Kimberly Simmons, Director
Kimberly Simmons has been a dedicated educator for over eighteen years. She has served as both a general and special education teacher. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and her Specialist Degree in Teaching and Learning. Ms. Simmons is formerly a Professional Learning Program Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education for the Special Education Services and Support division. Some of her specialty areas include: facilitative leadership, implementation of job-embedded professional learning, coaching, building and sustaining effective co-teaching teams. Ms. Simmons believes in the importance of creating classroom environments wherein student differences are celebrated and supported so that all students have the best opportunity to learn.
Beverly Maxwell, Program Specialist
Beverly Maxwell has spent the past ten years working in the area of special education. She enjoyed years of service in DeKalb County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools and had varied experiences in self-contained, resource, and inclusion settings. Mrs. Maxwell has always been passionate about urban education and advocating for all students to receive quality instruction. Her current interests include brain development, social justice, and providing relevant support to teachers.
Kimberly Thorpe, Program Specialist
A graduate from Spelman College and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, Kimberly Thorpe has spent the last 14 years working in special education and social studies classrooms. Some of her areas of specialty include: behavior management, intellectual disabilities, and improving performance of struggling learners in social studies.
Roberta White, GraduateFIRST Collaboration Coach
Roberta White previously served as the AYP Specialist. She is now serving as a Collaboration Coach for the GraduateFIRST initiative. Mrs. White works with schools in Cobb and Douglas counties in collaboration with the School Improvement Specialists assigned to the same schools.
Deshonda Stringer, GraduateFIRST Collaboration Coach
Dr. Deshonda S. Stringer, currently serves as a GraduateFIRST Collaboration Coach for focus schools in Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to becoming a Collaboration Coach she served as a Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) Director for seven years. D. Stringer has also served as a Special Education Teacher, School Reform Specialist and an Elementary Mathematics Coordinator with the DeKalb County School System.
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