Sheila Cummings Community Service Award
Sheila Cummings was born on October 4, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the epitome of a team player who was diligent, determined, and unwavering. She was a motivational educator who mentored new teachers during her career spanning 33 years. Her career ladder included: paraprofessional, lab specialists, teacher, dean of students, and college advisor. Sheila completed MANY hours of community service, volunteering with the following organizations: Pancan.org, American Cancer Society: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, New York Road Runners Club (NYC Marathon), Prospect Park Turkey Trot, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Brownsville Family Shelter.
Sheila Cummings was an educator extraordinaire. She was a selfless science teacher who always put her students first. When she was asked to become a HOSA co-advisor, she wholeheartedly jumped in to mentor, and chaperone HOSA students to conferences. Sheila thoroughly enjoyed attending the NYS HOSA Leadership Conferences and she more often than not, subsidized a student or two who could not pay their hotel registration fees.
After a few years Sheila became the Wm. H Maxwell CTE H.S. Chapter Advisor, and under her leadership, students not only
attended the NYS HOSA Leadership Conferences, but they also qualified for and attended the HOSA National Conferences, held in Nashville, Tennessee, Anaheim, California, Orlando, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois.
HOSA was such a priority in her life that she became a member of NYS HOSA Board of Trustees where she was the Region NYC Advisor and the co-conference chairperson. Even though Sheila retired from the NYC Department of Education she continued her position with NYS HOSA. Sheila lived with an unapologetic love, dedication and passion for her role as an educator, mentor, advisor and friend.
This award will be presented at each Spring Leadership Conference to the top 3 outstanding HOSA members who meet the qualifications. Awards will be given as Gold, Silver, Bronze based on completion of community service hours, two (2) letters of recommendation and an essay.