Ralph L. Simpson
Mr. Simpson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He began his career in the area of criminal justice after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of West Georgia. After working in a maximum-security prison for a total of four years and observing so many individuals who had ruined their lives, he decided that he could become a part of the solution instead of the problem. He set out to help young people avoid having to serve time in a correctional institution or in the penal system. He re-entered the State University of West Georgia and obtained certification to teach middle grades. He embarked upon his career as an educator in 1991. He taught in elementary school for two years and in middle school for three years. He experienced tremendous success as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Assistant Superintendent.
Feeling that he could be a more effective leader as a school administrator, Mr. Simpson enrolled in West Georgia for a third time to pursue a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision. He was promoted to assistant principal of discipline, instruction, and attendance at Miller Grove Middle School. After two years, he was assigned to Stone Mountain High School as the assistant principal for discipline. Mr. Ralph Simpson made history in the year 2000 when he became the first African American principal in the history of Stone Mountain High. To further strengthen his academic portfolio, he completed his Specialist in Educational Leadership and earned a Doctorate of Education in Supervision and Leadership at the University of Sarasota in February of 2004.
In March of 2004, Dr. Simpson was appointed as principal at the new Miller Grove High School. He was instrumental in establishing a foundation and creating a high culture of learning for the students in this community while instilling a renewed interest in school spirit. His primary goal for his school is to provide a learning environment "free of distractions, free of disruptions, and providing teachers an opportunity to teach and maximize on the students opportunities to learn. He strongly encourages students to work far beyond expectations and excel in the areas of standardized tests and academic achievement. Above all, he stresses character and self-motivation as viable tools to achieve personal success.
Having served at the elementary, middle and high school, and university level, Dr. Simpson chronicled his challenges and experiences in a book entitled, "From Remedial to Remarkable". He was featured on Good Day Atlanta, The DeKalb Neighbor, and Rolling Out magazine. Dr. Simpson has addressed audiences as a motivational speaker for elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the country. He has also been invited to serve as guest speaker for banquets, conferences, seminars, and graduation exercises throughout and beyond the state of Georgia. The proud father of two, daughter Skyla, and son, Chandler, are his pride and joy.
Dr. Simpson's accomplishments are attributed to determination, diligence, dedication, and tenacity. He has adopted as a personal motto "If you dont stand for something, you'll fall for anything." He considers himself as "an ordinary person attempting to do extraordinary things."