Welcome New Staff


Prairie Ridge is excited to welcome these new staff members joining our Ridge team in helping provide education for your children.

Jenn Meier – 1st Grade

Jenn Meier graduated from Coe College with a degree in Elementary Education.  She received her Master’s Degree in Collaborative Teaching and Learning from Graceland University.  This will be Mrs. Meier’s 21st of teaching.  She taught 15 years in the Cedar Rapids School District and will be going into her 6th year here at Prairie.

Mrs. Meier and her husband have 3 children.  Sophia is a freshman at UNI, Reid is an 8th grader at Point, and Emma is a 7th grader at Point.  When not at school Mrs. Meier and her husband enjoy watching what their 3 children love to do soccer, basketball, or baseball.

Kylie McDermott – 2nd Grade

Kylie McDermott grew up in Cedar Rapids and attended the Cedar Rapids school district. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Mercy University with a degree in Elementary Education and a focus in the area of reading and special education.  Prior to joining the College Community School District, Mrs. McDermott worked In the Cedar Rapids school district as a special education, 1st grade and 2nd grade teacher.

Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her daughter, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes!

Paula Heber – Special Education

Mrs. Heber earned her Bachelor of Arts degree of Buena Vista University in 2000 and went on to further her education and graduated from Viterbo University with a Master’s in Education.  Mrs. Heber is a certified K-8 teacher with endorsements in reading and special education.  Prior to joining Prairie Ridge, Mrs. Heber taught 7th grade reading, language arts and special education at Prairie Point Middle School and Ninth Grade Academy for the last seventeen years.

Mrs. Heber enjoys reading, swimming, exercising, working in her yard, camping/traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Faith – Certified School Therapy Dog

My name is Faith and I am a 16 month old yellow Labrador. I am thrilled to join Taxi at Ridge this school year as another certified therapy dog.  I have previously lived in South Dakota and Kansas where I received my training.  Miss Klekar traveled to Kansas this summer and we trained together and graduated through the CARES (Canine Assistance Rehabilitation, Education and Services) Program.  I enjoy going on walks, being read to, and playing fetch to burn off my puppy energy.  During the school day, I will be alongside Mr. Marshall, and have the opportunity to go into all of the classrooms and interact with all students throughout the day!  I am looking forward to a fantastic school year.

Prairie Ridge also welcomes two new paraprofessional , Lisa Metzler and Breonna Patrick.