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Reba Gilman

Reba Gilman is the founder and first principal/CEO of Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) in Seattle, WA. She successfully built the program from the ground up, recruiting students and families and developing local, state-wide, and national partnerships to ensure stakeholder support for the school's mission of "preparing students for college, career, and citizenship in the context of aviation and aerospace." In 2014, after a decade of leading the high school and overseeing its move to a permanent location on the campus of the Museum of Flight, Reba transitioned to the Museum to serve as its new Executive Director of Lighthouse Education Initiatives. In this role, Reba serves as a liaison between RAHS and the Museum to share and build upon the best practices of both institutions in inspiring and preparing students from around the world for education and career pathways in the global STEM workforce.

Prior to her creation of RAHS, Reba served for sixteen years as the Principal/Director of Puget Sound Skills Center, a regional technical school that serves students from five school districts. During her tenure, she was recognized as Administrator of the Year by the Washington Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Reba has also served as an Assistant Principal/Career & Technical Education Director in the Tahoma School District, as a Coordinator of Career Education, and as Marketing and Business teacher in the Richland School District. She also has work experience in private industry, including owning and operating an interior design business, and working in both the aerospace industry and human resources. She earned her teaching and administrative credentials from Eastern and Central Washington Universities respectively.

In 2008, Reba was inducted into the Pathfinder Hall of Fame of The Museum of Flight, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to aviation and aerospace and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. She is the only K-12 educator to receive this award in the thirty-three years that it has been presented. Most recently, Reba was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Highline Schools Foundation in recognition of her commitment to ensuring that all students are prepared for college, career, and citizenship.