Hello Falcon Families!

I don’t have the words to say how excited I am to join Prairie High School.  As I step  into a community with a rich history and strong traditions, I look forward to upholding the history and traditions as your principal, as well as leading the school improvements to provide your children with the best education possible.  I am excited to be here as we come back together for the first in-person start of a school year since 2019, and recognize what a huge responsibility it is.  Safety is our first priority, and we will be following the WA State DOH’s K-12 requirements for health and safety.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!

 Principal Woehr
Susannah Woehr, Principal
I was born and raised in Hillsboro, OR. In 2001, I went to University of Washington  in Seattle, where I earned a BA with a dual major in English and Visual Arts.  I came back to the PDX region for grad school, earning my Masters In Education from Portland State University in 2006. I went back to Seattle, where I got my first position teaching Language Arts.  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 West Seattle.  Along that journey, I left the classroom to be a Success Dean in Highline School District in 2016, where I also did my admin internship.  I became an Assistant Principal in 2019 at Renton High School, where the COVID pandemic taught me more about school leadership than 10 years on the job ever could.  2021 brought with it the need to move back down to be closer to my family.  A desire to stay in WA state led me to BGPS, where the vision and goals for this district are so clear and inspiring as a building 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!
Lindsay McQuiston, Assistant Principal
Hello families!  I am entering my tenth year at Prairie High School (boy, time flies!), fourth as an assistant principal with six years on the PHS math team.  Prior, I taught mathematics abroad in Puerto Rico and Spain.  I am a Logger (University of Puget Sound) and Tiger (Colorado College) by heart but always cheer for the Iowa Hawkeyes above all.  My family includes my husband, who is a nurse, and my two young children, who have grown up at Prairie athletic events and love to meet the students who walk our halls.  I look forward to another year of serving this amazing community and hope that we get the chance to chat in person this year.  Please email or call me so I can be a partner in your students’ success.
Manny Melo, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director 
Hey Falcons!  I am entering my first year at Prairie as the new Assistant Principal and Athletic Director and I couldn’t be more excited!  This will be my ninth 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 most recently 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. I grew up competing against Prairie in every sport when I attended Battle Ground High School and I am very excited to join the Falcon Family!  I am looking forward to helping all of our students and student athletes succeed!  I cannot wait to start the school year! Go Falcons!
Colin Rush, Dean for Students
Hey Falcons!  It’s great to be back for my 4th year as Dean for Students. I’ve been working with teenagers since I was one back in the 90s! Prior to coming to Prairie I taught math for 7 years, worked as a Dean and Assistant Principal for 6 years at the middle and high school level.  I also spent 4 years working as an Area Director for Younglife.   I just celebrated my 20th anniversary with my wife who I met at Linfield College. We and our 3 kids (1 in college, 1 in high school and 1 in middle school) love taking road trips, hiking in the Gorge and playing disc golf.  It’s going to be an awesome year here at PHS, I can’t wait to see you soon!
Erin Thompson, Assistant Principal
Welcome back Falcons! I am so excited to start another school year with you as an Assistant Principal here at Prairie. This will be the start of my fourth year at Prairie and my seventh 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, two middle school daughters, and a son, who graduated from Prairie in 2019. I 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 think we can all agree that the last 18 months has been incredibly challenging for everyone. I am thrilled to get back to as much “normal” as possible; learning in classes, lunch time, athletic events as well as all of the amazing extra curricular activities in order to see our students shine bright. Welcome back everyone!


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