Guest Speaker

Since 1996, Simmons has appeared as a guest speaker at numerous conventions, libraries, and schools, speaking on his experiences as a teaching artist, writer, and performer. The depths of his commitment to better the lives of young people is without question.

From Buffalo to Florida, from New York to California, Simmons has offered insight, strategies, and inspiration on topics ranging from Arts in Education, to freelance and entrepreneurial pursuits in media and the creative arts.

Simmons moderates a panel of artists for the Color of Comics exhibition, as part of the Miami Book Fair International, November 2009.

Simmons delivers his SCI-TECH HEROES workshop to over 50 school teachers on the art of using comics to engage students in science and technology.  Miami Book Fair International, November 2009

Simmons leads a professional development workshop for over 25 educators in Buffalo, New York.  The subject ... engaging students in exploring science and technology through comics and graphic novels.

With his long time friend and associate Patricia Fortunato, Simmons has taught workshops for teachers of the Sheltering Arms Day Care facilities.  Their topic was the importance of reading to children.  These workshops not only underscored how reading to children fostered a love for books and learning, they also demonstrated fun techniques for getting the most out of every book, new or old.

[* Ms Fortunato is not only a successful writer and editor, she is also a producer of children's books for many well known publishers.]