Misha Simmonds '97

Misha and students standing next to Mayor Corey Booker
Be a Teacher. See the World! Misha Simmonds will be the Robert Bosch Fellow in Berlin, Germany. focusing on closing the achievement gap for minorities, immigrants, and refugees

 The Robert Bosch Fellowship which will provide 3 months of language instruction and then 3 months placement in the education ministry (Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenbchaft) and 3 months in an education foundation.

Previously, Misha Simmonds '97 acted as the Executive Director of University Heights Charter School in Newark, NJ, a public school that serves 625 students in grades PreK-8 that is 90% low-income and 100% minority. During his tenure the school has gone from near state closure and bottom rankings in student achievement to state approval for expansion to grades PreK-8 and national recognition through the EPIC Silver-Gain Award for breakthrough student achievement gains.

Having been disappointed by traditional teacher professional development, Misha has implemented a more integrated approach that has been central to the school's growth. The school allocates three full weeks allocated during the summer and 100 minutes of professional development with the principal every 4 cycle days. Through this embedded approach, new techniques are learned, implemented, and evaluated immediately for maximum effectiveness.

Before coming to University Heights, Misha taught middle school for 5 years in Kathmandu, Nepal and Newark, NJ. He also worked 3 years as an Associate Partner for NewSchools Venture Fund and completed a one year internship at North Star Academy in Newark through the New Leaders for NewSchools program. He is an alumni of the Princeton History Department and Teacher Preparation Program. He also earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and an M.Ed. at Baruch College (City University of NY). He welcomes questions and visits at any time and can be contacted at simmonds@alumni.princeton.edu.