Leadership & Faculty

Leadership, Lower School


Gretchen Simmonds

Principal of Lower School

Gretchen Simmonds is Director of Lower School. Gretchen has been a familiar face around Circle since 2010. First joining the Circle team as a 6th grade teacher, she then stepped into an additional leadership role, serving as Program Director for numerous years. In 2018, she began serving in her position as Lower School Director. Gretchen feels called to partner closely with Lower School families as they seek the best educational options for their students through our parent-directed model. Gretchen holds a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. She not only brings her professional experience to her role, but also her personal experience as a Circle parent. Gretchen is married to Michael, Circle's Director of Spiritual Formation and Athletic Director, and they have three wonderful children (two currently enrolled at Circle and one a Circle grad). In her role as Lower School Director, Gretchen has the delight of providing valued support to parents, guiding educational programming, leading teachers, and encouraging students.