Tri-Cities High School Principal Dan Sims directs students through the hallways, urging them to hurry to their classes. It’s time for class to start and Mr. Sims keeps the young people moving like a mother duck leading her brood. He yells out “35 seconds,” as young people, some calling out a greeting, rush by.
“I started my career as a mathematics teacher. Taught for seven amazing years on the high school level and I’ve served as principal for the past five years,” Sims explained during an interview with PBA 30.
“At the end of the day, I believe everybody in this world wants to matter to somebody and at the core of a teacher’s involvement with the kid is his need to make sure that the kid knows that he or she matters to an adult in front of them,” he said.
The hope is in the school house and we hold a primary place in inspiring kids to look beyond this time frame
“It’s so critical for teachers to engage with students,” he added.
That philosophy and his approach to education is a big part of why Dan Sims was chosen Fulton County’s first-ever Teacher of the Year and a PBA American Graduate Champion.
Sims was selected from almost 100 others principals for the honor and Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said it’s easy to see why.
“Anyone who meets Dan Sims, whether it be the first time or the 100th time, walks away feeling the same pride he feels for his school,” Avossa said in a Fulton County Schools press release.
But that’s not all.
“He is an inspirational, high energy leader who does whatever it takes to reach and teach students,” according to Avossa.
Tri-Cities High is located in East Point, where Sims grew up and attended the same school system from kindergarten through 12th grade. The native Georgian and Georgia State University graduate would not only remain close to home, but go on to lead a high school in his hometown.
Sims is not only concerned about his students, but about the community, too.
“A lot of people are losing hope. I think they’re losing hope because of their backgrounds, because of things they’ve seen on TV, unemployment rate, things along that line,” he said.
But Sims also believes there’s a solution to those problems and that it comes through education.
“The hope is in the school house and we hold a primary place in inspiring kids to look beyond this time frame and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
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