New Administrators Approved for 2014-15 School Year - July 29, 2014

Record Number: 10926
Displayed from: Jul 29, 2014 , until: Sep 29, 2014

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved three administrative appointments Monday, July 28.

Kevin Simmons, Northrop High School Principal

Kevin Simmons joins FWCS with 25 years of experience as an educator, most recently as the principal of a high school in Baltimore. He began his career as a physical education teacher in Monticello, Ga. In 1993, he moved to Michigan where he served as the athletic director in Covert, Mich. In 1999, he moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., where he worked as an assistant principal of a middle school and then principal of the Campus School of Arts and Literature. From 2003-2011, he worked as an administrator in Benton Harbor, Mich., before moving to Baltimore. At Northrop, he replaces longtime Principal Barb Ahlersmeyer, who retired.

Michael Sullivan, Secondary Curriculum Director

Michael Sullivan joined FWCS a year ago as the Middle School Area Director and now moves to Secondary Curriculum Director. In his new role, he will work with middle and high schools in implementing the new Indiana College and Career Ready Standards. Prior to joining FWCS, he spent more than 15 years in education in Indianapolis. He began his education career at North Central High School where he taught English Language Arts and social studies. In 2004, he became an assistant principal at Wendell Phillips Elementary and the following year moved to assistant principal at Short Ridge Middle School. In 2008, he became principal of Julian D. Coleman Alternative Complex, and two years later was named principal of John Marshall Community High School.

Tracy Williams, Chief Academic Officer

Tracy Williams joins FWCS with more than 20 years of experience in education, most recently as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Benton Harbor, Mich. She began her career as a sixth-grade teacher in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1993. In 2000, she became a middle school assistant principal in Cleveland, and in 2005, she became principal of a middle school in Maple Heights, Ohio. She joined Benton Harbor Area Schools in 2012. As Chief Academic Officer for Fort Wayne Community Schools, she fills a position that had been vacant for more than a year.


With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.