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Education

After a tour of majors and universities, I ended up doing the bulk of my undergraduate and all of my graduate studies at Georgia State University in Physics and Astrophysics.  I also dabbled in math, music, and French.

Mrs. Simons standing on a mountain in the Alps

Hiking in the French Alps



Experience

From 1995 to 2001 I taught astronomy and tutored physics and math at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  I designed and taught labs for introductory astronomy classes for both undergraduate and graduate classes.

In 1999 I was honored to have a chance to study stellar astrophysics at the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.Balcony of the Pope's Palace

Balcony of the Pope's palace in Castel Gandolfo

From 2001 to 2013 I taught in North Carolina (Charlotte and Greensboro).  I have had the joy of teaching chemistry, astronomy, algebra, and all levels of physics - both at the high school (including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate) and collegiate levels at High Point University.  Summers, and when I was not teaching at HPU, I worked with NASA's educator institute developing lessons for teachers, I served on the Educatory Advisory Board for Discovery Place museum in Charlotte, NC for 4 years, and was a Piedmont Natural Gas STEM Fellow with TIMCO Aerosystems where I shadowed engineers and designers and developed lessons for middle and high school students to cultivate the skills needed for these professions. I developed district-wide assessments for Physics, Physical Science, and Chemistry both for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Guilford County Schools. I was also an Internal Assessment grader for the International Baccalaureate Programme where I assessed physics lab reports submitted to me from around the world.

In high school and college I marched with the marching bands which lead me to joining the Atlanta Olympic Band.  I performed in the opening and closing ceremonies at the 1996 Olympic Games as well as other public events around the country.  From 2000 - 2010 I served on the board for the Georgia Tech Band Alumni Association.

Atlanta Olympic Band at Lincoln Center in NY

Atlanta Olympic Band in New York for the Macy's Parade in 1994


Starting in 2016 I began working with College Board to score AP Physics exams.

I have sponsored and worked with a variety of clubs and student groups over the years including band, color guard, astronomy, Science National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Interact.

I moved to Alabama in 2013, and I am excited to be part of the Jet Family at JCHS where I helped coach the Color Guard and Winter Guard and work with the Chess Team!



Bio

I am originally from Atlanta, GA.  My husband and I met while playing in the band at Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!).  We lived in various parts of North Carolina for 12 years and moved to Madison, Alabama in 2013.  I have a son and daughter and two cats who keep me busy outside of school.  When I'm not teaching, I like to read, go to movies, play soccer, and go to football games. 

Georgia Tech Logo

Georgia Tech Marching Band