Michael Simms, a vice principal at North Point High School, has been named by the Board of Education as acting principal at the school, effective April 15. Simms replaces North Point Principal Kimberly Hill, who was appointed today by the Board of Education as Charles County Public Schools next Superintendent of Schools.
Hill's superintendency begins July 1, following that of James E. Richmond who is leaving at the end of the 2012-13 school year after 17 years as Superintendent and 47 years with the school system. As of April 15, Hill will begin working alongside Richmond and school system staff to transition into the position.
Simms said he is honored to be selected for this opportunity. “I would like to thank Mr. Richmond and the Board of Education for their confidence in me by selecting me to be the acting principal of North Point High School. I feel this is quite an honor,” Simms said.
Hill notified parents today of the change and said that Simms will be an outstanding leader. “Mr. Simms has the experience, vision and temperament to be an outstanding principal. Our school will be in excellent hands under his leadership,” Hill said. Simms will remain the acting principal at North Point until the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Simms is a lifelong educator with more than 33 years of experience as a teacher, counselor and vice principal with Charles County Public Schools. He began his career at La Plata High School in 1980 as a social studies teacher and also taught at Maurice J. McDonough High School. Simms took a position as a school counselor at John Hanson Middle School in 1990, and transferred to the counseling department at Westlake High School in 1994. In 2000, Simms was named a vice principal at Westlake and later transferred to Mattawoman Middle School as a vice principal in 2004. He was named a vice principal at North Point in 2008.
Simms has a Bachelor's of Science from Salisbury State College, now known as Salisbury University, and a Master's of Education with a concentration in guidance and counseling from Bowie State University.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.