LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus thanks retiring Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith, left, while welcoming new Chamisa Principal Suzanne Lynne. Courtesy/LAPS
Los Alamos Public Schools welcomes Suzanne Lynne as Chamisa Elementary School’s new principal.
Lynne earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1987 and her Master’s Degree in 1988 from the University of Florida. She specializes in teaching reading. She taught first and fourth grade in Florida for five years. In 1994, she and her husband Steve relocated to New Mexico.
“My husband and I decided we wanted an adventure, so we looked at a map and thought New Mexico might be a place we would like to live,” she said. “We visited and decided to give it a whirl … 22 years later, we are still here.”
During their first three years in New Mexico, Lynne and her husband had their second child.
“I stayed home for a while and then did two long-term substitute positions in Santa Fe, where we were living at the time. One position was in kindergarten and the other was in fifth grade,” she said.
In 1997, Lynne and her family moved to Los Alamos. She taught at LAPS for four years, including two years at Chamisa. She then became the Reading Coach for all of the elementary schools, helping students for 12 years.
Lynne finished the course work for her Administrator’s License from the University of New Mexico in 2014 and received her license in 2015. As her internship, she accepted a position as principal of La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences, a K-8 state charter school on the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Lynne said she feels this experience was extremely valuable and looks forward to bringing that rich experience to Chamisa.
“Being back at Chamisa as the principal is literally a dream come true,” Lynne said. “The staff at Chamisa is an amazing group of dedicated professionals who also know how to have fun with one another. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working alongside them to keep Chamisa going strong. I am looking forward to getting to know the Chamisa families and I hope parents will stop by in August to introduce themselves.”