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TRIO/Upward Bound
Sattgast Hall, Third Floor

Phone: (218) 755-2092
Fax: (218) 755-4208

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #19
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907

Tracy Klefsas

Academic Coordinator

Upward Bound Academic Coordinator, Tracy Klefsas, is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a B.A. in Theater and a B.S. in English and Secondary Education; she is currently pursuing her MA in English.  Before working for Upward Bound as the Academic Coordinator, Tracy gained some experience in the classroom teaching ninth through twelfth grade English at Red Lake and Bemidji High Schools.  Tracy first came into contact with Upward Bound through the UB summer program instructing the theater class.  

Originally from San Diego California, Tracy has been studying, living and working in the Bemidji Area since 2005. She first came to Bemidji as an 8 year old attending a local summer camp. She continued attending and later working at the camp- it was through this experience that Tracy discovered her passion for teaching, working with kids, and her love of Minnesota.

There are several things Tracy is passionate about; horses, kids, theater, Jane Austen, and Upward Bound.  She believes the best thing about Upward Bound is that it gives kids who are willing to work hard every opportunity and the support they need to succeed. Upward Bound allows a teen room to make mistakes, help them learn from them, and be a constant support system though the challenges high school has to offer.