Hello :)

My name is Tara Lere, the director at East Range Academy.  I am excited to be working with dedicated staff, hardworking parents, and ambitious students.  I am looking forward to working in the brand new school building and increasing student achievement. 

I have been in the educational field for 25 years.  I started as a health educator at Bemidji High School but moved back to the Iron Range when I started a family.  I started at ERATS in 2008 as a health teacher.  I went back to college and added physical education to my license in 2015.  I earned my master's degree from Capella University in Curriculum and Instruction and received a graduate certificate in Education Innovation and Technology in 2017.  I earned my Superintendent's license in 2021 and my Principal's license in 2023.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, waterfall hunting, nature photography, road trips, and gardening.  I have two adult children and I am looking forward to becoming a Grandma in 2024.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns I encourage you to call the school number 218-744-7965 or email me at tlere@mnerats.org

Here's to a new and exciting school year!