LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Tera Simmons

Position: Assistant Superintendent for Administration
School: Hoover City Schools
School District: Hoover City Schools
City, State: Hoover, AL

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Tera Simmons was nominated by an anonymous colleague.

Dr. Tera Simmons embodies the mission of the LifeChanger of the Year Program.  She always keeps a spotlight on student safety.  As Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Dr. Simmons has been tasked with directing, managing, and organizing district safety efforts.  She does not view this role as a burden, however.  She views this as a calling.  Among her many duties, Dr. Simmons orchestrates Intruder Drills across all district campuses.  She was instrumental in hiring her school system's first-ever Mental Health Specialist. 

Dr. Simmons also collaborates with school administrators to ensure Threat Assessment protocols have been followed and reporting databases have been accurately maintained. She organized training on the Salem Keizer Threat Assessment, helped implement an app-based, one-button lockdown system, collaborated with area law enforcement agencies on a full-scale active shooter drill, and collaborated with the Hoover Fire Department on employee tourniquet training.

Dr. Simmons proactively arranges periodic, ongoing meetings with emergency management agency directors, city administrators, and law enforcement officials to gauge school system safety preparedness. Safety proves central to her district's educational mission.  In fact, the word safe is the first adjective in the school system's mission statement. After all, if students are not safe - or do not feel safe - how can they learn?

Comments (4)

John Hall Posted over a year ago

Dr Simmons is truly an amazing person .. She is dedicated to every task that’s given her .. Her willingness to ensure the safety of students and faculty are impressive and deserve recognition at the highest levels of accomplishment.. the years of training and life’s experiences have proven to be beneficial in not only upper leadership directives but her own personal ones as well .. Recognition from your peers is a great honor but knowing that the training she has received and the commitment that she has made to ensure our children and staff can work and learn in the safest of environments are rewards and accolades enough .. thank you for considering this wonderful one of a kind person

Tiffany Bynum Posted over a year ago

Tera is an amazing person and she is so deserving of all the recognition. She is so humble, kind, and caring to everyone she comes in contact with. Congratulations on this great honor! Well deserved!

Rusty Lowe Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination. Much deserved! Hope to see you soon.

Rusty Lowe Posted over a year ago

Dr. Simmons does a great job supporting safety of the students and employees of the Hoover Schools. She sets the highest example of any school administrator around!