Ms. Emily James



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Ms. Emily James

Hello there!

My name is Emily James and I am one of three School Counselors at Prairie Ridge Middle School. The 2019-2020 school year will begin my 7th year in education, and I am thrilled to once again be part of a team that puts students’ learning and needs first. It is my goal to not only help your student(s) feel welcome and a part of our PRMS family, but also to help them succeed academically, socially, and emotionally as well.

For me, Iowa is home. After graduating from Waukee High School, I continued my academic and athletic career at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I graduated with a Bachelors in Secondary Education with endorsements in coaching and All Social Sciences (7-12). Upon graduation, I immediately went back to school at Drake and earned two Master's degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling (K-12).

Before coming to Ankeny I served as a high school social studies teacher in Earlham, Iowa and a School-Based Therapist at Harding Middle School and North High School in Des Moines, Iowa.

When I am not at school, I love spending time with my family and friends, coaching, and being outdoors as much as possible. My hobbies include playing volleyball, walking/playing with my dog (Cooper), and cheering on the Cyclones and Chicago Cubs.

Please allow me to assist you with any questions or concerns you have regarding your student’s education and overall experience at PRMS. I have an open door policy at all times and would love to hear from you! Please schedule an appointment if you would like to visit in person.



Emily James

School Counselor (Last Names A-G)
Prairie Ridge Middle School
1010 NW Prairie Ridge Drive
Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9705 Fax: (515) 965-9708
Office Hours: 7:55 a.m. - 3:55 p.m. Monday - Friday