Sims Honored as May Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to May Holmes Scholar of the Month DeShawn Sims!

Sims is a third-year doctoral student in the counselor education program at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include mobile technology, pedagogical and learning influences in urban classrooms, and creating effective urban educators.

Sims’ nomination stated that she demonstrates regular and impeccable service to the community. With her passion for urban education, she is constantly using her voice to advocate on behalf of this platform. Sims serves with the Urban Initiative Special Interest Group, an Orlando partnership that aims to tackle challenges in urban communities. She has presented at several national conferences and continues to build her curriculum vitae with accomplishments.

Sims strives daily to empower her colleagues and fellow scholars. In addition to conducting research and advocating for urban education, she owns a bakery with her family. Sims also uses this avenue as a platform to build relationships, as she graces her Holmes colleagues often with tasty treats. Moreover, Sims’ dynamic presence and passion indicate that she will leave her legacy in the field of education, according to her nominator.

Some of Sims’ accomplishments include various K-12 teaching certifications. She has most recently presented at the International Conference on Poverty, Globalization, and Schooling, as well as at AACTE’s 2016 Annual Meeting. Further, Sims served as historian on the 2015-2016 Holmes Scholars Council, which included work as editor of the Scholars Report e-newsletter.

Overall, Sims has contributed tremendously to her local and national community. The field of education is lucky to have a scholar of her caliber in its midst.

If you would like to nominate a Holmes Scholar of the Month, contact Terrance McNeil at

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Terrance McNeil

Holmes Scholar, Florida A&M University.