Misha Simmonds | Playworks

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Misha Simmonds

Principal
University Heights Charter

Misha Simmonds is the Executive Director at University Heights Charter School in Newark, New Jersey. He’s not just a great leader in a shirt and a tie. Simmonds knows how to have fun on the playground. University Heights students at the school describe him as “silly, a great player, a good teacher and above all else, fun.”

Simmonds was named the 2010 Playworks Most Valuable Principal. he has been an outstanding partner to Playworks staff. “Mr. Simmonds embodies the power of play and its transformative ability to enhance the culture of a school,” said then Playworks Newark Executive Director Adeola Whitney. “While he is a serious educator and has made remarkable improvements and strides at the school, he has done so with a smile and by getting out on the playground to ensure his students are active and engaged at recess. He’s truly committed to play.”

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