Karla Thies Named Prairie High School Principal

Following a comprehensive search, Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler is pleased to announce the appointment of Karla Thies as Principal of Prairie High School effective July 1, 2019 pending board approval. Thies will replace current Principal Erik Anderson who was selected as the next Superintendent for the Colfax-Mingo School District.

“I am excited to welcome Karla as the next leader of Prairie High School,” said Dr. Doug Wheeler, Superintendent of Schools.  “Karla brings with her a wealth of professional knowledge and successful experience in the areas of teaching and learning, professional learning communities, career/college readiness and creating positive, productive and well-managed learning environments for students at the high school level.  During the screening and vetting process, Karla was described as a highly knowledgeable, visible and engaged leader.  These leader attributes and her professional experience fit the leader profile developed through staff, student and family input.” 

Thies is currently completing her fourth year as an Assistant Principal at Rock Island High School in Illinois. As the Assistant Principal she established professional learning communities, partnered with Instructional Leaders to align content curriculums to learning standards, facilitated new course offerings and expanded dual credit opportunities through their local community college. Prior to Rock Island High School she taught seventh grade language arts for 11 years at Edison Junior High. She also served as a Junior High Summer School Administrator and Coordinator.

“I’ve learned in a short amount of time that Prairie High School is a place with strong connections between home and school with staff members who are committed to providing a solid educational foundation,” said Thies. “The programs are impressive and I look forward to enhancing course and career pathway opportunities for all students. I am truly excited to become a part of College Community School District and I look forward to getting to know our students, staff, parents and community.”

Thies earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University.