Larry Simons has lived in Eastern Iowa his entire life. He grew up in Bellevue then went on to attend Wartburg College in Waverly. After graduating in 1981 with a BA in Secondary Business Education and Psychology, he started his teaching career in Central City. During his six years there, he earned an MA from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, MO with a degree in Secondary School Counseling. He spent his final year in Central City as a K-12 Counselor then started his career with the Cedar Rapids Community School District in 1987. Simons is currently in his 27th year with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. He has spent the last 18 of those years as a counselor at Washington High School. He also teaches Driver Education for Kirkwood Community College. Simons has been an EMT and volunteered his service as a fireman and an ambulance attendant while in Central City. He also served several years as a member of the School Board Advisory Committee for the Mt. Vernon Community School District. For the past several years, he has been the faculty adviser for a Student Rotary Group (Interact) at Washington High School and has enjoyed assisting students in volunteering their time to their communities. Simons is married and has three children.