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Last updated: 08/27/2016
Melanie Cloonan's Profile
Melanie Cloonan's Blog
2nd Grade Teacher
I have been teaching at New Prairie for 23 years. I started teaching at Rolling in 1997 in first grade and taught Title1 for 6 years. This will be my fourth year teaching second grade. After growing up in Western New York, I moved here after getting my Masters in Reading in Illinois. I live with my husband and my 2 boys who are in 9th and 6th grade. I love Indiana and especially love teaching at the best school in the whole wide world!!!
Last updated: 08/10/2017
Kristina DeMeyer's Profile
Kristina DeMeyer's Blog
Comm. Based Teacher
Hello and welcome to Mrs. DeMeyer's Fourth Grade! A little about Mrs. DeMeyer: I received my teaching degree from Purdue University North Central in 2011. I completed my student teaching here, at Rolling Prairie, with Mrs. Surma in kindergarten. After receiving my degree, I was hired at South Central Elementary and taught third grade for one year. The next year I was hired as a first grade teacher at Rolling Prairie and moved up to second grade the following year. I am so excited to be here this year-this time in 4th grade! I attended Rolling Prairie, as a child, and graduated from New Prairie High School in 2007. I live in the community on a farm with my husband and my daughters. We raise cattle, have horses, miniature donkeys, chickens, cats and dogs. I am so happy to be working at Rolling Prairie and truly value your partnership in your child's education!
Last updated: 04/08/2015
Vince Dominello's Profile
Vince Dominello's Blog
Art Teacher
Last updated: 11/22/2017
Megan Horvath's Profile
2nd Grade Teacher
Hello and welcome to Miss Horvath's 2nd Grade Class! This year will be my sixth year in New Prairie schools and my fourth year at Rolling Prairie. I started at Rolling Prairie in January 2014 filling a leave position in third grade. I am very excited to be teaching at the same elementary school that I attended. I look forward to a fantastic year of learning with your child!
Abigail Howard
Speech Teacher
Last updated: 10/07/2015
Sarah Huff's Profile
Sarah Huff's Blog
ESL Teacher
I LOVE teaching at Rolling Prairie Elementary...Go Bulldogs! I began my teaching career in 1998 at Westville Elementary in a self-contained, sixth grade, portable classroom. I was so excited to start my teaching career... I had always known, even as a young girl, that I would become a teacher! I loved teaching at Westville and I still keep in touch with many of my former colleagues and students. After four years, I took a position at Rolling Prairie Elementary as a 5th grade Language Arts teacher. I was sad to leave my Westville family but was thrilled to be working in the community in which I was living and where I planned to raise my own children. As soon as I started at RPES I knew I was home and I have been privileged to work with amazing coworkers and students at RPES ever since. Together, my teaching team and I are committed to doing all that we can to help our students succeed.
Last updated: 11/22/2017
Kelly Jarka's Profile
Kelly Jarka's Blog
Title I Teacher
Welcome to my 5th grade web page! Hopefully the information posted here will provide assistance and clarification that will make our 180 day journey together a great one. Our job in 5th grade is to ready our students academically as well as emotionally for middle school and we plan to have a fabulous and fun time doing that!
5th Grade Teacher
Welcome to my web page! In 5th grade we use Schoology to post daily assignments and important information so be sure to use that as well. Our job in 5th grade is to ready our students academically as well as emotionally for middle school. I am looking forward to a exciting time as we enjoy our year together.
Last updated: 09/05/2016
Michele Kenaga's Profile
Michele Kenaga's Blog
4th Grade Teacher
Welcome to the jungle - I hope you are as wild about learning as I am! This promises to be a year of excitement, adventure, and growth! I am thrilled to be spending my third year at Rolling Prairie in the fourth grade. My prior experiences in third and fifth grade will help me have a great understanding of what you learned last year and what you will need to know to be successful next year. I like to have fun, but I do expect that you will each work hard, follow the rules, and give your personal best every day. As we embark on this fourth grade adventure, keep your head up, your eyes open, and your mind sharp! Together we will conquer this jungle!
Last updated: 02/09/2017
Julie Kirkham's Profile
1st Grade Teacher
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julie Kirkham. I grew up a Bulldog, graduated as a Cougar and have been a bulldog again for 14 years. I love teaching first grade in the same community that raised me.
Last updated: 08/09/2016
Kristen Kleist's Profile
3rd Grade Teacher
Welcome to Mrs. Kleist's Third Grade! After spending 4 years as a 2nd grade teacher I am so very excited to be teaching 3rd this year! I look forward to an awesome year with your child.
Britney Kreighbaum
1st Grade Teacher
Andrew Maez
5th Grade Teacher
Last updated: 03/06/2017
Kara Mamazza's Profile
Spec. Ed. Teacher
Go Bulldogs! I am the fourth and fifth grade special education teacher for Rolling Prairie Elementary. I am currently in my fourteenth year overall as a special educator, and my tenth year at Rolling Prairie. I feel honored everyday to work with these amazing students and equally amazing co-teachers. I am looking forward to another wonderful year!
Nicole McClure
Last updated: 11/02/2016
Nicole McClure's Profile
4th Grade Teacher
Last updated: 08/18/2017
Cassie Pavey's Profile
Kdg. Teacher
Hi! My name is Cassie Pavey! This will be my 11th year teaching at Rolling Prairie. I have taught Kindergarten for 10 years and Third grade for 1 year. I absolutely love Kindergarten! I love working with the kids and watching them grow throughout the year. I was born and raised in LaPorte, Indiana. I am happily married and have three beautiful children. When I have spare time I enjoy spending time with my family.
Catherine Peterson
Last updated: 08/28/2017
Mrs. Piesyk's Profile
5th Grade Teacher
Hello and welcome to our Rolling Prairie 5th grade webpage! ! I am looking forward to working along side all of you, as we watch and support the growth of your child during the exciting up coming year. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. I am entering my 10th year of teaching, and loving every minute of it! I did my undergraduate course work at Indiana University at South Bend and a received my master’s degree from Ball State University, focusing in the area of reading. Since starting my career as a teacher, I’ve enjoyed 6 years teaching in 4th grade, 1 year in kindergarten, and 2 years of 1st grade all at New Prairie. New Prairie has been home and where I’ve spent my entire career! I am a life long resident of this area, and a New Prairie graduate. I believe very strongly in this community, as well as this corporation. I am eager to serve Rolling Prairie and our amazing NPUSC family as a part of your child’s education this 17-18 school year!
Last updated: 01/15/2014
Gabriela Post's Profile
Title I Teacher
Welcome to my webpage! My name is Gabriela Post, and I am one of the Title I teachers. This is my fifth year at Rolling Prairie, where I am blessed to work with amazing individuals and have the privilege to teach your children. As Title I teacher I get to see the students grow from KG through fifth grade, which is pretty amazing!
Last updated: 08/08/2016
Daniel Reffo's Profile
Daniel Reffo's Blog
P.E. Teacher
Hello, my name is Daniel Reffo and this is my 1st year teaching in the New Prairie School District. Previous to this I taught physical education for 4 years in South Bend, and 7 years in Florida. I moved here from Florida in 2011 to be closer to family. I currently live with my wife, 3 children, and dog in South Bend.
Last updated: 08/07/2014
Monika Scutchfield's Profile
Spec. Ed. Teacher
Hi! I am in my 4th year teaching as a Special Educator and am so happy to be here at Rolling Prairie Elementary!
Last updated: 09/14/2016
Sara Serry's Profile
1st Grade Teacher
Hello everyone! I am excited to be in my 7th year of teaching here at Rolling Prairie Elementary. We truly have the best students, staff, and families in the whole wide world!
Cheryl Severa
Spec. Ed. Teacher
Last updated: 08/09/2016
Lisa Smiertelny's Profile
3rd Grade Teacher
Hello! I am a third grade teacher at RPES. I love teaching your children and enjoy watching them learn. Each day brings us new and exciting adventures and challenges. Let's continue to have a great year!
Last updated: 08/18/2017
Dedrae Smiley's Profile
Kdg. Teacher
Kindergarten teacher at Rolling Prairie Elementary School in my 32nd year! I love my students and I love our school!
Last updated: 09/29/2014
Jarret Spence's Profile
2nd Grade Teacher
I have been teaching since 1999. All but two of these years have been in second grade. I love what I do and can't imagine doing anything else!
Last updated: 08/12/2017
Krissy Surma's Profile
Kdg. Teacher
I love Kindergarten! This is my 16th year teaching kindergarten and I have loved every minute of it! I enjoy teaching the kindergarten cutie pies and watching them learn and grow throughout the school year. My husband and I live in Rolling Prairie and we have three daughters, a son-in-law and a very precious granddaughter.
Last updated: 08/29/2016
Laura Urban's Profile
Laura Urban's Blog
3rd Grade Teacher
Hello! I am so excited to be teaching 3rd grade at Rolling Prairie Elementary School this year. Prior to working for NPUSC, I taught for 7 years in China, Kuwait, and in private schools in South Bend, Indiana. I graduated from Saint Mary's College with degrees in Elementary Education and History in 2009, and received my English as a New Language certification in 2015 from Holy Cross College. In my free time I enjoy hiking, reading, and watching football- Go Irish!
1st Grade Teacher
I love teaching first grade at Rolling Prairie Elementary School. This is my 15th year at RPES and my 21st year teaching overall (I think that makes me officially old now:-)). I am also our school's literacy coach so I get to work with other grade levels too. I am so glad to be a part of the best school in the whole wide world! I am so blessed to love my job.
Jennifer Younggreen
4th Grade Teacher

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      Rolling Prairie Elementary School
      605 E Michigan St.
      Rolling Prairie, IN 46371

      Becky Bartlett, Principal

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      Start Time: 8:30
      End Time: 3:10

      Two Hour Delay Schedule
      No Breakfast Served
      Start Time: 10:30
      End Time: 3.10
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