Michelle Simmons

Assistant Professor

Office: Amarillo Campus, Chase Tower 723
Phone: 806-651-8232

Professional Profile

Dr. Simmons joined the College of Education and Social Sciences in 2017. She received a B.A. in Family Studies from Lubbock Christian University in 2006, an M.A. in Special Education from Lubbock Christian University in 2009, and an Ed.D. in Special Education from Texas Tech University in 2017.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Simmons teaches educator teacher preparation and Educational Diagnostician courses including Educational Psychology of Children with Special Needs, Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Classroom Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities, Mental Testing I, and Mental Testing II.

Dr. Simmons is actively involved in service to educators, families, and students with learning differences and developmental disabilities statewide, and in the Panhandle area. Dr. Simmons is the Lanna Hatton Professor of Learning Disabilities and currently serves as director of one of the Texas A&M System’s Center for Learning Excellence, the WTAMU Center for Learning Disabilities. Dr. Simmons is a member of the Texas Educational Diagnosticians Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, Learning Disabilities Association, and the Council for Learning Disabilities.

Dr. Simmons has made various presentations on research interests that include behavior management, positive behavior intervention supports, applied behavior analysis and behavior management of individuals with intellectual disabilities. She has presented at regional and state conferences on these topics.

Dr. Simmons is a member of the Texas Educational Diagnosticians Association and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Simmons maintains a record of scholarly activity that includes educational assessment, university-based special educator preparation programs.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Simmons lives in Amarillo with her husband, Daniel, their two sons, Thane and Larkin, and their family pets, Lady, Buster, and a half-dozen chickens.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor sports, cooking and traveling the nation in their family RV.