I would like to take this opportunity to thank YOU, the community, for allowing me to serve as a board member for District 833.  Over the past four years that I have been on the Board, there have been some challenges and changes in our District.  I have had the privilege and opportunity to watch our schools continue to improve, and I believe that the vision and leadership provided by the Board has enable our District to improve and continue improving well into the future.

Without question, District 833 is one of the best school districts in Minnesota.  Keeping parents and the community informed about what’s happening in our District 388 schools is extremely important.  Two very important challenges that we must overcome moving forward are improving communication and continuing to build and strengthen the relationships between the stakeholders — parents, students, teachers and the community.  I strongly believe that when stakeholders feel empowered, welcomed, valued and respected, the dialogue between the stakeholders and the district leaders will improve — so that we can all collaborate in a more meaningful and purposeful manner.

The School Board, district administration, staff and teachers believe in the District’s mission, “Igniting a Passion for Lifelong Learning.”  We are committed and dedicated to the success of all children.  I urge parents and community members to continue to be involved in our schools so that we can continue to provide our children the highest quality education possible.  That means even if you do not currently have children attending one of our schools, we still invite you please consider staying involved with our schools.  It takes a village to raise a child, and we can use everyone’s knowledge, wisdom, and experience.

I’m asking you to vote for me on November 7th!!

  • The best possible education for our children.

  • Improved Communication.

  • Stronger Relationships.

  • Dedicated and committed to the success of all children.

“Sharon Van Leer is always on the side of a quality education for all students.  She supports the District when it is deserved and at the same time she has and will demand improvement and fairness when the District can do a better job.” – Tom Nelson, Former District 833 Superintendent

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
Daniel Cross • Executive Director


Sharon Van Leer has over 25 years experience working in higher education combined with more than three decades of experience raising children.  She knows what it takes to provide children with a high qualty education.


Sharon Van Leer has earned a BS in Business Administration.  A lifelong learner,  she is currently a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration.


When it comes to being compassionate, Sharon Van Leer has lived a life filled with compassion and she’s demonstrated her compassion by serving as a foster parent for 30 children.


Sharon Van Leer is involved in our community.  From serving as a School Board member to being active in her church and several community based organizations, she is a woman on a mission to serve.


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