Simmons Leadership Services is a consulting agency that works to support and develop professionals and organizations across sectors including K-12 education, higher education, non-profit, out-of-school time , and more. Simmons Leadership Services is committed to cultivating and increasing the competency and confidence among professionals in a variety of areas.
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Sheneika Simmons is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Simmons Leadership Services. Sheneika earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Ferrum College, a Masters of Science in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a current Ph.D. student in Human and Social Services at Walden University. She is a Leadership Plenty Trainer, an Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM (ACRES) facilitator, a White-Riley-Peterson Afterschool Policy Fellow, an awardee of the National Afterschool Association's (NAA) Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders, a LEAD School Mental Health Certification (MHC) Instructor, a BOOST Café Ambassador, and a Teach For America (TFA) alumni, advisory council member, and steering committee member.
She is a former educator and currently works to support and shape a more equitable afterschool and educational landscape nationally. She has had the pleasure to engage with youth, families, schools, communities, and organizations in various capacities. Sheneika is passionate about supporting youth to be the leaders of tomorrow. Sheneika believes that all professionals have the capacity to enhance their organizational and personal competence, confidence, and connections.
Past Speaking Engagements & Workshops
Indiana Afterschool Network Summit 2023
Sheneika hosted a workshop and the closing keynote for the Indiana Afterschool Network Summit 2023. In the keynote, participants were able to reflect on all of the concepts, ideas, and perspectives acquired throughout the Summit and practice strategies for implementation.
National Afterschool Association Convention 2023
Sheneika hosted the opening General Session for the National Afterschool Association. The Speaker Series featured top-notch out-of-school time (OST) professionals from across the nation. For the kick-off session, speakers set the tone for the Convention. All the presenters, including Sheneika, shared their ability to touch the collective soul and inspire all participants with their messages centered on the theme: "Celebrating You. The Incredible, Unique, Special Afterschool Professional". She also presented two grant writing workshops.
Ferrum College Leadership Series 2023
Sheneika led a three-part leadership series for student leaders at Ferrum College. Each workshop focused on core soft skills (i.e., communication, design thinking, and brand development).
Bridging the Gap STEM Education Conference 2022
Sheneika hosted a workshop focused on increasing accessibility and infusing all four core subject areas (mathematics, science, literacy, and social studies) into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.
Synergy Conference 2022
Sheneika hosted a keynote centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education as a valuable learning tool to address learning recovery, in collaboration with the Afterschool Alliance and Dropping Seeds in Motion.