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700 N 4th Ave E
Newton, IA 50208


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Get to Know Emerson Hough's Principal, Tara Zehr...

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 WEST Academy Principal and I am excited to bring those skills to the staff and students at Emerson Hough.  I believe every student can be successful with the correct support systems around them.  And I believe Emerson Hough 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

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 

  • 2022 - Present:  Emerson Hough Principal
  • 2019 - 2022:  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
Tara Zehr

Tara Zehr
- Principal


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