Atlanta Public Schools Names Rita Simmons 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year

IMG954246Congratulations to Rita Simmons for being named the 2013-2014 APS Teacher of the Year!

Rita Simmons is a gifted and talented teacher of students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Cleveland Avenue Elementary School. Simmons received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida A & M State University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in instructional technology from Georgia Southern University.

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Simmons’ career in education began in Chicago at Westside Preparatory School. After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, Simmons decided to continue her love for teaching by starting a consulting business specializing in school-reform-model professional development for teachers. She has taught in Cobb County as a fifth-grade teacher and transitioned in 2005 as a language arts and social studies teacher at World Changers Academy. An advocate for children, Simmons is also the founder and CEO of a mentoring organization for girls. She is a passionate educator and visionary, and is committed to making a difference beyond the walls of her classroom. Simmons believes that teachers embody the very essence of what it means to educate children.

Finalists for this year’s award included Nathaniel Snyder, Middle School Teacher of the Year from KIPP Ways Academy and Danielle Gilley Costarides, High School Teacher of the Year from North Atlanta High School.

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Click here for the 2013 TOTY Program Photo Gallery

Click here for Districtwide Teacher of the Year Rita Simmons’s Video Profile

Click here for Middle School Teacher of the Year Nathaniel Snyder’s Video Profile

Click here for High School Teacher of the Year Danielle Costarides’s Video Profile

Click here for 2012-2013 APS Teacher of Year Tamika N. Ball’s Farewell Message

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  1. Anyee` Moreland

    We are so very proud of Mrs. Simmons being named Teacher of the Year for the district!! Now everyone gets to see what we see on a daily basis! A true servant of children! Congratulations!

  2. J. Holt-MYrick

    Congratulations to one of the The World Greatest Teachers!!!! I am so blessed to have her in the life of my nephews at Cleveland Ave. School. One who demonstrates a positive role model within herself as well as others. An encourager, motivator, and great leader who bring out the best in all students. May “Rita Simmons” continue to bless now and in all her future endeavors.

    Mrs. J. Holt-Myrick

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