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Helping Gang Members Unite with Dr. Bertie Simmons
Ex-Furr High School principal speaks out against allegations that led to her termination and her new book
November 12, 2019
Dr. Bertie Simmons turned Furr High School around after coming out of retirement. She is speaking out after a lawsuit based on age and racial discrimination led to a $100,000 settlement from the district, and what she hopes people will take away from her new book. Watch the Video
For more information on Dr. Bertie Simmons and her book you can visit www.bertiesimmons.com
By Isiah Carey
How "gangsters" Helped Houston Principal Bertie Simmons Transform School
September 15, 2016
Houston's Furr High School was one of the $10 million winners for the "XQ: The Super School Project," funded by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' wife, Laurene Powell Jobs. When principal Bertie Simmons first took over the school 15 years ago, it was a dropout factory. The graduation rate is now over 90 percent. Simmons tells CBS News' Chip Reid about her experience working with gang members at her school.
Furr High School Principal the Most Experienced in the U.S.
February 26, 2016
FOX 26 News anchor Sally MacDonale meets 80-year-old administrator Dr. Bertie Simmons.
Dr. Simmons SHSU Distinguished Alumnus by Channel Three
November 24, 2012
Dr. Bertie Simmons, Principal of Furr High School in Houston, turned around this failing school, achieved a signed peace agreement between warring gangs and in the process achieved peace and joy in her own life. Another Sam Houston State University Distinguished Alumnus, she was honored last month with this video tribute by Channel Three Productions.
TEDxHISD -- Dr. Bertie Simmons - Dare to Disturb the Sound of Silence
November 30, 2010
Bertie discusses how people have become increasingly isolated and encourages individuals find ways to personally connect in this changing world.