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1302 1st Ave West
Newton, IA 50208


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Educational Background

  • University of Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls, Iowa
    • Principalship Certification
    • Masters in Middle School Mathematics Teaching
    • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Teaching


Work History

  • 2019 - Present:  WEST Academy Principal 
  • 2018 - 2019:  Berg Middle School Instructional Coach - Newton Community School District
  • 2016 - 2018:  Secondary Mathematics Instructional Coach - Newton Community School District
  • 2009 - 2016:  Middle School Mathematics Teacher - Berg Middle School - Newton Community School District

I have had the privilege of dedicating my entire educational career to the students of Newton Community School District.  I was fortunate enough to spend three years in the role of Instructional Coach for the district and I am excited to bring those skills to the staff and students at WEST Academy.  I believe every student can be successful with the correct support systems around them.  And I believe WEST Academy has the potential to be that support system for every student who comes through our doors.

"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try."  -John F. Kennedy

Tara Zehr

Tara Zehr
Administration - Principal


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