WFPS Names First Principal for New Middle School

Posted by West Fargo Public Schools on 2/13/2019 3:00:00 PM

It is with great pleasure that Superintendent Beth Slette and Dr. Allen Burgad, Secondary Assistant Superintendent, announce Dr. Erin Spies has accepted the position as the principal for the district’s new middle school.

Dr. Spies holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota, a Master’s in School Counseling from Adler Graduate School, and a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education Communication Studies from the University of Sioux Falls.

Dr. Spies started her career in education in 2006 as a language arts teacher at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD. She began employment with West Fargo Public Schools in 2010, after accepting a position as a school counselor at Sheyenne 9th Grade Center. When Liberty Middle School opened in 2013, Dr. Spies transitioned into a school counselor position at the new school. She moved into her first administrative role in 2015, when she was selected as an assistant principal at Liberty Middle School.

After selecting Dr. Spies for the position, Dr. Burgad said, “Dr. Spies has a valuable combination of classroom, counseling, and administrative experience and a strong understanding for our district’s mission and values. I am confident that her skills and leadership are what the district will need in the opening of our third middle school and the subsequent transition into a three feeder-system district.”

Dr. Spies will transition to her new role on July 1, 2019. She will serve as a middle school principal for next year’s sixth grade students housed at Deer Creek Elementary School and provide additional administrative support for Liberty Middle School, as well as simultaneously managing the process of opening the yet-to-be-named middle school for the fall of 2020.

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