Lynette Reime Profile
A Life-Long Learner Leads Pacific Beach Elementary
Lynette Reime loves to tell newcomers and visitors about her school, saying, “Pacific Beach is the best kept secret on the coast. It’s warm, wonderful and family oriented.” She knows of what she speaks.Ms. Reime has served as Pacific Beach Elementary School’s principal for the past dozen years, and taught at the school for five years prior to that.
She came to the peninsula by way of Alaska, where, she says, she held every job you could find in a school except custodian. In addition to holding a para-educator position and later teaching 2nd through 6thgrades in Ketchikan, she served on the Ketchikan School Board and the State Board of Education.
She raised her children in Alaska as well, but she herself grew up in South Dakota. A farm girl, she had an increasingly rare educational experience as a child, attending a one-room school house. She loved learning, especially science, and continued on to earn a Masters in Education at South Dakota State after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska.
She has always been involved in civic activities, beginning with her own high school years. She campaigned with the March of Dimes and participated in 4H, both of which helped her gain confidence and learn life skills.
Asked what advice she’d like to give parents, it’s simple: be good listener to their children, every day. That can be a challenge, she understands. “But I encourage you to be present for them,” she emphasizes.
Ms. Reime feels the enthusiasm and positive changes happening at the district level is re-energizing those at the school level, as well. “I’m thrilled the emphasis is on students and their achievement,” she says.
She welcomes parents and community volunteers to take the time to come get to know PBES and its staff and students better. “Helping our children reach their full potential requires teamwork. We love to have all hands on deck!”