The Fargo Public Schools announces today the assignment of the Director of Special Education and Student Support Services and the Assistant Principal for Discovery Middle School.
Patricia Cummings has been named the Director of Special Education and Student Support Services for the Fargo Public School District. Cummings will assume her new position on July 1, and will replace outgoing Director John Yates, who is retiring.
Cummings is an alumnus of Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She has been the assistant principal at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School since June 2012. Cummings is the co-leader of Carl Ben Eielson’s school improvement committee and data team, as well as overseeing the CBE Special Education staff. Prior to Cumming’s position as assistant principal, she was the speech language pathologist at Carl Ben Eielson from 2006 to 2012 and the Asperger’s coach for the entire District. During this time she developed a social skills class for students with Asperger’s. Cummings began her education career with Fargo Public Schools as a speech language pathologist at Agassiz Middle School in 1996. She is also the parent of a child with disabilities, so understands firsthand the important role special education and support services play in the lives of these students and their families.
Cummings holds a master’s degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She earned her administrative credentials through Tri-College University.
Amy Herrick has been named to the position of assistant principal at Discovery Middle School. Herrick has been serving as interim assistant principal at Discovery since November, 2013, when she replaced Assistant Principal Michael Beaton, who became the assistant principal and activities coordinator at South High School.
Herrick is an alumnus of Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She began her education career in 2002 as a visual arts instructor with the Fargo Public Schools. During her 12-year tenure as an instructor, Herrick has also served as the art club advisor at South High and Discovery, Discovery international fun club advisor, Discovery summer school site administrator and girls track coach for three years, and as a mentor in the student teacher and practicum student program. At the District level, she has served on the Visual Arts Study and School Improvement Monitoring Committees, and the Quality Assurance Review Team.
Herrick holds a master’s degree in Education Administration, K – 12 Level and a Bachelor of Science degree in K – 12 Art Education from Minnesota State University-Moorhead.