OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Rotary hosted Robert Schell at a recent meeting.
He continued a talk about Edward Austin Sheldon’s early life experiences and how he came to establish and teach in the ‘Ragged School.’
Sheldon saw it as his mission to try to improve the lot of more than 100 extremely poor, mostly immigrant children in Oswego.
The difficulties encountered in teaching in the Ragged School eventually led Sheldon to study the teaching process and organize the teacher training classes that became the Normal School and sent graduates across this country and around the world to found similar teacher training school using Sheldon’s Oswego methods.
Sheldon was the first superintendent of the Oswego City Schools in 1853.
In 1856, he purchased a parcel of land, now known as Shady Shore on the SUNY Oswego campus, where he constructed a home for his family.
It has long since been remodeled and is now home to President Deborah Stanley.
Schell is SUNY Oswego Associate Dean of Students Emeritus.