Mr. David Sams, Principal

Mr. Sams, Principal
Mr. Sams graduated from Warner Robins High School and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. Later, he also received a bachelor's degree in middle grades education from Georgia Southern. In 1997, he began his teaching career at Warner Robins Middle School. Over the years, he taught Georgia history, science, math, and computers. In 2007, he was named the Warner Robins Middle School Teacher of the Year. Mr. Sams received his master's degree in educational leadership from Columbus State University and a specialist in educational leadership from Valdosta State University. He served as assistant principal of both Lindsey Elementary and Northside Elementary before being named principal of Northside Elementary in 2016. In his free time, Mr. Sams enjoys spending time with his family and also at the Fab Lab, making gifts for the Northside Elementary faculty and staff.

Dr. Kristina Cummings, Assistant Principal of Instruction

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Dr. Cummings lived in California, Texas, and Colorado before settling in Georgia in 2003.  She received her bachelor's degree at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas and then completed her teacher certification at the University of Texas, El Paso.  She later earned her master’s degree in Information and Learning Technologies from the University of Colorado, Denver.  Dr. Cummings is also a proud “double bear” with a specialist degree in Educational Leadership and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University.  In 2005, she received National Board Certification, and she holds both Gifted and Science Endorsements.   

Dr. Cummings started her teaching career as a middle grade science and social studies teacher.  She has taught all levels from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and in three different states.  In 2003 she joined Bibb County Schools, where she taught as a science lab specialist and was recognized as a Top 5 County Teacher of the Year.  In 2015, she joined Houston County and started teaching at Eagle Springs Elementary School. Over her years in education, Dr. Cummings has served on various school and county leadership teams and as a curriculum writer for both Science and English Language Arts.  This year, Dr. Cummings is thrilled to join the Northside family as the school’s Assistant Principal of Instruction.

Dr. Cummings is married to Kevin, and they are the proud parents of two amazing children, Kelsey and Scott. When she isn’t working with students and families at school, Dr. Cummings loves to travel, read, snorkel, walk/hike, and spend time with her family.  She feels honored to get to work and learn this year as a Northside Falcon! 

Mrs. Ruthann Bowden, Assistant Principal of Discipline

Ruthann Bowden

Mrs. Ruthann Bowden worked in the the school district 22 years.  In 2000, she joined the teaching staff at Miller Elementary where she taught first and third grades for four years.  In 2004, she transferred to Russell Elementary to teach fifth grade.  After teaching fifth graders for four years, her final two years at Russell were spent teaching Kindergarten.  In 2010, she was hired at Centerville Elementary as part of the leadership team.  In 2017, Ruthann was name principal of Centerville Elementary where she stayed until retirement in 2022.  She returned to the District in the fall of 2023 to serve as a part-time Assistant Principal. 

After graduating John McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., she earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Fort Valley State University in 2000.  She has also earned a Master of Reading and Literacy from Walden University (2007) and a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University (2008).  She has been married to David Bowden for over 30 years and together have five children and three grandchildren.