Simmons Lettre, Leadership Coach
Simmons is an education consultant, entrepreneur, and proven nonprofit leader committed to significantly improving the quality of education for all students. As founder of Simmons Lettre Consulting LLC, Simmons advises organizations on creating, scaling, sustaining, and governing effective programs in district, charter, and non-profit sectors to catalyze public K-12 education reform and overall student success. She partners with organizations to support them in strategic planning, leadership development, governance, stakeholder engagement, evaluation, and communications in ways that maximize their impact.
Prior to launching her consulting work, Simmons co-founded and served as the CEO of Charter Board Partners (CBP), a national nonprofit dedicated to improving charter school board governance in ways that sustain effective schools. Prior to founding CBP, most of Simmons’ work focused at the policy level of urban education. She led communications for Education Resource Strategies and shaped policy and program offerings for Expeditionary Learning, the Boston Plan for Excellence ,and New American Schools. But her favorite position prior to CBP was as a first- grade teacher at Benjamin Banneker Public Charter School in Cambridge, MA.
Simmons is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and holds a Masters in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Davidson College. She is the board chair at Ensemble Learning, former Board Chair at Education Forward DC and Capital City Public Charter School and a mentor for the Earl Woods Scholar Program. Simmons is married, has two daughters, and enjoys doing almost anything outside, especially fly fishing.