Mrs. Sami Whittie

Phone: 515-965-9705


Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Journalism and Mass Communication BA in Psychology MA in Teaching (Strat I and Strat II BD/LD)

Mrs. Sami Whittie

Hi there! I’m Sami Whittie, and I am in my 2nd year as a member of Prairie Ridge's Special Education team. I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, but my heart has been in the Des Moines area for a decade - since I began attending Drake. Prior to teaching in Ankeny, I taught in a self-contained classroom in another district. I have also worked as a special education associate in the area, while simultaneously assisting parents with their children's behaviors for a local mental health agency. Before working with behavior and mental health, I spent some time working in the radio industry. When I am not at school, I enjoy watching baseball (Go Cubs!), cuddling with my cats, spending time with my husband, and hanging out with my nieces and nephew. Please feel free to reach out any time - via phone (515-965-9705) or email ( - with any questions/comments/concerns! I am thrilled to be able to support your children this year!