GETTING TO KNOW SHEBA SIMPSON
Candidate for City Council District 9 - Manhattan
New Leadership To Shift The Narrative In Harlem
Sheba has called Harlem her home since she was ten years old. She left for seven years after her family and she experienced a home invasion. She left because at the time she could not afford the rent in Harlem or buy an affordable home that did not need extensive renovations. Although she moved to a neighboring state to New York, she continued to visit her hometown on a regular basis.
Growing up on the West side of Harlem in the eighties, Sheba witnessed how the crack epidemic changed her community that was once safe and thriving, into a place where families were devastated by addiction and lives changed because of incarceration.
However, through all of the turmoil while a student at Aquinas High School in the Bronx, she held on to the idea that when she grew up that she would help her community. She knew that it was her responsibility to use her knowledge and talents to help others in her neighborhood. At the age of fifteen, she decided to volunteer her time after school at Morningside Day Care Center. While volunteering Sheba realized that she connected to children and enjoyed teaching them. That experience led her to begin a life of public service.
As a mother of three children and a grandmother of five, Sheba knows firsthand how difficult it is to raise a family in the most expensive city in the five boroughs. She has had to make the hard decision to feed her children or pay the rent. She knows the worry that happens when there is not enough money to cover the cost of all the bills at the first of the month. The stress one feels that they may be evicted because an unforeseen circumstance occurred; and rent money has to be used to pay a medical bill or car repair.
Sheba has been an a racial equity teacher in the Bronx for over 20 years. She has a license in Special Education, School Building Leader and School District Leadership. In addition, Sheba has obtained a myriad of certificates over the course of her career. The ones she is most proud of are Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution.
When Sheba is asked what has been her best experience as an educator for the past two decades, her answer is always the same; the relationships she has had with her students and families. The acknowledgment that she has made some small difference in her students’ lives either academically or on a personal level is the wind that has kept her going all these years.
Value Sheba Simpson for her Integrity
Values You Believe In
You need a representative who supports your ideas, fights for the needs of your community and is willing to earn your respect.
Understand the importance of experience
Seek integrity in public officials
Desire compassion and empathy
Harlem is Home
"I can no longer sit by and watch as our community is under served in the education of our children.
Our seniors and long-time Harlem residents are being priced out of their homes because of gentrification."
As City Councilwoman for District 9 - Harlem, I will mitigate processes when they do not ensure the best opportunities for ALL of Harlem's residents.
This is my commitment to YOU.
Relationships, Safe & Caring
When Sheba is asked what has been her best experience as an educator for the past twenty years, her answer is always the same; The relationships she has had with her students and families.
The small differences in her students' lives, academically, or on a personal level is the wind that has kept her going.
The Past Is Connected To The Present