The Fargo Public Schools announces today that Tricia Erickson has been named to the position of principal at Bennett Elementary to begin the 2012-13 school year. Erickson, who has been at the helm of Lewis & Clark Elementary for the past 15 years, will replace outgoing principal Manix Zepeda.
An alumna of Concordia College, Erickson began her career in education in the Fargo Schools as a part-time kindergarten teacher at Washington Elementary. She later taught at Clara Barton and Centennial Elementary Schools before becoming a part-time assistant principal at Centennial. Her first principal assignment was at Hawthorne Elementary in 1994.
Erickson has served on the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals and the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders. She is also a past president of the Fargo Education Association.
Earlier this year, Erickson was named the North Dakota Distinguished Principal of the Year by the NDAESP. She is in consideration for the national award, which will be presented in Washington, DC, in October.
Erickson holds a master’s degree from Moorhead State University.