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Prairie Conversations

34 EpisodesProduced by Steve DoserWebsite

Updates and interviews for all things College Community Schools

34 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

School Therapy Dogs

January 10th, 2023


Prairie View Elementary School Counselor Jen Neira talks about the role and the positive impact therapy dogs play in our schools.

Prairie Activities - Rocky Bennett

November 17th, 2022


Prairie Activities Director Rocky Bennett talks about the current status of activities. He talks about programs, facilities, expectations, the MVC conference, and his vision.

Future Now

October 26th, 2022


Future Now Coordinator Sam Black talks about the program and their efforts to engage more students in grades 7-12. Sam shares the importance of …

District Update with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Wheeler

October 3rd, 2022


Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Wheeler talks about recent construction projects, Prairie Ready initiative, community support, staff impact, and …

Meet Dean Buresh - 1964 Prairie High School Graduate

September 16th, 2022


Dean, who spent his entire career working in advertising, talks about the impact Prairie and his teachers had on his life. Dean also talks about his new book titled “Teachers, You Can’t Live Without Them.”

Prairie Archery Club

May 17th, 2022


Coaches Mitch Bock and Rick Nelson talk about the growth and success the Prairie Archery Club has seen since it began in 2015-2016. Today there are a 158 who participate in archery.

Prairie Creek Principal Jennifer McDonnell

May 4th, 2022


Principal Jennifer McDonnell provides updates and insight on all things Creek. She talks about the transition process for incoming 5th graders, the …

Debbie Erenberger - 1976 Prairie Graduate

April 28th, 2022


Debbie shares her experiences through her eyes as a Prairie graduate, a mother and an educator.

1979 Prairie Graduate Jeff Johnson

April 13th, 2022


Jeff shares his experiences as a tour manager with the Impractical Jokers, working with other entertainers, and his days at Prairie High School.

Prairie Chess Club

February 24th, 2022


Prairie Chess Club Organizer/Instructor Jim Hodina shares his involvement with the club. Jim talks about the club's growth and the opportunities for …

Fine Arts-The Student Experience with Lydia Welch

February 17th, 2022


Lydia talks about her amazing experiences in the fine arts. She shares her proudest moments, her friendships and her love for the fine arts community.

Early Childhood Program

January 31st, 2022


Kathy discusses Prairie’s early childhood programming for infants through school-age students.

Grant Wood AEA

January 27th, 2022


John Speer discusses the services and programs that are provided by Grant Wood AEA to local school districts.

Coaching Athletes

December 2nd, 2021


Boys and girls cross country and track and field coach Bill Schwarz shares his coaching philosophy. Bill talks about the importance of having a positive impact with every single athlete and his commitment to building …

Career Exploration and Future Ready

November 10th, 2021


How Prairie is preparing students for life after school.

Prairie Point Middle School Principal Ian Dye

October 1st, 2021


Principal Ian Dye talks about his role as as a building leader and Point’s commitment to supporting and inspiring students to take an active role in …

Prairie High School - Principal Karla Thies

September 10th, 2021


Principal Karla Thies talks about her role as a building leader and the high school’s commitment to supporting students in their educational journey.

Prairie Booster Club

August 19th, 2021


Jerry Snyder talks about the role of the Booster Club and their support and commitment of student athletes and programs.

Meet School Board President Randy Bauer

May 4th, 2021


Randy talks about the role of the School Board and shares his commitment to public education.

Veteran Teacher - Meet Lisa Meyers

April 21st, 2021


Lisa Meyers shares her experiences and her lifelong passion for teaching.

New Teacher Experience - Meet Katie Costigan

April 15th, 2021


Katie shares her experiences, successes and challenges of being new to the teaching profession.

Buildings and Grounds

March 25th, 2021


Buildings and Grounds Director Duane Carver talks about how Community maintains 1.3 million square feet of buildings and maintains 640 acres.

Food and Nutrition

March 10th, 2021


Conversation focuses on the role of food and nutrition for our students.

The Student Athlete

February 23rd, 2021


Conversation focuses on what it’s to be a student athlete. The commitment that goes into balancing school and sports.

Role of an Elementary Principal

February 16th, 2021


The conversation focuses on the many roles of an Elementary Principal which includes staff development, student growth and promoting a positive …

Student Enrollment Process

January 29th, 2021


Episode focuses on the student enrollment process for earliest learners, new students and returning students.

Special Education Program and Services

January 12th, 2021


Conversation focuses on the types of services and supports that can be provided for students through special education services.

Volunteer Program

December 16th, 2020


Conversation focuses on our Volunteer Program and the positive impact they have on our students, staff and schools.

Prairie School Foundation

December 2nd, 2020


Foundation talks about the role they play in supporting Prairie students, programs and staff.

Learning Supports for Students

November 18th, 2020


Today’s discussion focuses on learning supports for our PK-12 Students.

Transportation Department

November 5th, 2020


College Community Schools Transportation Department

Student Perspective

October 7th, 2020


Conversation with Prairie High School Senior Emma Speer

District at a Glance

September 30th, 2020


Interview with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Wheeler.

Episode 1 Technology

September 16th, 2020


An interview with Eric Townsley, Executive Director of Technology.

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