“I had a dream as a young child of being a special education teacher to help students with learning challenges. I love working with students at PS8. I care for them and give them the attention they need.”
Shirl Simons is a Brooklyn native and attended the borough’s public schools. She took courses in early childhood education and liberal arts subjects at Medger Evers College and earned an associate’s degree from Boricua College in 2004.
Shirl began working as a paraprofessional at PS 9 in Brooklyn in 1998. After seven years of teaching, she took a leave of absence to care for her mother. In 2009, she returned to teaching and joined the PS8 community as the Union representative for paraprofessionals. As a paraprofessional, Shirl works with students with Individualized Education Programs and the support she provides varies. She often works with a single student for several years and manages group sessions for students in math and reading.
Outside of school, Shirl enjoys spending time at church, reading books at the library, and walking in neighborhood parks.