Northwinds Elementary Announces New Principal

Carmen Tubbs Photo
Wednesday Mar 28, 18
Carmen Tubbs to Start July 1, 2018

During the school board meeting on Monday, March 26, the board approved the appointment of Carmen Tubbs as the next Northwinds Elementary Principal. Tubbs will replace current principal Shawn Gombos who will retire at the end of this school year after having served the school for the last five years.

What made Tubbs stand out above the other applicants is her positive energy and her ability to see the strengths in others and build upon those strengths. She is highly student-focused and places emphasis on the social-emotional growth of all students.

Tubbs is currently the Wahpeton Elementary School Principal in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Prior to that, from 2011-2015 she was a special education teacher within the West Fargo Public Schools in West Fargo, North Dakota. Her strong background in special education makes her an asset to Northwinds since two district-wide special education programs are housed in the school.

"We are excited to have Carmen Tubbs join the leadership team here in BHM Schools," comments Director of Teaching and Learning Pam Miller. "Ms. Tubbs has a very strong mission and purpose-driving to raise the bar by challenging herself and others. She seems to always be looking towards the future and getting things done. We have found her to be excellent at multi-tasking and organizing people and resources (key skills for a principal). With her experience, we believe she will be a great fit at Northwinds."

Tubbs is grateful for the opportunity to be part of BHM Schools and her family is looking forward to joining the community. She says she (and her family) was drawn to BHM Schools because of the communities they serve and the ability to be involved and active within them. She shares, "I loved being a teacher in the classroom, but when I decided to commit to administration, I felt I could have the most impact and use my skills to the best of my ability by leading in a larger capacity. I chose to focus on elementary because I believe in early intervention. At this level, the excitement for learning and positive attitude are contagious, and I find that highly rewarding. As a part of my responsibilities, I believe in building relationships, communicating and staying up to date with the best practices in education."

Tubbs earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Minnesota State-Moorhead, Minnesota in 2009. She went on in 2011 to earn her Masters of Special Education Strategist degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and her Educational Leadership Masters Degree in 2014 from Minnesota State-Moorhead.  

Tubbs will begin at Northwinds July 1, 2018.