The EIAA Governing Board

EIAA's Governing Body is composed of dedicated community members with professional experience and expertise in organizational and financial management, administration, education, fund-raising, law, marketing, personnel managment, public relations, owning a business and parenting.   


The Governing Body  attempts to replace members so as not have a majority turnover in a  year.  The Board Development committee continuously accepts nominations and applications.  


Dennis Zimmerman - President              Rama Paris

Monique Sorenson                                     Sharon Owen

Hiliary Wilson                                            Laila Miguel

Nate Mildren



The word “govern” derives from a Greek word meaning “to steer a ship."


"Governance is not about budget lines, personnel issues and field trip approvals. It is about values and vision and strategic leadership. The re-invention of the school board calls for a new paradigm, a fresh reconstruction of what the work of the board is to be.”


The ability of the charter school to carry out its mission and vision depend on the strength of its organizational foundation.  A critical element of this foundation is the charter school board itself. The board carries the mission of the school into the community and brings the views of the community into the school.


 (from Intro to Creating an Effective Charter School Governing Board )

Vision and Mission



…As outlined in the Charter for EIAA…

Vision Statement:

The Elko Institute for Academic Achievement is a highly visible school known for its challenging academics and innovative curriculum. We actively strive to be a leader in matching curriculum to student ability. We promote and encourage students to think critically, produce creatively, develop special talents and embrace challenges.



…As outlined in the Charter for EIAA…

The mission of the Elko Institute for Academic Achievement is to provide all children with an enriched academic environment that challenges all students to think critically, produce creative products, develop special talents and encourages students to be active problem solvers, and to persevere and accept educational challenges.

Mission Statement:

In order to achieve our vision, EIAA commits to the following:

Provide a challenging and engaging curriculum. We believe our first responsibility is to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

In carrying out our day-to-day activities we endeavor to:

  1. Support the development of creative, complex, abstract, critical and higher order 21st century thinking skills through the implementation of STEAM, Common Core requirements, and the Next Generation Science Standards.

  2. Provide students with the opportunity to develop problem solving/critical thinking skills through the implementation of a dynamic curriculum that provides daily opportunities to interact with hands-on materials and the incorporation of real world tasks.

  3. Provide instructional strategies that maximize student achievement and provide options that adapt, modify, extend or differentiate how students will be taught.

Through a long-term commitment to this mission, we will be known as a school that produces life-long learners that are literate, contributing and productive members to society. Through effective and dynamic partnerships with our students, parents, and our community, EIAA will offer curriculum and instruction that promotes a higher level of achievement through the implementation of rigorous curriculum. 



1031 Railroad St Suite 107

Elko, NV 89801

Tel: 775-738-3422
Fax: 775-738-3488

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