Violet Simmons grew up at various duty stations all over the United States and Europe. While in high school, she joined the National Guard and enlisted as a medic, and served in the Guard, Reserve, and Individual Ready Reserve until shortly before Desert Shield. She has been involved in education for over twenty-five years in one capacity or another. She began volunteering in schools in the early 1990’s in her children’s classroom, as well as in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and recognized that she had a passion for teaching. She pursued her degree while accompanying her husband on duty assignments across the United States and Europe, completing her bachelors at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Washington. She completed her master’s degree at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. She has taught students of all ages as a math coach, and has also been a classroom teacher for grades 3, 4, 5 as well as a German teacher for grades 7-12. She began her career in Killeen ISD as a fourth grade classroom teacher, moving to third grade, and then worked as a math coach. She became a campus instructional specialist at Brookhaven Elementary School, and returned to Sugar Loaf as an assistant principal. She became the principal of Sugar Loaf in 2012.
Mrs. Simmons has been married for 33 years. Her husband, Dr. Gerald “Rick” Simmons, works at Texas A&M Central Texas. They have two grown children, Kaylene and Rick Jr.. Kaylene is also an educator in Round Rock, Texas. Rick Jr. is a police officer in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Mrs. Simmons enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and traveling when time permits.
Mrs. Simmons believes that there is no more important job than to educate the future leaders of tomorrow. Her goal is that every child entering the doors of Sugar Loaf will be inspired to become all that they can be, and understand and apply the words of the great Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”