• Claudia King Simpkins


    English IV, College and Career Readiness (CCRS)

    Professional Profile

    Unlike so many educators, I am not the child of a professional educator; however, my parents were very instrumental in instilling in me the value of education.  I began as a psychology major, and as most college students, in my third year, I changed my major to English. I was encouraged by a college professor to pursue a career in education - as she put it "you're a natural educator".  That was the best decision I have ever made because I enjoy going to work every day!  My career in education began only fifteen years ago, but I have enjoyed much success during that time.  I was nominated as the Disney Teacher of the Year 2007, and I was Teacher of the Year at my school 2008. 

    I have never stopped learning, dreaming, creating or searching for the best practices.  Because I am one of those persons who writes journals for everything in life, reflective practices were not unfamiliar to me.  I am constantly striving to be the best I can be. I have been fortunate enough to have taught in rural, inner city and urban school districts both at public and private Florida schools.  I taught in Sarasota, Florida eleven years before moving to Arlington, Texas.  I was not the traditional college student - I returned to college after being in the workforce (health care) for 14 years.  I was a divorcee with two young daughters, who became my motivation to obtain my degree; through my example, my daughters learned the importance of education and to never to let go of their dreams.

     Previous Courses Taught:

    English I - Introduction to Literature (grade level 9)

    English II - World Literature (grade level 10)

    English IV – British Literature (grade level 12)

    AP English Language and Composition (grade level 11)

    AP English Literature and Composition (grade level 12)

    Creative Writing


    Intensive Reading

    Third Track English (special program for students with learning disabilities)

    Past Leadership Positions:

    SLC (Small Learning Community) Lead Teacher

    SAC (School Advisor Council) - Chair, Vice-Chair

    English Department Chair

    NeXt Generation Teacher (Teaching with technology pilot program in the district 40 high school teachers selected)

    SDMT (School Decision Making Team)

    Speech & Debate Team Coach

    National Honor Society Advisor

    Step-Team Coach

    Yearbook/Newspaper Advisor

    Educational History:

    Okaloosa-Walton Community College

    Niceville, Florida            A.A. Degree (general Education)

    University of West Florida

    Pensacola, Florida          B.A. Degree (English)

    University of West Florida

    Pensacola, Florida         M.P.A (Public Administration 27 sm hhrs)

    University of New England

    Biddeford, Maine           MSE (Curriculum & Instructional Strategies)

    University of Southern New Hampshire        M.A. Degree (English Literature)

    Manchester, New Hampshire (currently enrolled)