Lynn Zaldua, Principal

August 1, 2017

Dear Pinecrest Elementary School Families,
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we open the 2017-2018 school year, “going for the gold to reach our highest potential!” Our mission remains to maximize the learning of every student, ensuring we motivate them to develop the grit needed to strive for their own personal best. 
Pinecrest Elementary has been an “A” school since the inception of the State of Florida’s school grading system—we have maintained a grade of “A” for nineteen consecutive years.  This distinction is not something we take for granted.  Our staff is committed to high expectations for all students, providing an academically challenging program while offering a loving, nurturing environment that develops students’ social and emotional needs as well.  Our school promotes the Values Matter program through monthly Parrot Club recognitions, where students are encouraged to demonstrate the values taught throughout the school year. 
In addition, because of our strong community partnerships and parental involvement, our school continues to be recognized with the esteemed Five Star School Award.  We have also received the Golden Apple School Award as well as numerous awards through the Fairchild Challenge and Dream in Green.  Last year, our school placed first in the District’s Geography Bee, second in the District’s History Bee, and placed among the top 25 students in the District’s Spelling Bee which includes students through eighth grade.  Also, our school has been designated as a “No Place for Hate” school by the Anti-Defamation League for five consecutive years.  Most recently, our school applied for the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) designation and we will make it an Olympic year as we “go for the gold” with S.T.E.A.M.!   

It is this combination of exceptional staff, phenomenal students, and supportive parents and community that makes Pinecrest Elementary School the elite neighborhood school that it is.  Thank you for entrusting your children to us.  We look forward to working together with you to ensure the best elementary educational experience available.


Lynn Zaldua

"The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one."

-Malcolm Forbes

Lynn Zaldua

Maria Mayo, Assistant Principal

"Education Is Not the Learning of Facts, But the Training of the Mind To Think."

-Albert Einstein

Yamberli Cruz, Assistant Principal

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

-William Butler Yeats