- Golden Apple Award recipient (Michigan) – Oct. 1, 1998.
- 2017 Bus Driver of the Year – selected by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
Sheldrake has been employed with the district since 2012. She has worked with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) for a few years.
Sheldrake has near perfect attendance – she even comes in when feeling sick. She keeps a very clean and neat bus, she’s very safety-conscious and she is a very responsible, caring and giving individual. She is a model employee with a positive attitude every day. Parents and students alike both adore her.
Using her First Observer skills and training, she noticed there was an older male sitting in a vehicle at one of the bus stops on her route every day. He was focused on only one of the girls in a group of teens walking home. This particular student ended up walking by herself part of the way home. Sheldrake had a strange feeling, and did not like the way the older male was focused on this one girl, and she especially didn’t like the way he was looking at her. Sheldrake contacted the mother to give her a heads-up about her concerns. Then with permission and a minor route adjustment, she started dropping the girl off closer to her home away from the gentleman in the van. He continued to sit near the bus stop daily.
After her route the very next day, she reported it to the safety Specialist, who in turn contacted local law enforcement for assistance and further observation at the bus stop. For the next few days, law enforcement observed the older male at the bus stop with no students approaching his vehicle. They ran his tags and questioned him. The suspect has not been at that bus stop since then. Through her caring efforts and by keeping a student’s safety first and foremost, she may have prevented a potential child abduction scenario from happening.