Our Board Of Trustees
Michelle Alarie is the current President of EKA’s Board of Trustees, a position she has served in for the past two years. Michelle is a local attorney at the national law firm Armstrong Teasdale LLP. In her work, Michelle assists clients of all sizes with their litigation needs. Michelle joined the EKA Board in 2018 in an effort to better understand public education and funding in Nevada and to support public charter school initiatives. Michelle’s three nieces attend charter schools in Nevada. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, travel, and relaxing pool days.
I left Los Angeles 18 years ago for Las Vegas, because I knew I wanted to return to the classroom. Within a few months, I found the Explore Knowledge Academy charter school. Teaching there for 17 years was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Prior work included many things, including serving as a professional baseball scout. All of my work experiences led me to EKA. I have been married for 45 years to my wife, Peggy. We have no children. We enjoy travel, family, church, and the live entertainment of Las Vegas.
Mr. Rezai is the parent of two students at Explore Knowledge Academy and is committed to ensuring all students receive the highest education necessary to pursue their future dreams while enjoying companionship of their life long friends. He moved from Chicago in 2016 due to family health emergency. He was the soccer coach and has travelled around the world extensively. He received his Physics and Math degrees at Illinois State University. Later with graduate studies in Nuclear Engineering from University of Illinois, he worked in Nuclear research field in France in the 80’s. When he returned from Europe in 1987, he started a successful import and export business. As of year 2000, he moved to insurance and financial industry. He has managed multiple insurance broker companies in Chicago for over 20 years. He currently is the director of Rezai Insurance Agency, a subsidiary of Rezai Enterprises Inc. with insurance broker offices in Chicago and Las Vegas.
Pam Tarkanian Secretary
Pam is the Secretary of the Explore Knowledge Academy Board of Trustees. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada – Reno. Her Masters of Education was obtained from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. She first began teaching in Carson City School District and then became a teacher in Clark County School District. She later served as an Administrator and Director of Student Services. Her expertise includes assignments at the elementary, middle and high school levels while always advocating for students with exceptionalities.
My name is Matthew Fitzgerald and I graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies. I then went on to get my Masters of Business Administration from Western Governors University, and I am currently working on a second Masters in Data Analytics from WGU. I have three daughters, my oldest has just started kindergarten at EKA and she absolutely loves it so far. My wife and I have been married for 7 years. Education is very important to my wife and me, so I wanted to become more involved with the school.