Hello Falcon Families!

Prairie High School is aligned with the BGPS district goals and is a strong provider of high-quality instruction and strong social-emotional skills for all of our students.  As we continue to offer rigorous Advanced Placement courses, and through our extensive partnerships with CASEE, Cascadia Tech Academy, and Running Start, it is our mission to ensure every student graduates on time and with options.  Our Career Technical Education programs are growing every year, offering students the opportunity to earn college credits while learning career-focused skills.  PHS also offers the ability for students to access some of their six classes online. This is a program that we are working to expand at PHS as we respond to student needs due to the COVID pandemic.  We believe in the abilities of all our students, and our work is to nurture them as members of the global society they belong to, recognizing their place in the shared guardianship of the planet, and to help create a better, more peaceful world.  PHS believes in the humanity of all it’s members, and their well-being physically, emotionally, and emotionally. We accomplish this through our school values of:


Rigorous academics, innovation, and life-long learning


For each other and the planet


Be the best version of yourself in all things


Have the grit to never give up on your aspirations and goals


Take pride in what you create and contribute 

Prairie is fortunate to have a strong partnership with our Boosters and parents in the community.  Our success would not be possible without the support and positive impact our families and community partners have on PHS.  We are thankful for the on-going support you all provide.With Prairie PRIDE,Susananh WoehrPrincipal 

Meet the Administrative Team!

Susannah Woehr, Principal
Hello Falcon families! I am excited to be returning for my second year as your principal.   I love being in this area, as it is close to home for me.  I’m originally from Hillsboro, OR, but became a Washingtonian after going to college at UW, and beginning my career in education in Seattle, where I got my first position teaching Language Arts in 2006.  My plan was always to return to the Portland area and my family eventually, but I got married, bought a house, and had a child while living in Seattle.  Along that journey, I left the classroom to be a Success Dean in Highline School District, and eventually an Assistant Principal at Renton High School.  Recently, I made the decision to return back to this area so I could be nearer my family.  A desire to stay in Washington led me to Battle Ground, where the vision and goals for this district are so clear and inspiring that as an educational leader, I was overjoyed when I was chosen to be principal for Prairie High School. It is here that I feel I have truly come home!
Kelly Torrez, Assistant Principal
Hi Falcons!  I am so excited to be starting this year at Prairie HS! I am coming to PHS from Oregon where I was an Assistant Principal in the Gresham-Barlow School District and Lincoln County School District.  Prior to being an administrator, I was a Social Studies, Math, and AVID teacher as well as spending several years coaching volleyball, basketball and track and field. I grew up in Tualatin, Oregon, and I studied at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) where I earned my BA in Social Studies and at Concordia University where I earned my MA in Teaching.   I decided to go back to school in 2007 to earn my administrative credential from Tarleton State University while I was living in Texas.  I live in Vancouver with my husband, and I LOVE to travel and hope to see as much of the world as I can.  I am looking forward to a great school year and meeting all of you!
Manny Melo, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director 
Hey Falcons!  I am entering my second year at Prairie as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director!  This will be my tenth year in education and prior to Prairie, I was a Health and Fitness teacher in the Battle Ground and Hockinson School Districts.  Alongside teaching, I have coached multiple sports for a number of years and most recently was the head boys’ basketball coach at Battle Ground High School.  I received my undergraduate degree and Master’s degree from Central Washington University, where I also played football and ran track.  I  received my Administrative credentials from Concordia University.  The surrounding Battle Ground area has been my home for my entire life and my family includes my amazing wife and two boys, one who is starting kindergarten this year! I am looking forward to helping all of our students and student athletes succeed!  I cannot wait to start the school year! Go Falcons!
Darren Fox, Dean for Students
Hey Falcons! I feel really lucky to be joining your community as your Dean for Students. I just moved to Vancouver and I’m looking forward to having many adventures in Washington and Oregon. For the past 17 years I served as a physics/chemistry teacher, soccer coach and Departmental Administrator in Philadelphia, PA and Indianapolis, IN. I grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, went to College in Wisconsin and lived in Indianapolis Indiana for the past 12 years. I am an avid rock climber, enjoy playing card/board games, hiking/biking/kayaking, and traveling the world. I am looking forward to an exceptional school year and meeting the PHS students and families.
Erin Thompson, Assistant Principal
Welcome back Falcons! I am so excited to begin another school year with you as an Assistant Principal here at Prairie. This will be the start of my fifth year at Prairie and my eighth with the Battle Ground Schools. Prior to that, I was a high school teacher in the Vancouver Public Schools at Skyview High School and Columbia River High School where I taught English, Science, Social Studies, Literacy, ELL and ALE for 18 years. I am also a Vancouver native. I grew up here in Vancouver and graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School. I graduated from Western Washington University and Washington State University (GO COUGS!), but ultimately decided to settle here in Vancouver. I am married to my best friend, who is also a high school teacher and Cougar Alumni. We have three children, a freshman daughter, a middle school daughter, and a son who is a junior at WSU-V and who graduated from Prairie in 2019. We also have three Alaskan Malamutes who are silly and ridiculous. I love Prairie! The community of students, staff and families is supportive, inclusive and kind. I am excited to finally have a year that seems normal. There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing students participate in the activities (academics, athletics, activities and clubs) where they feel confident and supported. Welcome back everyone!


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