Superintendent Sims’ Biography
Serbrenia J. Sims, Ed.D., came to Surry County Public Schools in 2007 as the principal of Luther Porter Jackson Middle School. In 2009, she began working as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction. She was promoted to Division Superintendent on July 1, 2020. Dr. Sims began her educational career in Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools as a teacher, then later moved up to become the Director of Accountability, Grants and Program Evaluation. She later served as an Assistant Principal and Summer School Principal in York County Public Schools prior to coming to Surry County Public Schools.
Dr. Sims received her Doctorate of Education in 1989, from the College of William and Mary, a Masters of Public Administration from Auburn University, a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Auburn University and a teaching endorsement from Christopher Newport University. She holds a Division Superintendent License and a Postgraduate Professional License from the Virginia Board of Education. She received a Virginia ASCD Impact Award in 2013.
Dr. Sims is the author and editor of several books, chapters in books, and educational articles that center on educational and continuous improvement. She has spoken at multiple conferences and workshops on issues that range from diversifying historically black colleges and universities to managing educational change.
Under her leadership in Surry County Public Schools, she has led the school division to multiple successes to include full accreditation for all schools and the school division. She has also been instrumental in developing a more robust family and community engagement program and the development of a written curriculum.
As the leader for Surry County Public Schools, Dr. Sims has always committed herself to educational excellence and student success. She considers herself to be a visionary servant leader whose educational decisions have centered on the needs of students. She marks her success on the value-added aspects of education for each student. She enjoys challenges that allow her to use multiple areas of knowledge, skills and abilities. She is an effective communicator. As a servant leader, she feels that true communication comes from being able to listen attentively to constituents at all levels. She places her success on being approachable, visible, and open to honest dialogue. Finally, she is committed to serving the community and improving student success.