Rachell Simmons

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My husband, Mark, and I moved south to Yellowknife for three years in 1995. We are still here and loving it. Both of our children, Cynthia and Bruce were born here in Yellowknife. As a family we enjoy boating, camping, skiing (cross country and downhill), hosting dinners and relaxing to a good movie.

I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelors of Arts degree in French Language and Literature with a minor in Physical Geography. Following my 1st degree I moved to Winnipeg to study at the University of Manitoba. I obtained my Bachelor of Education degree with secondary certification specializing in French as a Second Language pedagogy. In 1992 I was offered a teaching position in Nanisivik where my husband had been working. Shortly after graduating from the University of Manitoba, I moved to Nanisivik on the northern tip of Baffin Island to teach at Allurut School. For 3 years I taught First and Second language French (K-7) and Social Studies, Science and Phys Ed to the grade 6-8 class. My tenure with YK#1 began at Sir John in September 1995. There I taught Core French 9-12, Social Studies to the grade 9 and 10’s Immersion and English students. During my 11 years at Sir John I was also French Department Head. In 2006 I accepted the challenge of teaching the nationally acclaimed Intensive French program at École William McDonald Middle School. In my third year at William McDonald I became Assistant Principal. For the 2009/2010 accademic year I was Assistant Principal at École J.H. Sissons. In September 2010 I returned to William McDonald as Principal.  

I am very pleased to be back at J.H. Sissons as Principal working alongside the enthusiastic and dedicated staff at the school.