Dr. Virginia Simmons is presently a teacher of English and teacher trainer in Khabarovsk, Russia. Her permanent home is in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is also an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of Education and a former English Language Fellow at the National University of Cambodia in Battambang.
During previous years, Dr. Simmons was the Special Education Specialist and English Language Teacher at the Heritage International School in Chisinau, Moldova and the Instructor of English for students and staff (including blind students) at TISBI University in Kazan, Russia.
She has a strong educational background and experience in several areas of education with an intensive concentration in special education. She received her PhD in Special Education and Education Administration from Kent State University and focused her dissertation on Gifted with Learning Disabilities.
She has over 45 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at the local, regional, and state levels in the public school systems of two states. She is an adjunct professor at several universities in the United States and has been a state and national leader in professional organizations. Dr. Simmons was a workshop leader and keynote speaker at UNESCO Conferences in Kazan, Russia and has led workshops in conferences throughout the world.
Virginia has published several articles about the work that she has done and was published as one of the authors in a book concerning the psychology of English Language teachers. Dr. Simmons considers her work at InterAmerican Academy in Guayaquil as one of her greatest accomplishments of life. The opportunity to work with a Student Support Team who developed a comprehensive and detailed plan for student support was only surpassed by the team’s devotion to share and learn through the organization and implementation of the First International Inclusion Conference in 2020.