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Michelle Simmons

2024 Honoree

Michelle Simmons is a native of Charleston, SC where she grew up in downtown Charleston and matriculated through the schools of Charleston County School District. She is a mighty bulldog through and through having graduated from Burke High School, South Carolina State University, and The Citadel.

Over the last 26 years, Ms. Simmons has honorably served CCSD as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, Executive Director, and Associate Superintendent of the Elementary Learning Community.

In her current role as Chief Academic Officer, Michelle is tasked with leading nine of the district’s academic departments. She believes that her team’s work resides at the heart of teaching and learning and is grounded in Leading well and Serving well. Providing support around curriculum, instruction, and assessment is the core work of the Learning Services division. Ms. Simmons serves on the Superintendent’s Cabinet and works alongside a team dedicated professionals.

Ms. Simmons is passionate about education and believes that an education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. She is a powerful example of what can happen for scholars when their potential is recognized and nurtured.

She is the proud mother to one son, Ahmad, a graduate of Claflin University.

View this year’s Honorees, or browse our archive of previous honorees.

Celebrate Women Who Lead

Dress for Success Charleston County is honored to celebrate groundbreaking women in leadership positions for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day 2024.

Women play a pivotal role in driving corporate and economic gains as well as social and cultural change, and they deserve to be recognized.

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