Project Director, Chicago SEED

Dr. Andress Carter-Sims

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Dr. Andress Carter-Sims is the project director for the Chicago SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development) initiative. She brings to the position a wealth of knowledge having served nearly 30 years in Richland School District One in Columbia, S.C. In Richland One, she was entrusted with being a teacher, principal, director of school improvement, coordinator of Measures of Academic Progress, a Title I science and math consultant, and various other titles. Dr. Carter-Sims was the principal of Burton-Pack Elementary and assistant principal at Forest Heights Elementary and Arden Elementary in Richland One. In 2000-2001, she was the Teacher of the Year at Burton-Pack and a finalist for District Teacher of the Year. For six years, she was an adjunct professor/STEM education consultant at Benedict College. Before joining the EPI Center team, she was a curriculum facilitator at Dover Elementary School and the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Orangeburg County School District.

She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Carolina where she majored in early childhood education and natural science. Dr. Carter-Sims completed her doctoral work at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She pursued additional studies at Cambridge College, The Citadel, and Winthrop University. 

Dr. Carter-Sims has been an active member of various educational organizations, some of them are the South Carolina International Reading Association, South Carolina Teachers of Mathematics, South Carolina Science Association, South Carolina Association of Black Administrators, National Science Teachers Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and International Society for Technology in Education.

Dr. Carter-Sims is married to Wayne Sims and they have one amazing daughter, Alicia Sims.

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