My name is Nicole Simmons and am SO excited to be part of the Grizzly Bear Family! I absolutely LOVE teaching and inspiring students through the discovery of the world around us, AKA Science. When I am not teaching I can be found spending time with my family hiking, playing games, swimming in the pool, or camping. I have two awesome dogs, Sheldon and Penny who are the best playmates for my two kids, Jonlin (6 years old) and Greyson "Ozzie" (3 years old). My other passion in life is traveling (although since having kids, that part of my life has slowed down, but only temporarily!). I have been to 3 oceans, 4 continents, and 16 countries. I know some Spanish (pero necisito practicar mas!) and can say hello (or some phrase) in several different languages. I love to eat and try new foods, but I do not enjoy cooking (because I am a bad cook! haha). I enjoy having fun while we are in the classroom but it is also important to me that we stay on task and maintain classroom expectations. I look forward to meeting your child/children and please see below if you would like to learn a little bit more about me, in the professional sense.
Here's a little bit about my work experiences:
I am entering GMS in my 10th year of teaching with a wide range of experiences.
I have taught in public, private, and charter schools K-12. I spent 8 years with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) teaching and directing with Tech Trek, math and science camps for middle school girls hosted at UCSB and Whittier College.
I was fortunate enough to be nominated as Teacher of the Year for California League of Middle Schools, 2018.
I am a Google Certified Educator and have provided Professional Development for Ed Tech for past school districts and Riverside County Google Camp (2018).
Email is the best way to contact me, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Kindly allow a minimum of 24-48 hrs for me to respond during the work/school week (I promise that if I don't respond quickly it's because I'm busy enhancing the learning environment for your child).