Outstanding Educator: Erika Simmons

Principal, Mariemont Elementary School

When she’s not getting hugs and high fives from students, Ericka Simmons guides Mariemont to unrivaled levels of success.

Under her direction, the school was honored as one of 349 National Blue Ribbon Schools, receiving the status of “Exemplary High Performing School”. Mariemont also earned the Momentum Award from the State Board of Education of Ohio for the third straight year, formally signifying consistent academic growth.

Despite the recognition, Simmons, in her sixth year, believes there is still room for improvement. “We never arrive at this place of excellence,” she says. “It’s really a journey. Every year our students challenge us and push us towards implementing best practices in the classroom.”

“She is a constant source of support for her staff members, both professionally and personally,” says Alex Lange, director of communications, “and will stop at nothing to make sure her students know they are cared for and loved at Mariemont Elementary.”

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