as it relates to academic achievement and social and emotional needs. Dr. Dubose can think outside of the box when it comes to meeting the needs of students and staff. I feel so proud to know her and lucky to have had the opportunity to learn and grow from her leadership. She is my "Life Changer."

Genesa Page Posted over a year ago

I've have known Dr. DuBose for over 10 years and in that time she has always been my go to educator for advice when it comes to leadership and creating a caring and nurturing culture and climate in the schools. The advice that she gives is the most simplest and obvious things, but as she is speaking with you she makes you look at it as if why didn't you think of that yourself. Dr. DuBose never speaks to you as if you are beneath her, she speaks to you as a true colleague. I am very proud to call Dr. Shenelle DuBose my lifelong friend and mentor. She is truly worthy of this great honor.

Joslyn Richardson Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose is an excellent example of a caring and considerate leader. I love how she advocates for each and every student, staff member, and parent. Dr. DuBose strives to build and maintain community connections and involve our families as much as possible, recognizing that it takes a village to raise our students. She takes us to CHURCH at times with her straightforward observations and speeches but we know that she truly has the interests of the students and school at heart. The school has seen great improvement over the years with Dr. DuBose's visionary leadership. Thanks for being a mentor, coach, and one of the best leaders I have worked under!

Brenda Montgomery Posted over a year ago

Ever since I have started to work under Dr. Dubose leadership; I have learned a lot which really helps me to become a better person. Dr. Dubose is not just a leader to me but she is also an inspiration. Her hard work has been encouragement to me to move higher and thinker bigger. It is an honor to work for someone of her statue. It is one thing to be a principal, another thing to be a mentor but a completely different thing to be a leader. I am proud to be led by a principal, mentor and friend like Dr. Dubose. Thanks for everything. I could never write enough words to express the gratitude I have for Dr. Dubose.

Jill Rogers Posted over a year ago

I have had the honor of working with Dr. Dubose since she started working as principal at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School. Dr. Dubose told us right away that we had to take a hard look at our data - reading and math proficiency on the MAP, student and teacher attendance, discipline, PLC data and parent involvement. Her student-centered approach to instruction, engagement, culture, and discipline has moved us toward the changes in data that are gaining attention. However, what I would like to acknowledge about Dr. Dubose is something that is impossible to chart. I believe that Dr. Dubose deserves this honor, over other nominees, not just because she has put in her blood, sweat and tears but because she has never sacrificed her integrity, good humor, or belief that education can and should be equitable. Dr. Dubose cares about students, our families, and bridging the achievement gap - she has never made one decision or misstep without these things as her compass. I can't imagine anyone else more deserving of this award.

Christina Bell Posted over a year ago

This is my first year teaching and in this district. I am so lucky to have a principal like Dr. DuBose. She has been very welcoming and supportive. I truly feel like I have found my niche at BCJ! Since August, she has already acted as my TIL, life coach (inside joke), and of course my principal. She is very encouraging and inspirational. She understands that it takes a big heat to teach and she reminds and thanks us often. I am constantly shown appreciation for the job I do every day. Thank you Dr. DuBose for everything you have done, I am so happy and proud of you!

Teresa Borum Posted over a year ago

I have been under the leadership of Dr.Dubose for three years. She has helped me personally and professionally. Any new information that could help us individually and as a team she is more than willing to share. She is smart, data driven, and hardworking. She is a natural born leader and she is very knowledgeable of taking an urban district to new heights. Under her leadership our school has seen continuous growth that I believe will continue from years to come.

Stacy Montgomery Posted over a year ago

Ever since I have started to work under Dr. Dubose leadership; I have learned a lot which really helps me to become a better person. Dr. Dubose is not just a leader to me but she is also an inspiration. Her hard work has been encouragement to me to move higher and thinker bigger. It is an honor to work for someone of her statue. It is one thing to be a principal, another thing to be a mentor but a completely different thing to be a leader. I am proud to be led by a principal, mentor and friend like Dr. Dubose. Thanks for everything. I could never write enough words to express the gratitude I have for Dr. Dubose.

Amy Pearson Posted over a year ago

I can't say enough great things about Dr. Dubose. It's hard to even find where to start. As a first year teacher, I was inspired by Dr.Dubose's confidence and enthusiasm for her new teachers and staff. She provides wonderful insight no matter what the topic is. She is caring and understanding of everyone in the building. She gets to know the students and is able to build a relationship with all of them. Students see her as someone who they can go to when they need someone who will be an advocate for their voice. Dr. Dubose is constantly checking on how she can best support everyone and truly cares about the success of our students. I was overwhelmed with pride and joy when I saw she was nominated for this. She has made an impact on my life already and I can only imagine what she will do in the future. Way to go Dr. Dubose! You are a new role model that has come into my life and I am thankful everyday for you!

Lainey Ruth Posted over a year ago

I am thankful for Dr. DuBose's commitment to creating a school culture that values authentic learning experiences. Genius days, field trips, meaningful school partnerships, and after-school activities that Dr. DuBose initiates and supports make a big difference in the learning of our students. I also appreciate her leadership in addressing current events that affect students and teachers, such as informational blog posts in the aftermath of the Jason Stockley verdict in September 2017. Thank you, Dr. DuBose--you are a life changer!

Julie Hernandez Posted over a year ago

I can attest to the fact that Dr. Dubose places the utmost importance on academic achievement and success for all students, teachers and families. She truly cares about each child's overall well being. She works closely with high-needs students and does what she can to help them self-monitor their choices. She holds the bar high for everyone in the building (students, teachers, and families) in a positive manner. She strives to make each day an excellent one for everyone around her. She is a valuable member of our team!

Victoria Stevens Posted over a year ago

Dr. Dubose came to our school during a time of despair. We were in need of a leader who could positively change our culture. 5 years later, our culture is one of strength and supporting one another. She puts our students first and thrives to give them every opportunity she can find. She reaches out to the community to help support numerous programs to help increase engagement and student learning. I have learned a great deal from Dr. Dubose.

Crystal Cauley Posted over a year ago

Dr. Dubose is a fine example of strong leadership that works. She is a positive voice for children, families, staff, and administrators. As a colleague and peer of Dr. Dubose, I have had the privilege of working with her while listening to her ideas and insights. Her work is inspiring. She wants for our district students what she wants for her children. It is a pleasure to be on the same team!

J. Adams Posted over a year ago

Shenelle works extremely hard and is compassionate about this work. She not only works in her school but in schools around the community. She is always willing to share her strategies and mentor others. She has been leading a parent in the Clayton School District and the traction they have gained has been really good. You will find another who touches and changes lives the way Dr. DuBose does. With the succees she has had she has literally changed generations of families lives by ensuring they are reading on grade level. If you knew her you would know this is mission for her.

Susan Bradely Buse Posted over a year ago

We are thankful that Dr. DuBose's commitment transcends any one city's boundaries to impact regional realities. We so value and appreciate the expertise and time she shares with us in supporting our Clayton school district children and families on issues of racial equity and community.

Shironda DuBose Posted over a year ago

Awesome choice!!! Dr. DuBose is nothing less of the things spoken above. She is always encouraging others to be better in every area of life and is definitely a joy to have around. All children love and gravitate to her. Dr. DuBose is very deserving of this award and I'm sure her humbleness won't allow her to believe she does. Congratulations Dr. DuBose!!!

Lori Willis Posted over a year ago

Dr. DuBose understands what it takes to make a difference for today's students and she and her team are dedicated to that goal. I have had the opportunity to watch her present information on her school and the progress of teachers and students. Her passion for education and the great expectations she holds for each and every one shines through. She has created a culture of teamwork, creativity and innovation and is courageous in her approach to do what is best in order ensure student success.

Ellen Bern Posted over a year ago

I first worked with Dr. DuBose when she was an administrator at U. City High School. The business community provided funding so that some students could attend private ACT test prep classes. Dr. DuBose worked with the students who participated, and followed up with each of them, especially if they missed a class. This level of dedication and understanding of our students was both impressive and effective. When the district transferred her from the high school to Barbara Jordan I was first upset, but then agreed that our most talented staff should be leading our lowest performing school. That decision has resulted in huge academic growth for these students. I have seen DuBose work closely with staff at regular grade level meetings so that all teachers can become stronger at their craft and really reach all of our kids. We are in the second year of an after school Math Club tutoring program focused at third and fourth grade students who need help mastering math facts. Our 14 volunteer tutors are making a difference for the students, and are continually impressed with the level of support and quality of the teaching staff. DuBose is very receptive to suggestions and requests from the tutors. The school is hosting a family dinner next week to help support this program, as the tutors suggested. Finally, Genius Days is a genius idea. I volunteer with nine students who are writing their own book. When you walk into the building you can feel the energy and excitement. Frankly, I never expected such young kids to be so seriously interested in writing. Several in my group are already writing on their own, so this opportunity to write and illustrate a book that will be professionally published is a real thrill. What an outstanding way to support basic reading, writing and critical thinking skills while developing a love for learning. I only hope that this program is expanded to all of our elementary schools. It is truly that fabulous! I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Principal Dr. Shenelle DuBose!