Hawker Selected to Lead Prairie Heights Elementary School

The College Community School District has named Annie Hawker as the new principal at Prairie Heights Elementary School.  Her appointment is effective July 1 pending Board approval. 

“I am excited to welcome Annie to the College Community Leadership Team,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Wheeler. “Her experiences teaching and leading across many grade levels combined with her experiences working to meet the needs of all learners will be a great asset to the Prairie community.”

Hawker, who is in her 20th year in education, comes to College Community from the Mount Vernon Community School District where she is the District Leadership Instructional Specialist. In her current role she supports and leads curriculum development, oversees district professional learning communities, and leads a variety of district initiatives. Prior to her leadership role, she was an elementary special education teacher for six years, a kindergarten teacher for ten years, and a PK-4th grade academic interventionist for two years. While teaching, she also served as a PK-8th grade literacy mentor.

“We are delighted for Annie Hawker to serve as the new principal of Prairie Heights Elementary School,” said Tracy Schipper, Executive Director of Elementary Programs. “Annie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in elementary education along with a track record of putting students at the center of her leadership. She is passionate about building positive relationships with students, staff, and families and will be a strong addition to the Prairie team.”

Hawker earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, a master’s degree in Special Education and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education all from the University of Iowa.

“I am overjoyed to join the College Community School District and the Prairie Heights Elementary School team,” said Hawker. “I look forward to connecting and learning with our staff and our students to ensure success and positive outcomes for all. Starting day one, I look forward to building strong relationships with our Prairie Heights students, colleagues, and families.”