Andrea Simms is a 2008 graduate of Kent State’s master’s in special education program and a current Ph.D. candidate at the university. She has worked in the field of education for 13 years, spending much of that time in the Bahamas as a generalist teacher, an intervention specialist and a professional development consultant. Simms is now a lecturer in SUNY Plattsburgh’s teacher education program.
As a teaching consultant, Simms facilitated numerous face-to-face and online trainings for teachers and administrators throughout the Bahamas. In doing so, she addressed the implementation of academic interventions for struggling students and the provision of positive behavior interventions and supports for students who exhibited challenging behaviors.
Simms also worked with the language arts curriculum team from the Ministry of Education in the Bahamas to revamp the curriculum by incorporating adaptations and modifications for students with disabilities. In addition, she served as a mentor for first year teachers and prospective teachers at The College of The Bahamas.
Her extensive work with students, parents, teachers, prospective teachers, school administrators, district superintendents, Ministry of Education officials and faculty at The College of The Bahamas, resulted in Simms being named the country’s Ninth National Teacher of the Year in April 2010.