Prairie adds "Best Place to Work" to list of latest honors.

By Brendan O'Brien | all school, Student Life

As one finalist after another heard their name called at last week’s Best Places to Work celebration at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Prairie Middle School teacher Brianna Kuntsman had a premonition – Prairie was going to win this thing.

She was right. The last name called in the Large Category (100-199 employees) at this year’s BPTW ceremony was in fact The Prairie School.

Through a scoring process based on surveyed employees, the Business Journal selected 54 businesses and organizations that proved they have created stimulating work environments that keep their employees engaged and fulfilled. With a score of 90.06, Prairie finished ahead of Concurrency Inc. (89.07) and Wipfli LLP (89.05).

The honor comes roughly 12 months after TPS was named the Best Private, Independent School in Wisconsin for 2019 by

The annual celebration – which this year included a Halloween costume contest – was a chance for finalists to celebrate together while awaiting to learn who would take home the title of champion in Micro, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large business categories.

“This annual awards program is fun for us as it allows area businesses and organizations to shine and let everyone know what they stand for in terms of how they treat their employees,” wrote Mark Kass, editor-in-chief at the Business Journal. “In today’s competitive world to recruit and retain employees, being named one of the area’s Best Places to Work can be a stamp of approval of the way a company is run, along with being a great recruiting tool for future workers.”

And what is Kuntsman’s favorite thing about working at Prairie?

“The people I get to see everyday,” she says. “This includes the students and my colleagues. Prairie has a special way of forming a close community and the people here feel like an extension to my family.”

Click here to read more about what makes Prairie the best place to work in Southeastern Wisconsin.