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Robert Randolph Simmons, EdD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Simmons has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of education

Dr. Simmons served the Flint Community Schools for more than 45 years

    FLINT, MI, December 22, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Robert Randolph Simmons, EdD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Simmons celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Now retired as an emeritus elementary principal, Dr. Simmons served the Flint Community Schools for more than 45 years, dating back to when he first taught as a classroom teacher in 1962. Moving into educational administration six years later, he continued to gain great strides in his profession, and was recognized as the first African American elementary school principal in Flint Community Schools in 1970, as well as the first African American elementary assistant principal in Flint Community Schools between 1968 and 1970. He was an elementary principal from 1970 until his retirement in 2007.

Dr. Simmons' tremendous career in academia has also spread into the field of higher education. He taught as an adjunct professor of education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti for nearly a decade from the late 1980s to the late 1990s. He was a co-sponsor for the mentors for the "At-Risk" students program at Stewart School from 1989 to 2005, and developed a Flint Community Talent Registry Speakers' Bureau. He also served as EDS director of education business partnerships for students at Stewart School from 1989 to 2005. Dr. Simmons taught math and has served at the Genesee County Children' Center in Flint since 1963. He was a consultant of school improvement throughout Michigan, a presenter for the Michigan Department of Education at Michigan State University, and a peer mentor and reviewer for the National Youth Leadership Council. Dr. Simmons was a speaker and trainer to ministry training classes at the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church in 2004, where he has served as deacon since 1995.

Speaking and writing extensively in his field, Dr. Simmons is the co-author of "Jack and Jill Reading Program, Black Dialect," and author of "Job Satisfaction of Elementary Principals," "A Pioneer in Home, School Partnership," and "Divine Running Track Shoes: The Story of Robert Randolph Simmons." He has also contributed to the book "Parents and Schools: From Visitors to Partners," and has written for various Flint Community Schools materials as well as in professional journals. In 1963, Dr. Simmons was cast as a teacher for the film, "To Touch a Child" for Flint Community Schools District.

Dr. Simmons is a former president and former treasurer of the Flint chapter of the Congress Flint School Administrators. He is also a former classroom support fund trustee and secretary of Phi Delta Kappa, and has been a longstanding member of numerous other professional organizations as well, including the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Community Education Association, and the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association. The recipient of countless awards, Dr. Simmons more recently earned an Executive Declaration Reading Award by the State of Michigan in 2000, a Flint Michigan Debutant Cotillion Award in 2004, and a Michigan Adaptive Golf McClaren Hospital Award every year from 2006 to 2010. He was a golf instructor from 2016 to 2017. He has been featured in various editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who in the World. Dr. Simmons was selected by a top student in the class of 1990 for the first award listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. During the Flint water crisis of 2016, Dr. Simmons helped distribute over one million bottles of water and received a certificate for Dedicated Distribution Service from Pastor Elder Sanders of the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church.

Completing a Bachelor of Arts in history at Michigan State University, Master of Arts in community school leadership at Eastern Michigan University, EdD at the University of Michigan, and doctoral postgraduate work at Marygrove College, Dr. Simmons has been certified as an elementary teacher in New York, for primary through eighth grade. He continues to sing with the New Jerusalem Church choir and the church's King's Men Choir. Dr. Simmons loves to play golf, listen to jazz music, read, and watch sports on television. He has been married to Patricia Ann Grace since 1975, with whom he has five children and eight grandchildren.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Robert Randolph Simmons, EdD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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