• Dear Pioneer Elementary Families,

    Hello, and welcome to the school year!

    Principal, Paul McKenzie My name is Paul McKenzie and I am humbled and honored to serve as principal at Pioneer Elementary.  This fall marks the start of my 17th year in education and my 2nd year at Pioneer.  Auburn is my hometown district, and I love being able to work with the students and families of my community.  Along with being an educator, I am also a husband and father.  My wife and I have been married for 16 years and she teaches in Auburn.  I am also a proud father of four children, all of whom attend school in Auburn.

    The staff and I look forward to working with you and your children this year as we strive to see all students reach their fullest potential.  As life-long learners, our team is committed to growing in our ability to engage, educate and empower students in their learning.  Together we will make Pioneer Elementary School a positive place of learning for all students!

    This is an exciting time to be part of the Pioneer Elementary community, as we anticipate the arrival of our brand new building!  See timeline below:

    • 2019-2020
      • This will be our final year in the original Pioneer Elementary building.
    • 2020-2021
      • During this year we will be located at “Pioneer Elementary on K Street” which is the old Olympic Middle School. This temporary location is just 4 blocks away from our current site.
      • During this year, Pioneer Elementary will be completely torn down and rebuilt.
    • 2021-2022
      • This will be our first year back at our current site (2301 M Street SE) and in a brand new Pioneer Elementary School building!

    Family involvement is an important part of education, and you play a special role.  I encourage you to read our school newsletters, join our PTA, reach out to a staff member about ways to get involved, and fill out a volunteer application.

    Building relationships with students and families is important to me, and I look forward to getting to know you.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, or the office staff, if you have a question or if we can be of help.


    Paul McKenzie - “Mr. Mac”
    Principal, Pioneer Elementary


    Pioneer Elementary - Mission Statement

    At Pioneer, we dedicate ourselves to students and their families,
    to inspire and empower children to achieve their greatest academic and social potential.