About the Principal
Mr. Herbert Simons has an extensive leadership track record ranging from pre-k through 12th grade, including Alternative Education. Mr. Simons is delighted for his current role as the Educational Leader Servant for the Camden City School District’s PRIDE Academy. Before his reassignment to PRIDE Academy, he served as the Co-Principal at Woodrow Wilson High. He was formally the district’s Principal overseeing the alternative educational partnership program- Camelot, for two different locations in the city. He managed the Mickle Street Alternative Program for grades 6th-12th, located in the South Camden section of the town, and the Camden High School 9th- 12th, accelerated program, located in the Parkside section of the city.
Principal Simons has 25 years experience in developing youth by building character, self-esteem, and self-confidence that carries into their academic successes. In 1996, he began his career as a High School Health and Physical Education Teacher and Coach at Woodrow Wilson High School. In 1997 he was assigned to the primary level, engaging youth from Pre-k to 5th grade at Cramer Elementary, Cooper’s Poynt, and Sharp Elementary.
Mr. Simons was the educational leader at Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School from 2010 to 2016. Mr. Simons coached instructional staff, provided educational leadership and support, which enhanced team-developed programs, facilitated the alignment of the mathematics curriculum, and brought high expectations and rigor to the school’s mathematic program. Along with increasing the math scores at Brimm Medical Arts, he implemented the World Language Program of Mandarin Chinese and grew it to a level 3. He led the Riletta Twyne Cream Family School of Pre-k to 8th grade twice throughout his career. Mr. Simons is proud to have been a part of the administrative team that successfully transformed Woodrow Wilson High School into Small Learning Communities. Mr. Simons was responsible for the Social and Human Service Pathway from 2004- 2009.
Mr. Simons holds his Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education and Minor in Cooperate Fitness and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. He has a host of certificates in youth behavioral development.
“No Excuses” Mentality means that even if you believe it should be students’ job to be engaged, you accept that it’s your job to engage them….
~ Eric Jenson