Tracy Abbott

Dear Prairie Crossing Parents and Families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. I am beyond excited to be teaching your children during this important year. I have been busy planning an eventful year and making plans for a variety of learning environments. I want you to know that I am here for you and your child and I don't want you to feel like you are all alone. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know right away so we can work together to solve the problem.

As you probably know, I was new to Prairie Crossing during the 2017-2018 school year and you might be wondering about my experience and history. I moved to Colorado in the summer of 2016 and spent one year as a substitute teacher in Douglas County. Prior to moving, I lived and worked in Henderson, Nevada. I earned my B.A. in Elementary Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Grand Canyon University. I began my career as a fifth grade teacher and I am happy to be returning to that age group; however, I have taught all grades from 2nd-8th in a career that spans almost 30 years. I have a blended family of six children, three in college all over the United States, one who is a teacher and two who attend school in Douglas County. We enjoy camping and hiking together, and of course we stay busy with the comings and goings of teenagers!

Finally, I believe students grow and learn the most when teachers, students and parents work together, and this has never been more true than it is now. We can’t work cooperatively towards a solution, unless I know a problem exists. Often students share more of their feelings or concerns at home and knowing that information can only help me when working with your child. You can email me directly at [email protected] and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 

I look forward to an eventful school year and working with each and every one of you!


Tracy Abbott (Gill)
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