Sims named Fulton’s first-ever “Principal of the Year”
Dan Sims of Tri-Cities High School is the district’s first “Principal of the Year.”
Sims was selected from nearly 100 principals.
According to the county schools, principals nominated a peer who exemplified the school system’s beliefs and mission. From the nominations, six finalists were chosen for an interview and site visit – Buck Greene from Johns Creek High School, Susan Matzin from Birmingham Falls Elementary, Margaret Pupillo from Medlock Bridge Elementary School, Matt Rogers from Creek View Elementary School, Joy Schroerlucke from Holcomb Bridge Middle School, and Dan Sims from Tri-Cities High School.
“Anyone who meets Dan Sims – whether it be the first time or the 100th time – walks away feeling the same pride he feels for his school,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “He is an inspirational, high energy leader who does whatever it takes to reach and teach students.”
Sims is a lifelong East Point resident who attended the area’s schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. In 1995, he began his career as a math teacher and later, administrative assistant/dean of students, at Tri-Cities High School. Seven years later he moved over to Paul D. West Middle School, also his former childhood school, as an assistant principal and soon after, its principal. In 2010, he returned to Tri-Cities High School as its principal.
A proud cancer survivor, Sims holds degrees from Georgia State University (B.S., mathematics; M.Ed., educational leadership) and is pursuing a doctoral degree. He will be formally recognized as Principal of the Year at the school system’s Legacy of Excellence awards gala in November.