Susan Simpson currently serves as the principal of the Archimedean Academy, a Miami Dade County Public Charter School. The Academy is a Conservatory of Mathematics and the Greek Language. Under Ms. Simpson's leadership, the school is currently ranked 13th among all elementary schools in the state of Florida. The school also possesses a #1 ranking among Miami Dade Public Schools and is the # 2 Charter School in the State of Florida. The Academy was recently honored by the Department of Education as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School. Before assuming the leadership position in Florida, Ms. Simpson served as an teacher, curriculum leader, and administrator in the Houston Independent School District. There she received many accolades: Highland Heights Elementary Houston, Texas - Outstanding New Teacher to Charter System 1998-99; James Butler Bonham Elementary Houston, Texas – Teacher of the Year 2002-03; Houston Independent School District – West District Teacher of the Year 2002-03; Finalist Houston Independent School District Teacher of the Year 2001-02; 5th Annual Mayor’s 2002 Teachers’ Excellence Honouree. She attributes her success to focused/relevant instruction coupled with timely/specific interventions. These strategies are supported by strong teams with an emphasis on continual professional growth. The National Council of African American Mayor’s Teacher of the Year Award(1995-96), was bestowed on Ms. Simpson during her teaching tenure in Louisiana. There she supported low socio economic and disadvantaged African American children and their families via a tailored learning experience that consisted of home visits and a personalized instruction model. Ms. Simpson was born in Louisiana and received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. Her Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership was obtained at Houston Baptist University. She also holds current teaching and leadership certifications in 3 states: Louisiana, Texas, and Florida.