Influencers: Notre Dame Preparatory School

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Angela Simmons, Upper Level Dean of Students |
Notre Dame Preparatory School  

Angela Simmons began her new role as Upper Level Dean of Students Notre Dame Preparatory School on July 1, 2020. Having worked at both the secondary and university levels for over 20 years, she brings a wealth of knowledge in education. Prior to NDP, she served as the Director for the Operation TEACH program at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU). She has also been the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Archbishop Spalding High School and, for three years, as the Director of Admissions at the Institute of Notre Dame. Angela earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University and her Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola College, now Loyola University. She is the mother to three boys, a college freshman, a high school sophomore, and a middle schooler.

What drew you to education?
I have always had an innate desire to work in education. As a child, I spent hours playing school with my stuffed animals, dolls and friends. My mother worked at a Catholic high school which exposed me to the administrative side of education. For me, working in education just feels right.

What do you like about your current school?
I chose to work at NDP because of the school’s rich history in Catholic education. It is a privilege to work in a school that provides a solid and evolving curriculum that equips girls with the tools needed to succeed in a world that is rapidly changing.

What do you hope to achieve in your role?
As the Dean of Students, I hope to ensure each student grows academically, socially, and spiritually. I want every NDP girl to graduate knowing that she was respected and cared for, and if I achieve that then I have done my job.

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