Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Master's Degree in Elementary Education Certified in Early Childhood Special Education Reading Endorsement
Ms. Joni Clay
3rd Grade Teacher
Welcome to my website. The purpose of these pages are to communicate to families about current and upcoming classroom and school events and to provide links for a successful school year.
My name is Joni Clay and I teach 3rd grade at Prairie Trail Elementary. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood from Iowa State University in 1986 and joined the Ankeny Community School District upon graduation. I taught in the Early Childhood Special Education Classroom for 11 years. During that time, I went on to get my Master's Degree in Elementary Education as well as my reading endorsement from Drake University. My next professional journey was teaching 3rd grade in Ankeny and I have been doing that since then in various buildings around the district. It has been a fantastic place to be a life long learner!
I believe each child should experience a safe and welcoming environment where they can learn and work in a community. I want them to see that they can experience endless possiblities with hardwork and dedication and see themselves as life long learners. I believe that I am a life long learner and enjoy sharing new ideas and discoveries with students. The teaching profession gives me the opportunity to promote growth both for students and myself. I believe that family and community involvment is critical in support of children reaching their potential. Together, we will work for continuous improvement for student success.
My hobbies include reading, exercising, watching college sports and photography. I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Please feel free to contact me anytime at school.
Prairie Trail Elementary
1850 SW College Ave.
Ankeny, Iowa 50023