Philip Cummings, M.Ed.

Academic Director

As The Goodale School’s Academic Director, Philip Cummings, M.Ed., provides oversight to the academic components of the program. His role is to ensure that students are both challenged and supported in their academic journey at Goodale and that the educational program aligns with accreditation requirements. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lipscomb University and a Master of Education degree in School Administration and Supervision from Freed-Hardeman University. At 17 years of age, he began working with fellow teenagers as a camp counselor and youth director. Since 1999, he has taught in and led public and private K-12 schools. He served as the Academic Director at The Goodale School’s predecessor organization for two years. In addition to earning his license as a teacher and school administrator, Philip has served as a teaching fellow for the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence and has participated in Harvard’s Project Zero. Educational researcher Ron Ritchhart discusses one aspect of Philip's work with students in Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools. As an educator, Philip is an advocate for student-driven inquiry and project-based learning. He is equally committed to helping students succeed academically and in recovery. When he’s not working, Philip enjoys date nights with his wife, reading, writing and running. He tries to live and love well and believes it’s important to do work that matters.

The Goodale School team is happy to speak with you to determine if our program is the right fit for your son or client. For information, please contact Stacy Barnard, Director of Admissions and Marketing at (828) 220-0040, ext. 2240 or email

75 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801
The Goodale School is affiliated with Monarch, a leading statewide provider of services to thousands of people with mental illness, substance use disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina. The organization is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission.
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