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Schools Last Updated: May 16, 2012 - 8:37:22 AM

DIS administrator wins top award with anti-bully message
By Elizabeth Bush
May 9, 2012 - 10:27:32 AM

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Daniel Island School Assistant Principal Shawn Wimmer shined a light on bullying in February by spearheading a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the problem and empowering students to make a positive difference. Now the focus is on her.

Wimmer, who joined the DIS staff last fall, was recently rewarded for her efforts after being named 2012 “Administrator of the Year” by the Tri-County Counselors Association (TCCA).

“The committee was impressed with how a first year administrator had jumped in and accomplished so much,” said Dr. Allison Brown, president-elect of TCCA. “…Of course, the award is given to someone who uses the position to support our counseling efforts, which is exactly what Ms. Wimmer is doing. Not only is she supporting the School Counseling Department, she is rolling up her sleeves and getting right into the mix!”

Wimmer was nominated for the award by DIS guidance counselor Carolyn Aarons, who praised Wimmer for “her relentless efforts in working with our students, staff and families.”

“She truly cares about the culture of our school and the people in it,” wrote Aarons in the award application.

Aarons also detailed Wimmer’s success with the school’s anti-bullying campaign, including leading fifth graders in their participation in an online program called The Bullying Academy. Out of 75 schools in ten states that took part in the effort, Daniel Island School placed first in the nation for their work on the project. In addition to officially dedicating February as “Bully Awareness Month” at DIS, Wimmer created activities with the assistance of the Student Council to help students better understand what bullying looks like and what to do about it. Daily morning announcements, a “Stand Up to Bullying Wall,” door decorating and poster contest, and a culminating rally at Smythe Park involving the whole community are just a few of Wimmer’s many initiatives.   

Daniel Island School Principal Marty French commended Wimmer on her award and called the administrator, who oversees grades 3-5, “a great asset” to the school.

“Her dedication to our mission is admirable and we are very lucky to have her passion and energy to move our school forward in our ‘Anti-Bullying’ program,” said French. “We look forward to next year as we strive to continue to implement programs that help our students learn that their behavior toward their peers is crucial for establishing a healthy learning environment for all.  We realize that our focus on this issue may not solve all of the problems, but we’re proud that we’ve placed our efforts to take a stand against bullying.  I feel like we’re on the right path to supporting a healthy social culture for our students.”
Wimmer completed her undergraduate degree at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and her graduate degree at The Citadel. She resides in Ladson with her husband and two sons.

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