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Kimberly Simms







Contact: Kimberly Simms Gibbs
Phone: 864-436-0045-Gibbs
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Website: http://www.kimberlysimms.com

Discipline: Literature
Description of Work: Kimberly Jane Simms is an accomplished performance and published poet who can put POETRY BANG in your classroom with collaborative learning, brain breaks, and writing.
Number of Members: 1
Travel Member Size: 1-2
Artist / Group Information: Kimberly Simms is an award winning poet, performer, and writer as well as an arts integration expert. She is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, a member of the SC Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, a South Carolina Arts Commission Approved Artist, and a SMART Arts teaching artist.
Mrs. Simms has a proven track record for using inquiry based learning to team teach with public school teachers as she infuses collaborative learning, creative writing, and theater into a variety of content areas. This summer Mrs. Simms will be a facilitator at the Greenville County School’s Arts Integration Training Institute where she will lead the creative writing immersion.
Mrs. Simms brings a unique perspective as a South Carolina Certified Language Arts and Gifted and Talented Educator with ten years of experience, as well as five years of experience working as a teaching artist to integrate poetry and theater across the curriculum. Mrs. Simms has a master's degree in English from Clemson University with a Creative Writing Thesis, as well as a bachelor's in English from Furman University, plus an additional 24 hours in graduate education classes. You can learn more about her at www.kimberlysimms.com.

She is a published poet whose work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. She was a member of the Greenville Slam Team that won the South East Regional Poetry Slam in 1998.
Artist Education / Training Background: SMART Arts Arts Integration Training Institute, Greenville, SC (Facilitator)
24 Graduate Hours of Education classes
Furman University BA English
Clemson University MA English
SC Certified ELA and GT Educator for 10 years

Training:
Associated Writing Programs Conference. Austin, Texas. March 2006.
Smart Arts Advanced Training Institute. Metropolitan Arts Council. July 2005.
POP Arts Integration (3) Workshops. Peace Center of Greenville. June 2005.
Reflection Through Printmaking. Metropolitan Arts Council. May 2005.
Artist Group Reflection Session. Metropolitan Arts Council. May 2005.
Kennedy Center Artist Observation. Marcia Daft at Heritage Elementary. Jan. 10th 2005.
Kennedy Center Artist Observation. Sean Lane at Stone Elementary. March 10th 2005.
SmartArts Summer Training Institute. Metropolitan Arts Council. August 2003.

References: Gayla Day
Metropolitan Arts Council
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Ginger Cox Hollingsworth
Carl Sandburg National Historic Site
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