South Fulton’s Own and Fulton County School System Veteran Takes the Helm as One of a Six Part Leadership Team
During the May Board meeting with the Atlanta Board of Education, Dr. Dan A. Sims was approved as an Associate Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Sims officially began his new role on July 1. Here he will directly support and lead all high school principals and associated leaders as they push for excellence in student achievement. This will include leading a core instructional support team specifically established to provide academic guidance to each school. He is one of a team of six Associate Superintendents who serve directly under the Chief Schools Officer of the district. Dr. Sims currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Principals Center at GA State University and the Reigning Hope Foundation.
Dr. Sims served as the proud principal of Tri-Cities High School (his Alma Mater) in East Point since 2010. He is a graduate of Georgia State University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership. As a high school principal, he was responsible for increases in SAT scores, decreases in student disciplinary infractions, increases in graduation rate, and the development of a supportive and loving climate for students while in school. For the last 21 years, he has been employed with the Fulton County School system as a math teacher, coach, and administrator. Prior to returning to Tri-Cities, Sims served as principal at Paul D. West Middle School from 2003-2010 (a school he attended as a child).
Dr. Sims is a product of South Fulton, a shining example of the success students in Fulton County schools can achieve. He really loves this community, saying, “I have spent the better part of my life as a resident of South Fulton, and I am impressed with the obvious commitment to continuous community improvement. We are miles from where we used to be, and there seems to be an ever-growing focus on how we can improve our community for the many families who trust and enjoy living here.”
Dr. Sims and his beautiful wife Traci, also an educator, have been married for 20 years. They have one son – Jordan (13 years old and a Sandtown student) and two daughters – Lauren (in heaven) and Kamille (10 years old and a rising Sandtown student).
Sims is a faithful member of the Simpson Street Church of Christ. He has worshipped there since 1989 as a member. Dr. Sims serves as a youth/assistant minister and song leader. He also teaches the Adult Sunday School class. His most recent ventures included a visit to Barbados to train principals, deputy principals, and chief officers in the Ministry of Education on Innovative Leadership and School Management.
In 2012 Dr. Sims was named Principal of the Year for the Fulton County School System. This year his family was featured in the online version of Ebony Magazine, chosen as one of the “Coolest Black Families in America.” One of his greatest honors is being a 17-year cancer survivor. Dr. Sims’ hobbies include playing golf, baseball, swimming, weight lifting, writing, public speaking, and spending time with his family.