Julia Simmerer

Bio_Simmer_B.pngJulia Simmerer serves as the senior executive director for the Center for Teaching, Leading and Learning at the Ohio Department of Education. In this role, she leads programs and initiatives aimed at building capacity among school leaders and providing opportunities for the whole child in service of Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education: Each Child, Our Future

Her work includes overseeing the educator and administrator licensure process; ensuring highly trained and effective educators are in all of Ohio’s classrooms; helping to maintain the professional and ethical standards of licensed educators; all while implementing quality curriculum and evidence-based instructional strategies, including STEM and competency-based education. She and her staff also are responsible for Ohio’s career-technical education programs and career advising programs. In addition, she oversees the Department’s literacy work, including the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Before joining the Department, Julia spent 17 years working in Brunswick City Schools in Northeast Ohio where she received many honors, including the 1996 Governor’s Award for Educational Leadership. Julia became a teacher because of her love for the profession and desire to positively impact the lives of students.

Julia earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and her master’s degree from The University of Akron. She recently returned to Ohio University, where she is pursuing a doctorate in education administration and leadership.

She and her husband, Brad, live with their three children in Lewis Center, Ohio.

You can reach Julia Simmerer at julia.simmerer@education.ohio.gov. Read all of her blogs here.

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