Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: B.S. in Psychology M.S in Education: Major in Professional School Counseling Education Certifications: 5-12 Psychology 5-12 Sociology K-8 Professional School Counseling
Mr. Aaron Weddle
Hello! I'm Aaron Weddle, and I am a Professional School Counselor for Prairie Ridge Middle School. I am excited to be working with students, families, and staff at Prairie Ridge!
Here is my professional background. In 2006, I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Iowa State University and was licensed in education. After student teaching in Rome, Italy I spent two years working as a youth counselor and supervisor at Woodward Academy. From 2008 to 2014 I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies, religion, and wellness at Saint Patrick Catholic School in Perry, IA. While teaching at Saint Patrick I led mock trial, coached middle school basketball. I was also an 8th grade assistant football coach, and was an assistant boys and girls high school track coach.
During the 2014-2015 school year I received my Master's of Science in Education with a major in Professional School Counseling from Buena Vista University, and I was the school counselor at East Elementary for 3 years. As the school counselor at East I taught guidance class, led small groups, met with students for individual counseling, and led a 5th grade student ambassador group. I was also the PBIS coach and 504 coordinator for East. I was hired as a school counselor for Prairie Ridge Middle School starting in the 2017-2018 school year.
My educational and counseling philosophy is to create a welcoming atmosphere of safety and fun so students can be successful and excel in school and everyday life. I hope to do this through collaboration and open communication with the community, teachers, staff, and parents. My goal is to provide a support system for students in academics, career exploration, and social/emotional skills using research based curriculum with interactive and interesting strategies.
I spend my spare time watching movies, hunting, fishing, canoeing, and reading. I also enjoy playing sports and trying new foods.
My contact information is below, so please feel free to contact me with any questions.
School Counselor: Student Last Names P-Z
Prairie Ridge Middle School
1010 NW Prairie Ridge Drive
Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Phone: 515.965.9705 Fax: 515.965.9708
Office Hours: 7:55am - 3:55pm Mon-Fri