Welcome New Staff

Prairie Ridge would like to welcome three new teachers for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Please join us in welcoming…….

Mrs. Pickering – 3rd Grade

My name is Chris Pickering and I am very excited to be on the 3rd grade team at Prairie Ridge. This is my 21st year of teaching at a variety of grade levels (18 years at 5th-6th grade and this will be my 3rd year at 3rd grade). I received my BS degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and my Master’s Degree from Coe College.

I am married to my husband, Mike, who is a Business Development Manager at ESP in Cedar Rapids. I have two boys, Andrew and Jacob, who both graduated from Prairie. Andrew went into the military but has since finished his service, moved back to Swisher, and purchased a home. This summer he finished up his 4-year degree in Business Finance and is getting married in January. Jacob also went into the military. He recently returned from a 1-year deployment in Iraq/Syria with his Military Working Dog, Barbi, who is a bomb dog. Jacob and Barbi are stationed in Kentucky. I enjoy family time, boating, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles with my husband, and being in the outdoors. I have two hunting dogs, Sadie and Jaxson, which I treasure.

I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Ridge staff. I’m looking forward to a fantastic 2020-21 school year!

Mrs. Lair – 4th Grade

  My name is Mrs. Lair and this will be my third year teaching at College Community School District and my seventh year of teaching overall. The past two years I taught 6th grade Literacy and Social Studies at Creek. Before coming to CCSD, I taught various grade levels at North Cedar Community School District including 3rd, 4th, 5th, and At-Risk. I attended The University of Iowa for my Bachelor’s Degree (Go Hawkeyes!) and earned a Master’s Degree from Drake University.

At home, I spend a lot of time with my daughter, Millie, and my husband James. We have a cat named Figg and a dog named Phoenix. They are both named after characters in the Harry Potter series, my all-time favorite books! I love to bake and cook, go on walks, and cheer on our favorite teams the Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals. I am so excited to continue my journey at CCSD at Prairie Ridge!

Ms. Patrick – Special Education

My name is Marley Patrick and I am heading into my first year of teaching! I graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After graduation I moved to Iowa City and completed my student teaching in the College Community School District as well as the Cedar Rapids Community School District. I am extra excited to be at Ridge Elementary School this fall because Ridge is where I completed part of my student teaching! I was with Mrs. Viet in her amazing Kindergarten classroom last fall and it was the best eight weeks of my life!

On top of getting the opportunity to be back at Ridge this school year I will also be one of the 9th Grade Volleyball coaches at Prairie Point. Volleyball has always been  a huge part of my life and I am so excited to see where this coaching journey takes me! I can’t wait to get to work with fall with the Ridge staff and students!