Dealing with change is hardly ever easy for anyone, but Antonio Shelton, Ed.D, a UC graduate of the class of 2002, has learned to embrace it, having transitioned to school administrator after teaching. An ambitious, charismatic leader and graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH), Shelton is now the principal of Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, OH. In the past 10 years alone, he has encouraged students from three local high schools, as an assistant principal and principal, to embrace change as a process and with a positive attitude, a lesson he learned from a UC CECH professor that still sticks with him today. He recounts, “My professor taught me to understand that change is a process that takes time and to have patience.”
Shelton knew he wanted to be an educator ever since he was young. A dad of one of his childhood friends worked as a teacher and through watching him, Shelton came to realize that he wanted to help others professionally in that way as well. This idea was further encouraged when he gained teaching experience through tutoring others in college. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History at Hampton University, Antonio went on to The Ohio State University for his Master’s in Education. He taught history at Northwest and Sycamore High Schools in Cincinnati, where he was able to design his own courses. It was there that he realized how much he enjoyed writing and creating curricula and pursued a degree at UC that would give him the tools to do so.
Shelton continued his studies at UC and completed his second Master of Education degree, focusing on Educational Leadership, where he received an education that he says was “one of the best out of the three graduate degrees I have received.” He loved that UC offers the cohort program and that he could take classes in the summer when he was not teaching. He said the professors were extremely helpful and connected in the local community to help graduates find jobs and give great recommendations.
Now, Shelton helps the next group of educators and leaders in CECH’s School of Education area by giving this advice; “Be a positive influence. Educators should enter a classroom with open minds to change and open doors to students. Offer up personal experiences to help educate students with first-hand knowledge.”