Back to top

Our Principal

At Prairie Hills Elementary we recognize that learning is not a spectator sport. Throughout the school day, students are engaged in reading, writing and problem solving. Technology is also integrated into our curriculum and students have access to more than 100 computers, 400 Chromebooks and laptops, and 80 iPads to increase opportunities for engagement and academic success.

Our teachers are what make our school so outstanding. Our philosophy is: “If you want to reach a child’s mind, you must first touch their heart” – Margaret Wheatley, author. When students reach high expectations through effective teaching strategies, their self-esteem rises along with their self-confidence. Our teachers are conscientious, dedicated and experienced professionals who work with each and every student to ensure academic growth. We focus on a child’s strengths rather than their weaknesses, so students feel at ease learning and they know that making mistakes is a part of the learning process. We also place a great emphasis on being respectful and kind to one another, building character and strengthening bonds between students, staff and the community.

Not only is our school an effective and caring environment, it is also a safe and secure place for your child. Students enter the building right at arrival time and our playground is well supervised during the day. In addition, each grade level has its own restroom facilities. To further ensure the safety of our children, upon entering the building visitors must report to the main office and present a valid state-issued ID so our V-soft system can screen each individual against law enforcement records.

Prairie Hills balances security with warm and welcoming amenities. When you walk into our school the first thing you will see is our library because it is the heart of our school. On the first floor there are trees, ceiling tiles in the shape of clouds and a fireplace that is lit on snowy days. We want our building to invoke a sense of home and inspire creativity.

With our record of academic excellence, integrated technology, caring learning environment and our commitment to providing a safe place to learn, we believe Prairie Hills is where your child will receive the best education possible. We invite you to visit us and see firsthand what makes our school so special. Call 720-972-8780 today to schedule a tour of our school.

Staff - Principal

photo of Kathryn Hastings

Mrs. Kathryn Hastings

Principal
BS, MA
I am originally from Broomfield Hills Michigan and received my Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College and my Master’s degree from the University of Denver in Boulder.  Having taught kindergarten... Read More