Principal Spotlight


My name is Patty Morris and I am honored to be the principal at South Prairie Elementary! The 2022-23 school year marks my 9th year in this position. I’ve been in education for more than 30 years, with 20 of those years in an administrative role.

I earned my teaching degree from Northwest Missouri State University with a major in both elementary and early childhood education, and my Masters of Administration through Iowa State University several years later.  I’ve had the opportunity to teach not only in Iowa, but also in Virginia. I’ve had the honor of working in both rural and urban school districts. I’ve taught everything from 1st through 8th grades, been a curriculum coordinator for a consortium of 8 schools, and have previous experience as a Junior High Principal, before serving as Elementary Principal in Corning and then here at DCG. During some of my years, I’ve had a dual role as not only a principal, but also a junior high teacher and Curriculum Coordinator all at the same time. These experiences have all helped me to learn and grow into the person I am today.

I couldn’t ask for a more supportive community. I work with the most amazing students, staff, and families that all work together to support each and every student. At South Prairie, we work hard to create a positive learning environment for our students as we see everyone in our building as family.