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Meet the Principals

Mr. Eric Cassie

Dear Shumate Parents, Students, and Community,

On behalf of the entire Shumate staff, we welcome you to the beginning of the 2017-2018 School Year! We look forward to working with you to ensure that your child learns and grows academically, socially and emotionally. We are committed to challenging your child and ensuring that their educational experience at Shumate is engaging, meaningful and relevant to future successes.

I feel so fortunate to already know more than ¼ of the students and families as I begin my first year as Shumate’s principal, as I was the principal at Chapman Elementary school for the past three years. Prior becoming the principal of Chapman, I spent fifteen years working for Livonia Public Schools. During my time working in Livonia, I enjoyed and learned from my experiences in a self-contained fifth and sixth grade classroom at Cass Elementary School. I was then able to gain additional instructional and administrative experience at Emerson Middle School, teaching seventh and eighth grade science, language arts, robotics and success strategies courses, as well as serving as Emerson's athletic director.

I consider myself extremely fortunate in that I had parents, teachers, coaches and administrators during my K-12 experiences that helped me build a strong foundation as a lifelong learner. I will continue to commit myself to fostering a similar passion for learning among our students.

On a personal note, I am the proud father of two wonderful school aged children. With every decision I make as an educator, they continually serve to remind me of the opportunities I would want afforded to my own children.

As principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. I believe that high quality education can only be fully realized through a genuine partnership. During the course of this year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the students of Shumate with the best possible learning opportunities in order to prepare them to be active, engaged and informed citizens, ready to master the challenges of the twenty-first century. Please feel free to stop in to introduce yourself and discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas. Together we can make this a wonderful year for the students and the entire learning community of Shumate! I look forward to a rewarding partnership with all of you.


Mr. Eric Cassie


Shumate Middle School


Mr. Tracy Richardson

I was born and raised in Rockwood, Michigan and a proud graduate of Oscar A. Carlson High School. I have been fortunate to serve the Gibraltar School District for the past 16 years. Student safety and well-being are paramount to me. My passion lies in helping each and every student toward successful educational endeavors.

Responsibility and Accountability

Mr. Richardson and Mr. Cassie believe the positive culture at Shumate is a collaborative effort by students, staff and parents. Our staff is in the business of educating and we recognize that every activity is a learning opportunity. We are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students to reach their full potential. We are honored to serve as the building administration for our learning community at Shumate Middle School.

Tracy Richardson

Assistant Principal

Shumate Middle School