Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees M. Ed. Elementary Education B.A. Voice Performance Certifications and Endorsements Elementary Certification Secondary Certification K-12 Music Endorsement K-12 Reading Endorsement English (Secondary)
Although Mrs. Simmons is new to the faculty of Sierra Verde, she feels as though she is returning to a very familiar place. Her daughter, Elizabeth, attended here from fourth through eighth grade, and promoted in 2015. The music program at Sierra Verde was an essential part of Elizabeth’s education and Mrs. Simmons is thrilled to join a program that has seen so much success.
Mrs. Simmons holds the degree of Master of Education in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon College in Vocal Performance. She is certified to teach both elementary and secondary levels and possesses endorsements to instruct students in K-12 Music, K-12 Reading and secondary English. Over her eighteen-year teaching career she has held positions that include K- 6 General Music, 3-8 Chorus, 4-8 Instrumental Music, 7-8 Academic Interventionist and K-6 Literacy Specialist.
In 2011, Mrs. Simmons began her tenure as a professional singer in the Senior and Chamber Choirs of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. During this time, Lori also performed on tours as a soloist and choir member that included dates in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada, Leipzig and Berlin Germany, Prague, Czech Republic, and Krakow, Poland. Most recently, she travelled with Elizabeth and her husband Earl to Ely, Cambridgeshire, England where the three sang as a part of a week long choral residency in Ely Cathedral, a sacred space that dates back to 1083.
When not teaching or singing, Lori enjoys photography, sailing, the beach, sea otters and travel.