2014 Principal Winner
School: Tri-Cities High School—Fulton County Schools
Dan A. Sims currently serves as principal at Tri-Cities High School. In his 19th year as an educator, he spent 7 years as a math teacher at the same school and 12 years as an assistant principal/principal. He is also an alumnus of both schools he has worked for – Paul D. West Middle School included. A cold Saturday in October provided an opportunity for Sims to volunteer with Teach for America and it changed his life. It was through this experience that he immediately redirected his efforts to pursue the teaching field. He deliberately returned to his neighborhood to teach after graduating with a Math degree (with certification) from Georgia State University in 1995. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and receiving leadership certification, he became an assistant principal at his Alma Mater middle school. After one year, he successfully interviewed for the principal’s role, where he served for 7 years. In 2010, he was selected as principal of his current school Tri-Cities High School. Highlights include being named Principal of the Year on a local and state level as well as his current work as a doctoral student at Georgia State University and candidacy for National Board Certification for principals.