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Dr. Dan A. Sims

Dr. Dan A. Sims

Dr. Dan A. Sims is a proud native of Georgia with a lifelong commitment to public education. He brings 27 years of faithful experience to the success of students and has demonstrated passion for community service throughout his professional career.

Dr. Sims is a three-time graduate of Georgia State University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership, and a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership. In 2020, he graduated from the Urban Superintendent’s Academy through the University of Southern California. His primary training and development outside of his formal education include Results Coaching certification and summer learning experiences with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Relay Graduate School of Education.
 
He has served as an Associate Superintendent of Schools in the Atlanta Public School (APS) System for the past six years, where he directly leads and supports principals and other leaders as they push for excellence in student achievement. His key experiences in this position include assisting in the creation and implementation of the District’s strategic plan, active participation in establishing and monitoring District-level budget priorities, coordinating strategies for aligning departments and resources to support schools, and overseeing the operations of District athletics, ROTC, and adult education.

Under his leadership, the District’s graduation rate increased by 12.1 percent in five years, while achieving an all-time high 83.1 percent graduation rate. This was due in large part to his tenacious commitment to collaboration, data-driven strategic thinking, and capacity building of all leaders. Dr. Sims also played a key role in utilizing all of his responsibilities to restore community trust and foster a positive culture within the District and its surrounding communities. He has built a reputation of high expectations, high regard for people and high energy and know-how to execute the business at hand.

 

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