Kirsten Girard
  • Shana Wagers - Principal

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I am extremely excited to be joining the Brookings School District as the new principal at Dakota Prairie Elementary. This will be my 17th year in public education. I have spent the last six years with the Harrisburg School District where I taught in our personalized learning pathway and for the last two years was a district-wide instructional coach. However, my roots are right here in Brookings. I attended Hillcrest Elementary, Brookings Middle School and graduated from BHS in 1999. I am so grateful that I get to bring my skills and experiences to Dakota Prairie. I look forward to working with all of the the learners, teachers, and parents throughout the year to provide a high quality education for all of our learners.

    Outside of school, I am busy raising four children, Keira, Cooper, Rylee and Reagan with my husband Jesse. 

    My goal for your child is that he or she grows academically, socially, and emotionally. I want every child in our building to love coming to Dakota Prairie as much as we love that they are here. As principal, my door is always open and I value and seek your input to make this school year the best one yet!

    Please feel free to contact me by phone at 696-4900, by email at or by visiting with me at the Daktoa Prairie office.

    Let's make this year great together!