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Pop POP parents of prairie

Prairie’s parent organization, POP, exists to work with the entire parent community to enhance the overall student experience. How? By bringing Prairie families together to build, enrich, and broaden relationships; by facilitating collaboration and dialogue between parents and faculty; by reinforcing the mission of the school; by providing useful services and a social connection. Every parent is encouraged to participate in POP activities in order to build a strong, connected Prairie community.

POP Events at Prairie

Questions? Contact Callie Atanasoff at (262) 752-2531 or catanasoff@prairieschool.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

Stay tuned for more details!

Join the POP Leadership Team

The purpose of POP is to bring the Prairie community together to build, enrich, and broaden relationships. This happens through family events, parent socials, and campus initiatives. In order to grow and expand these connections, POP is looking for parents to lead in the following areas:

Events

  • Goal: Create opportunities for parents and families to gather, both on and off campus.
  • Responsibilities: The Events team will work with the Admission Office to manage timelines and details for community events like Fall Fest, the Fall Parent Social, Gingerbread Bash, etc.

Outreach & Service

  • Goal: Provide useful services and give back to the Prairie community – students, faculty, and parents.
  • Responsibilities: Outreach and Service leaders will coordinate activities such as the Uniform Swap and Sale and Thank a Teacher Week, as well as manage an outreach network for community members.

Volunteer Management

  • Goal: Connect current parents with volunteer opportunities that fit their skills, interests, and schedules.
  • Responsibilities: Volunteer Management leaders will manage a database of parents who express an interest in community involvement, and connect them with the appropriate team.

Community Connections

  • Goal: Facilitate relationships between new and current parents to develop a stronger community.
  • Responsibilities: The Community Connections team will manage the Buddy Program, parent coffees, and other initiatives that encourage conversation and collaboration.

Meet the Leadership Team!

The POP Leadership Team is a group of parents representing all three divisions. The team works alongside the Admission Office to reinforce the mission of the school through community events and activities.

  • Tell us about your kids. Lilah 2022 and Zachary 2024
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I am grateful to have a supportive and loving husband and two happy & healthy kids!
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? Happy.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? I want my kids to know that I am always available to be a part of their lives.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I love spiders!
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Travel, eat and socialize
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? Both 3 years old, Early School
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? Relationships with teachers, staff and parents.
  • What do your children love about Prairie? Fun teachers that are flexible with their teaching methods. Every student learns differently and the teachers at Prairie make sure all understand what they are learning.
  • Preferred Email Address: tiffanybehrends@gmail.com
  • Tell us about your kids. Jack ’26, Joe, and Jordan ’31.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I appreciate having the opportunity to stay home with my children. It’s allowed me the time to spend with them as babies, and now the time to volunteer at their school.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a teacher. I received my Masters in Education and taught until choosing to stay home with my boys.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? I have a deep appreciation for The Prairie School. I have two different perspectives as both an alum and a parent that I feel is valuable to new families. I want new families to have an easy transition and build a similar appreciation for this community.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I love to travel!
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? My children started in Early School as three-year-olds.
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? I love that the school has three divisions. It’s such an advantage for the students to have multi-age buddies and the opportunity to observe the different events/milestones for each division throughout the year.
  • Preferred Email Address: sborzynski@gmail.com
  • Tell us about your kids. Eleanor ’30 and Gus ’33.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? Everything! I’m very lucky to have my husband and kids in my life.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? When I was 10, I read an article about scientists who were teaching monkeys sign language, and I really wanted to do that for a long time.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? Our family loves TPS. I want to give back and let other families know what a special place this is.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! History and travel light my soul up! My dream, when my husband and I retire, is to sell everything and travel the world as a nomad.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Walk, read, spend time with friends, visiting new restaurants and places.
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? Kindergarten.
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? Parent involvement is highly encouraged and supported. I’m welcome to have lunch with my kids and help in the classroom as needed. I appreciate having those opportunities as well as the open lines of communication with the teachers.
  • What do your children love about Prairie? There’s so much to love, but they definitely adore the teachers and staff.
  • Preferred Email Address: angie.burwell@gmail.com
  • Tell us about your kids: Norah 2032 and Teagan 2034
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I appreciate my wonderful husband and my two beautiful girls!
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? When I was younger, I wanted to be a scientist. I always loved doing experiments and understanding how things work.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer?  Since before my children started school, I always knew I wanted to be involved as much as I could be. I love being able to be a part of the community.
  • Share a fun fact(or two) about yourself! I really love Harry Potter!
  • What do you like to do in your free time? I love to travel!
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie?  Both of my girls started in Early School.
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? I love the ability to be part of their experience; whether it is joining them for lunch or a classroom party, or reading to the class.
  • What do your children love about Prairie? They have loved every teacher they have had!
  • Preferred email addressjennifer.cronin12@gmail.com
  • Tell us about your kids. I have three children: Emmett 14, Lillian 10, and Henry 6
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I am grateful everyday to be with my best friend and husband, my amazing children, and have a faith that helps us through our life.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? After living in Kuwait as a child, I wanted to be an ambassador to a Middle Eastern country.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? The kindness and integrity that we have been shown as a new Prairie family has inspired me to want to bring the same feelings to others.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I was part of a women’s hockey group that played in Columbus, OH each Friday morning.  I miss that… I also HATE water chestnuts! 🙁
  • What do you like to do in your free time? I love to sleep late, make homemade biscuits and do anything outside (including raising chickens!).
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? My children were 13, 9, and 5.  We are transplants from Columbus, OH.
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? I love the thought that everyone is looking out for your child’s best self and expecting it.  Having an education where teachers and staff meet your child where they are in any and every subject and take them into the next level is an important gift.
  • What do your children love about Prairie? They love the teachers and the amazing opportunities with the electives offered.
  • Preferred Email Address: mgute@mac.com