Meet Our Newest Leaders, Part 4 Of 8

Davies High School Principal Troy Cody is one of several individuals who took on new roles this  year in FPS. Cody has been with the District since 2007, previously at Fargo North. Meet him in our continuing series on those new faces…

Why did you initially want to get into the field of education?
I chose the education field thanks to several adults who had a positive influence in my life. I had an amazing business teacher/coach while I was in growing up. I loved the idea that I could help other young people who needed some encouragement along the way like I did. I lost my father at a very young age and believed that being a teacher and a coach would allow me the opportunity to help shape future generations of young people.

What did you do before accepting your most current position?
I spent the last 5 years as an assistant principal/activity director at North High School and prior to that I was a math teacher and coach in southern Minnesota.

Tell us about your family:
I met the most amazing woman on her first day of college back in 1988 at the University of Mary. Making a long story short, we have been married for 20 years now this past July. We have been richly blessed with the honor of raising 4 children. Michelle will begin a part time job at the YMCA in their daycare facility after spending the past 10 years home with our children. Prior to that, she was a county social worker. McKenzie (18) will be a freshman at Minnesota State University-Mankato.  Hannah (14) will begin her high school career this fall as a freshman at Fargo North. Sophie (10) makes the big jump to Ben Franklin as a 6th grader, and Isaac (8) will begin his 3rd grade year at Longfellow. We are a family who enjoys being outside and we stay pretty busy with so many different schedules to coordinate.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy playing golf, taking walks with my wife, and spending time with my 4-year-old black lab, Sydney. I also like to stay active in our church as a college small group leader.

What about FPS makes you most proud?
I have been in five different school districts now over the course of my career. The number one thing that makes me most proud of the Fargo Public Schools is the distinct advantage of resources and opportunity our students and staff have over other school districts, from technology to activity opportunities for students to professional development opportunities for our staff. It’s quite clear that our community makes a strong investment in our future, and I am very proud to be a part of that.