Dr. John Fry is a passionate educator and leader who is committed to transforming both the academic and social-emotional trajectory of students. He is a licensed K-12 principal and Director of Special Education. As a teacher, he is licensed in Social Studies, Emotional or Behavior Disabilities (EBD) and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). He currently serves as the Director of Student Services in Columbia Heights School District.
He began his career as a paraprofessional in a Setting IV Separate Public Day School. After serving one year in that capacity, he continued in that setting in the role of a teacher for two years. He transitioned to working with general and special education students in a private treatment facility in the Twin Cities area for four years. Dr. Fry began his administrative career serving for six years as an assistant principal at the North Education Center (NEC) with Intermediate District 287.
In John's last role, he served as the Elementary and Early Childhood Program Administrator for the Stillwater Area Public Schools. In his role in Stillwater, he supported regular and special educators, in providing an inclusive environment that meets the needs of students. Additionally, he supports Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in his district by developing systems and procedures for scientifically research-based interventions in the area of social-emotional learning, reading, and math. Furthermore, he worked collaboratively in developing a system and accompanying manual for clarity on SLD eligibility determination in the area of reading through the use of Response to Intervention (RTI). Finally, he is a presenter at state, national, and international conferences.