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Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
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Wilmington University Alumna, Adjunct Professor Wins National Leadership Award

Jennifer Nauman is first Delaware school principal to receive prestigious award.

Jennifer Nauman, a 2001 graduate of Wilmington University’s Master of Education program, now principal of Shields Elementary School in Lewes, Delaware, received the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership at the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

According to the Delaware Department of Education, Nauman is the first Delaware principal to receive this award. She is one of seven Terrel H. Bell Award recipients nationwide. 

Nauman, who resides in Lewes, has been the principal at Shields for three years. She also teaches a course, MSE 7404: Assisted Technology, at Wilmington University as an adjunct professor. 

“I am delighted to receive such a recognition that is based on hard work from my entire school community: the teachers, the staff, the students and the parents,” Nauman said upon receiving her award. 

The Terrel H. Bell Award, named for former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell, recognizes outstanding school leaders for the vital role they play in guiding students and schools to excellence, frequently under challenging circumstances. Principals selected for this award are school leaders committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools and who do “whatever it takes” to help their students meet high standards.  

Colleagues say Nauman achieved success at Shields through several endeavors, including maintaining constant communication with stakeholders, creating a school improvement team and developing a shared vision that prioritized high standards while remaining focused on continuous improvement. 

In addition to her M.Ed. degree, Nauman also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Delaware. She is a National Board Certified teacher.

When it came time to obtain her Master’s degree, Nauman looked no further than Wilmington University.

“I attended the University to further my education in a capacity where I could still teach,” she said. “I knew I would be getting instruction from practitioners, not professors who teach about theory. I knew that people who were actually in the administrative field would give me the real-world perspective one needs to be a school leader.” 

For more information on the Terrel H. Bell Award, visit the Delaware Department of Education Newsroom on their website. 

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Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Lewes, DE