People of Prairie

During this Season of Thanks, Join Us as We Celebrate

During this Season of Thanks, Join Us as We Celebrate

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TPS is a one-of-a-kind community. A place filled with wisdom seekers and problem solvers, fearless creatives and compassionate supporters.

More than its architecture and its natural beauty, more than academic ingenuity and athletic prowess, Prairie’s super power has always emanated from one place.

Its people.

As 2022 draws to a close, we want to recognize the people who have proven pivotal in your life. Tell us about your favorite teacher, coach, or mentor. Tell us about the connections and interactions and stories that still linger, all these years later.

Whether sharing a memory, making a gift in honor of the teacher who impacted your life, or both, join us this December as we celebrate the people of Prairie.

Pat Badger

Advisor to the Head of School for Arts and Equity, Multicultural Club Advisor & Former Teacher

"When the name Pat Badger is spoken, people cannot help but produce a genuine smile. These smiles are immediately followed by thoughtful stories or a heartfelt notes of appreciation detailing the ways in which Pat has impacted their lives, has truly noticed them, helped them, supported them, and valued them for who they are. Pat fosters genuine connection with others and she beautifully builds community. I believe that because she deeply cares about others, she in turn, inspires others to grow and strive to become better. A sincere thank you to Pat Badger who continues to inspire me and has made a forever footprint on my heart."

- Mari Grobschmidt

Marcia Wilks

1st Grade Teacher

"Mrs. Wilks is the best teacher ever. I love her so much because she does so many fun things with our class. I especially love all of the math games she teaches us."

- Emersyn Brzezinski '34

Liza Davis

Upper School Academic Dean & Upper School English Teacher

"Liza Davis was my advisor during my time as an Upper School student at Prairie. She was extremely valuable to my development into a young adult. I have always admired how she can balance seriousness with lighthearted fun. One of the first things I did when I came back to campus after graduating was checking to see if she still had her Legolas cardboard cut out in her room. I am happy to say it's still there! I will always be thankful that she was my advisor, as I have carried the lessons she taught me through the years. I am so proud to now call her a colleague."

- Trista Deuster '16