All posts by Jane Zangerle

Welcome to Prairie View, Mr. Squires

Mr. Squires is from Granger, Iowa, near the Des Moines metro. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Simpson College this May. He student taught in the Waukee School District near Des Moines. Mr. Squires will be joining the third grade team at Prairie View in the fall of 2020.

Outside of teaching, Mr. Squires enjoys spending time with friends and family, going for runs, playing basketball, playing with his black lab, and watching sports, especially Iowa State!

Welcome Back to Prairie View, Lori Lindner

Preschool teacher Lori Lindner graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education, and has taught young children for over 20 years. This is her fourth year teaching at CCSD. She has two grown children who are also teachers.

In her free time, Ms. Lindner likes to bicycle, take her dog for walks, go to the gym, read, and play all kinds of games with family and friends. Ms. Lindner believes in building strong partnerships between home and school, and her goal is always to make the classroom a happy community where everyone feels welcome, safe, and valued for their individual strengths.


Welcome to Prairie View, Allison Walker

Allison Walker earned her Bachelor of Arts from Coe College in 2005. After working in human services, she transitioned to working in the schools as a substitute teacher for one year and then joined the Prairie preschool team in the fall of 2019.

Allison loves spending time with her husband Tod and daughters Kate (who attends Creek) and Jacey (who is at Crest). She also enjoys reading, staying active, walking her dog Kona and cooking. Allison is excited to join the View crew and assist with building a positive educational foundation for the preschool kiddos!

Welcome Back to Prairie View, Nikki Ott

Nikki Ott is excited to be back with the View Crew!! She can’t wait to see all the new and former students. She has been with the preschool program for 4 years this will be her fifth year. Outside of supporting students she enjoys spending time with her daughter Hailey (who goes to Prairie Point) and her husband Lee. She also enjoys riding bikes and trying new adventures. She looks forward to making new memories.

Volunteer Registration is Now Open

Volunteer Registration is now open

The annual online Volunteer Registration form is now open for the 2020-21 school year. With the rapidly changing Covid-19 circumstances, we are not sure what volunteering at Prairie Schools will look like when we resume school, however, we will keep you informed of any changes in our volunteer program. You may still complete the annual form now so you are ready to go.

All Prairie volunteers must complete this online form once per school year. All volunteers are checked against a national sex-offer database and also a criminal background check is performed before anyone is approved to chaperone. Please remember all people wanting to chaperone in the school must have already completed the form and been approved before volunteering.

The volunteer registration process will take you to a very short orientation. After you read through the orientation information, click on the link at the bottom of the page to be taken to the registration form to complete and submit. This orientation information is helpful to long-time volunteers and those that are new to volunteering at College Community Schools.

Click the link below to sign up to Volunteer:


Stress Relief Week

Stress Relief Week

Tuesday, February 18 Thru Friday, February 21

 We all experience stress in our lives. Our children do too. During the week of February 18-21, our teachers will spend some time helping our students manage stress better. From 9:10-9:30 school-wide students will participate in stress reducing activities. Some of the activities include yoga, coloring, dancing, deep breathing, and puzzle work. These are just a few examples of ways we can de-stress. Our goal is to teach children that although stress is a part of our lives, we can manage it and take better care of ourselves with these activities. 

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