Degrees and Certifications:

Principal Whitney Simmons-Newton

Whitney Simmons-Newton, who began her career in education in 1988 with Cincinnati Public Schools, is a leader who focuses her energy on embracing diversity, building communities and creating opportunities for learning.

Under her leadership, Parker Woods Montessori moved up to the rank of Effective on the Ohio Report Card. She was instrumental in Cincinnati Public Schools’ alignment of Montessori lessons and materials to state standards, and has been part of CPS’ curriculum development and the creation of best practices in classroom instruction.   
She has also served CPS since 2011 as a principal coach to nurture young administrators.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College of Mt. St. Joseph and a master’s degree in education from Xavier University. She earned her Montessori certification in 1995 from Xavier University.

Principal Simmons-Newton taught for six years at the Academy of World Languages, then seven years at Carson Montessori School (now Dater Montessori). She then moved into administration in 2001, serving as an assistant principal at Winton Montessori School (now Parker Woods Montessori), and then moving to principal at Silverton Paideia Academy and then to North Avondale Montessori School.