Maureen Simmons | Principal, St. Agatha School
Maureen Simmons never expected to be an educator, but it was inevitable that she become one. The oldest of eight children, she had to discover activities to keep a diverse group of siblings peacefully engaged with one another. Maureen attended public elementary school. In her eighth grade year, the parish priest asked her to care for five children while their mother nursed her dying husband. In return, she received a scholarship to a Catholic high school. In her senior year, she received a full scholarship to business school, but her teacher arranged for her acceptance to Bridgewater State College where Maureen received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Maureen did not teach until she was asked to substitute in her children’s school. The Principal eventually offered her a permanent position. After thirteen years as a middle school teacher, she accepted a position as a parish Director of Religious Education. Over the course of twelve years, Maureen established a four parish religious education collaborative, which served over 1200 students. After she received her M.Ed. from Boston College, Maureen accepted the position of principal of St. Agatha School, Milton, where she has served for twelve years. She has also served on a number of diocesan and school boards. These experiences have allowed her to share wisdom and gain knowledge. Each step of this journey has challenged Maureen to learn better ways and means to educate both teachers and learners.