Cummings to move up to PVE principal for 2016-2017
Applause and cheers erupted at a Prairie View Elementary staff meeting as it was announced Shanda Cummings, assistant principal, would be taking over as principal of the school for the 2016-2017 school year. Current principal, Dr. Cindy Daniel, submitted her resignation in March and will be moving out of state at the end of the school year.
Cummings earned a bachelor's of science in education from Oklahoma Panhandle University with a master's in educational technology leadership from Lamar University.
Cummings' career has focused on elementary education where she taught third grade in a self-contained classroom. She also spent several years in departmentalized third and fourth grade classrooms where she taught reading and science at Stratford Independent School District in Stratford, Texas from 1996 to 2011. She spent a year as a fourth grade writing teacher in Canadian, Texas ISD.
She joined Mustang Public Schools as a fourth-grade teacher at Trails Elementary from 2012 to 2014 before being hired as the assistant principal at Prairie View Elementary.
Cummings has a history as an instructional technology coordinator, teaching other teachers how to use technology and incorporate it into their lesson plans. She's also a dyslexia interventionist, trained in the Wilson Reading System for dyslexia.
Dr. Sean McDaniel, superintendent, said 21 qualified candidates interviewed for the position, but Cummings was the clear favorite.
"We were blessed to have so many wonderful candidates apply," he said. "This was one of those rare cases when the selection committee unanimously agreed after the interviews which candidate we believed would be the right fit for this school. Based on the response from the faculty when it was announced, it seems the school staff agreed as well."