Picture of Mrs. ParkerPrincipal - Lynn Parker

It is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Priest River Elementary and to join your amazing community.   I look forward to beginning a wonderful school year together on September 7th

The 2021-2022 school year will mark my 28th year in education. I have ten years experience as the Principal of McKinley Elementary School and seventeen years experience as a classroom teacher in every grade level Kindergarten through Fifth.  The majority of my teaching experience has been in First Grade. 

Along with being an educator, I am first and foremost a wife, mother, and grandmother. My husband Troy and I have four amazing children; Mark (34) an Army Veteran with a bachelors in Graphic Design, Kaycie (32) is a 5th Grade Teacher, Troy Joseph (27) an Air Force Veteran studying cyber security, and Mikayla (25) just got her Master’s Degree in Accounting. I have five amazing grandchildren Kellen (12), Aubrey (6), Maycie (3), Troy Allen (18 months), Collins (4 months), and a new granddaughter due in October. Being a grandma is the best thing ever!

Although I loved being a classroom teacher, it is as an Elementary Principal I have felt I make the most difference. Being a principal provides me the chance to work collaboratively with teachers on a daily basis, while also remaining connected to young students learning and growing in the classroom. I firmly believe that every child can be successful and that the partnership between home and school is the key to students' confidence to use what they have learned to shape their future.

My conversations with district staff and families over the past few weeks have helped me to gain insight into the core beliefs and values of the West Bonner County School District. My goal is to continue the tradition of excellence here at Priest River Elementary School; I am committed to always exploring new ways to meet the needs of all students and to more effectively communicate with parents and community members. I look forward to meeting with parents, students, and as a staff throughout the year to identify specific goals in the areas of student achievement, school climate, and parent communication.

In closing, please know that my door is always open to you. I heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2021-2022 school year.


Lynn E. Parker

Priest River Elementary School





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