Mrs. Simama’s passion for education is strong and deep. As one of her first acts as First Lady of Georgia Piedmont Tech, she launched the BeActive initiative to encourage physical fitness and activity throughout the day. BeActive promotes personal responsibility, as well as community engagement, by creating opportunities for and encouraging physical activity.
She is Dr. Simama’s active partner in advocating for technical education in local, state and national forums. As a Counselor and Multicultural Coordinator at the Paideia School and former Atlanta Board of Education Member, she has worked tirelessly to expand educational access and advocate for students and their parents. While serving as Executive Director of the Clark Atlanta University Head Start Program, she led a dynamic organization that at the time was the largest Head Start program in the state of Georgia. In the past, Mrs. Simama’s many commitments have included board memberships at both the Fulton County Board of Health and Wellness and the Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center.
Mrs. Simama holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree in Urban Education from Atlanta University (currently Clark Atlanta University). She has also completed coursework toward a doctoral degree in Political Science at Clark Atlanta. Ms. Simama has taught at Clark Atlanta University, University of Cincinnati, and Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.
Dr. and Mrs. Simama have been married for more than 40 years and have two adult daughters. She is an avid tennis player, golfer, biker, and hot yoga enthusiast. She enjoys reading, sewing, and gourmet cooking.