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Teacher of the Year 2017-18

Mrs. Eurgentine Jackson Simmons, M.Ed., CAGS

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. - John Dewey

Eurgentine “Tina” Jackson Simmons was educated in the Petersburg Public Schools. She attended Virginia State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She also earned a Post Master’s certification in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has completed extensive continuing education classes and workshops.

As an educator, Mrs. Simmons believes that every child learns in a unique and different way and is capable of success when given the necessary supports, positive encouragement, caring and guidance. This philosophy evolved from the challenges Mrs. Simmons faced, to include early life experiences within the foster care and adoption system. Tina Simmons strives to “teach the whole child” and facilitate a love of lifelong learning. She embraces teachable moments and incorporates life and career lessons to help students achieve academic, personal and professional success. Mrs. Simmons enjoys “giving back “to the community and serving as a role model for positivity and resilience.

Mrs. Simmons currently serves as an Exceptional Education Teacher at Manchester High School, where she holds positions as a Positive Behavioral Intervention Leader, Chess Club Sponsor, Beta Club Sponsor, Wellness Committee member and Diversity Facilitator. She previously served as sponsor of the Umoja Multicultural Club; Junior Class Sponsor; Vocalist; Lancer Steppers Sponsor; Mosaic Dance Team Sponsor and Lancer Academy Freshmen Orientation Program.  She has served on committees and leadership roles within the Chesterfield Education Association and Virginia Education Association.  She was the recipient of the 2008 Manchester High School PTSA Spirit Award, and was a finalist for Manchester High Teacher of the Year 2015-2016.  Tina Simmons has benefited from diverse and multifaceted professional paths. She has held leadership positions in the areas of; Restaurant Management, Safety and Security, Social Work, Mental Health, Human Rights Advocacy, Staff Development and Training, Corrections, Business Management, and Healthcare. Her career has encompassed various locations, such as Virginia, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina.

Tina Simmons is co-host of a national radio show; “Real Women … Real Talk” which is broadcast on The Source 91.3 WVST and aired nationally on Sirius XM Channel 142 HBCU. Mrs. Simmons is a motivational speaker and the developer of the Living History Program featuring “The Spirit of Rosa Parks”.  Her program spotlights prominent historical figures to facilitate character education and social skills. Within the community, Tina is a member of the Virginia State University Greater Petersburg Area Alumni Chapter, where she served as former President and Vice-President.  Tina is an entrepreneur who is the founder and director of “The Finesse Factory”, which teaches social skills, charm, manners and etiquette to youth, adults and professionals.  She also founded “Show-It-Off”, which creates custom graphic designs and photo art.  She is an active and engaged member of Zion Baptist Church, Petersburg, Virginia.

“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care” ― Theodore Roosevelt