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Prairie Conversations

Prairie Conversations

By Steve Doser
Updates and interviews for all things College Community Schools
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Meet Dean Buresh - 1964 Prairie High School Graduate

Prairie Conversations

Meet Dean Buresh - 1964 Prairie High School Graduate
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.”
September 16, 2022
Prairie Archery Club
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.
May 17, 2022
Prairie Creek Principal Jennifer McDonnell
Principal Jennifer McDonnell provides updates and insight on all things Creek. She talks about the transition process for incoming 5th graders, the new 5-6 building and her role as the educational leader.
May 04, 2022
Debbie Erenberger - 1976 Prairie Graduate
Debbie shares her experiences through her eyes as a Prairie graduate, a mother and an educator.
April 28, 2022
1979 Prairie Graduate Jeff Johnson
Jeff shares his experiences as a tour manager with the Impractical Jokers, working with other entertainers, and his days at Prairie High School.
April 13, 2022
Prairie Chess Club
Prairie Chess Club Organizer/Instructor Jim Hodina shares his involvement with the club. Jim talks about the club's growth and the opportunities for students of all ages to get involved. 
February 24, 2022
Fine Arts-The Student Experience with Lydia Welch
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.
February 17, 2022
Early Childhood Program
Kathy discusses Prairie’s early childhood programming for infants through school-age students.
January 31, 2022
Grant Wood AEA
John Speer discusses the services and programs that are provided by Grant Wood AEA to local school districts.
January 27, 2022
Coaching Athletes
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 high expectations and character throughout his programs.
December 02, 2021
Career Exploration and Future Ready
How Prairie is preparing students for life after school.
November 10, 2021
Prairie Point Middle School Principal Ian Dye
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 their education.
October 01, 2021
Prairie High School - Principal Karla Thies
Principal Karla Thies talks about her role as a building leader and the high school’s commitment to supporting students in their educational journey.
September 10, 2021
Prairie Booster Club
Jerry Snyder talks about the role of the Booster Club and their support and commitment of student athletes and programs.
August 19, 2021
Meet School Board President Randy Bauer
Randy talks about the role of the School Board and shares his commitment to public education.
May 04, 2021
Veteran Teacher - Meet Lisa Meyers
Lisa Meyers shares her experiences and her lifelong passion for teaching.
April 21, 2021
New Teacher Experience - Meet Katie Costigan
Katie shares her experiences, successes and challenges of being new to the teaching profession.
April 15, 2021
Buildings and Grounds
Buildings and Grounds Director Duane Carver talks about how Community maintains 1.3 million square feet of buildings and maintains 640 acres.
March 25, 2021
Food and Nutrition
Conversation focuses on the role of food and nutrition for our students.
March 10, 2021
The Student Athlete
Conversation focuses on what it’s to be a student athlete. The commitment that goes into balancing school and sports.
February 23, 2021
Role of an Elementary Principal
The conversation focuses on the many roles of an Elementary Principal which includes staff development, student growth and promoting a positive learning environment.
February 16, 2021
Student Enrollment Process
Episode focuses on the student enrollment process for earliest learners, new students and returning students.
January 29, 2021
Special Education Program and Services
Conversation focuses on the types of services and supports that can be provided for students through special education services.
January 12, 2021
Volunteer Program
Conversation focuses on our Volunteer Program and the positive impact they have on our students, staff and schools.
December 16, 2020
Prairie School Foundation
Foundation talks about the role they play in supporting Prairie students, programs and staff.
December 02, 2020
Learning Supports for Students
Today’s discussion focuses on learning supports for our PK-12 Students.
November 18, 2020
Transportation Department
College Community Schools Transportation Department
November 05, 2020
Student Perspective
Conversation with Prairie High School Senior Emma Speer
October 07, 2020
District at a Glance
Interview with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Wheeler.
September 30, 2020
Episode 1 Technology
An interview with Eric Townsley, Executive Director of Technology.
September 16, 2020