Principal's Greeting

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Welcome to Prairie Winds Middle School!

It a great honor to be a member of the Mankato Area Public Schools. Mankato is a community that is recognized for its academic excellence and community outreach. 


My fundamental belief as an educator is that all students can attain high intellectual performance if they are engaged in high operational practices.  This means that as educators, we must create rigorous and relevant learning experiences that not only enhance the strengths of all students but will also address and support their areas of need. It is my belief that every student that walks through the doors of Prairie Winds Middle School is deserving of the very best educational opportunities.


My wife Tara and I have three future Cougars (Grace, Hannah, and Jonah). When we are not cheering on the Cougars, we are usually watching the Gophers. We rarely miss a Gopher football or basketball game. Ski-U-Mah!


It is my honor and privilege to serve the amazing families of Prairie Winds Middle School.  I look forward to partnering with you in an effort to give all students a rigorous, relevant, and well-rounded education.


Steve Rustad

Principal, Prairie Winds Middle School

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