Member Spotlight: Todd Simmons

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We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Todd Simmons, Principal, Pewamo-Westphalia MS/HS

How long have you worked in education?
A total of 16 years = 3 years @ PW MS/HS as Industrial Ed. Teacher/JVFB Coach/VBBB Asst. Coach, 2 years @ Central Michigan Univ. as Asst. Mens' Basketball Coach, 2 years @ Tri County MS as Industrial Ed. Teacher/JVFB Coach/MSBBB Coach, and 9 years as PW MS/HS Principal (also served as AD for 5 years)

How long have you been an administrator?
This will be my 10th year in school leadership.

Give us a few personal details.
I am married to my beautiful wife of 7 years (Lindsey), and blessed w/ 3 children: Ronni (5), Braidi (2), and Ty (12 weeks). I love working w/ kids, exercising, playing hoops, and spending time w/ my Family (especially back home in da U.P.)

What do you most value about your MASSP membership?
The thing I value most about my MASSP membership is the professional learning/growth I have experienced through the organization - the PD and supports are unparalleled.

Tell us about a program/initiative at your school that you are proud of.
The program I am most proud of at Pewamo-Westphalia MS/HS is our PLANK peer mentoring program. It has had a significant impact on not only our culture, but moreover, our students' social/emotional/mental safety and mindset PLANK is student-created, student-owned, student-led, and student-focused.

What advice would you have for those who are new to the Principalship?
My advice for any individual that is new to school leadership would be to focus on your daily process rather than overall results by expecting an authentic champion process every day, the results will come as a byproduct.


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Questions? Please contact Chelsey Martinez at chelseym@michiganprincipals.org.