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Superintendent Krestin Bahr has been the leader of the Peninsula School District since July 1, 2021. Bahr has over 37 years of experience as an educator. She began her career as a classroom teacher, became a principal and worked her way up to Director of Middle Schools and the Mt. Tahoma Regional Director for Tacoma Public Schools. Bahr earned her Master of Education degree at City University, her Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Lutheran University, and her Superintendent Certification from Washington State University. 

Prior to coming to the Peninsula School District, Bahr was Superintendent of the Eatonville School District for 8 years. Bahr has twice been nominated for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Superintendent of the Year. 

Since joining the Peninsula School District, Bahr has been awarded the Leader of Distinction for 2023 by the Washington Association of School Business Officials. She also serves on the Professional Educator Standards Board for the state of Washington and as a Governing Board member of AASA for the state of Washington. 

Bahr helped secure Arts Impact grants and Mastery Based Learning grants for our elementary schools, and Pioneer Elementary was chosen by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as a STEM Lighthouse School for 2021, and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, a Green Leader School for 2023. Swift Water Elementary, Voyager Elementary, and Evergreen Elementary were awarded Washington state Green Leader Schools by OSPI.

Bahr has been married for 39 years to her husband, Bryon. They have three grown children, and four grandchildren.

Monthly Messages

Click on a month below to view Superintendent Bahr's message to Peninsula School District staff and families:

  • June 2024 Students, Staff Show Growth and Resilience Heading into Summer
  • May 2024 - Celebrating Our Achievements and Looking Ahead Together
  • April 2024 - April Brings Exciting Awards and New Programs
  • March 2024 - Marching Into an Exciting Spring Season
  • February 2024 - Working Together to Inspire and Empower Our Students 
  • January 2024 - Welcome Back from Break, Let's Kick Off 2024!
  • December 2023 - Generosity in the Holiday Season and Spotlight on Student Leaders  
  • November 2023 - Giving Thanks and Nurturing Lifelong learning
  • October 2023 - Sportsmanship, School Success, and Wellness in Autumn
  • September 2023 - Embrace the Colors of Change: Welcome Back to a Remarkable New School Year!

Educational Service Center
14015 62nd Avenue NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
P: (253) 530-1000

Krestin Bahr


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2022-2023 Annual Report

2021-2022 Entry Plan

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100 Day Report

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