Principal Message

  • Dear Prairie Parents and Guardians,
    It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 2022 - 2023 school year! I hope you all are doing well and staying healthy! The entire staff is thrilled to welcome our students to full in-person learning in true Prairie Panther fashion!     

    We would like to invite everyone to school for the Open House on September 1st from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. For families with students receiving Special Education services, please arrive at 5:30 p.m. to meet the new team and hear our goals as well as ask any questions you would like.  Our staff is looking forward to seeing the students and welcoming everyone back to school.

    We have new staff members to welcome to the Prairie School family.

    Ms. Becki Fowler will be our Assistant Principal, sharing her time with Mill Pond and McKenna. She has worked for 15 years in Yelm and has a background in Special Education. This will be her first year as an administrator and we are excited to welcome her to Prairie.
    Ms. Maggie Friesz is our new 3rd-grade teacher. She is a graduate of Yelm and loves baseball, camping, and riding quads.

    Ms. Kim Brazil is our Special Education teacher teaching Resource. She will be working in most classrooms and with kids throughout the whole school. She loves hiking, biking, traveling and huckleberry picking.  She is so excited about working at Prairie.
    Ms. Kayla Connally and Mr. Charles Welk will be working in our Special Education Functional Learning Center.

    Ms. Connally has worked at Prairie and has a deep knowledge of tools and strategies to help students learn and find their strengths in school.

    Mr. Welk comes from a background in the Navy and is a proactive teacher as he works with each student to find success. 

    I am honored to join Yelm Community Schools as the Principal of Prairie.  This is my 12th year in school administration.  I have worked for Seattle Public Schools for the past 11 years and loved it.  Before that, I taught for 13 years in Spanish Immersion, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. I have always wanted to work and live in the same community and this job is a dream come true.  I look forward to meeting families and getting to know the students.
    I have loved meeting the amazing staff and we are excited about growing together, building upon the great foundation that is strong at Prairie. 

    Tami Beach, Principal