Dr. Lori Simon

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Dr. Lori Simon is the superintendent of the Rapid City Area Schools in the beautiful Black Hills, South Dakota. Dr. Simon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, an Education Specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, and a Doctor of Education in Leadership degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In her 32 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Simon has been a teacher and administrator at every level, elementary, middle, and high school, and worked as an assistant superintendent for six years in the Twin Cities metro prior to going to Rapid City.

Dr. Simon has presented at several national education conferences on the topics of student engagement and education reform. She was recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education and the National Youth Leadership Council for her work with youth engagement. During her tenure in Robbinsdale, Dr. Simon provided the leadership for the design and opening of an elementary STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) school whose principal was recognized as the Minnesota Elementary Math and Science Principal of the Year, and the development and implementation of a targeted, school-based four-year-old program resulting in significantly closed achievement gaps for English Learner students entering kindergarten.

Under Dr. Simon’s leadership the Rapid City Area Schools developed and is in year two of implementing an ambitious new strategic plan that puts 21stcentury learning at the core of teaching and learning while increasing state test scores.