Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Jim Wichman
Welcome to Prairie Ridge Middle School! PRMS is an example of how the district is committed to a student-centered learning environment inside and outside the building. As you approach PRMS, you will see people working diligently to update the facilities so that our students have learning environments that support our innovative approach to teaching and learning.
I’m Jim Wichman, the principal here at Prairie Ridge. This will be my 23rd year in education and 18th year as a building principal. Prior to joining PRMS, I served as the 4-8th grade principal at Central Community School District (DeWitt, Iowa) and a K-6 principal at Pleasant Valley Community School District (Bettendorf, Iowa). My past also includes experience as a middle school teacher for Urbandale, principal/curriculum coordinator at Ventura, and reading teacher in Missouri. I have vast experiences implementing 1:1 learning environment with laptops for students, Iowa Core, special education services,and building/maintaining school culture that is positive for students, staff, and parents. A collaborative rapport with stakeholders is a vital part of who I am, and this philosophy will continue here at PRMS.
I bring to Ankeny Community Schools my Educational Specialist from Drake University, MA in Administration/Policy Studies from Iowa State University, and undergraduate work from the University of Northern Iowa. My athletic commitment will always be with the Iowa Hawkeyes. So, one could say that I have distributed my loyalty to all Iowa Universities. Joining me in Ankeny will be my wife Amy, two daughters and son.
I look forward to meeting all PRMS players as I enter my first of many years at Ankeny!
Prairie Ridge Middle School
1010 Prairie Ridge Drive
Ankeny, IA 50023