Faculty Farewells: Optometry professor’s time at Pacific shaped by her own student experience

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Optometry professor Lee Ann Remington came to Pacific more than 30 years ago as a student. After graduating from Pacific’s School of Optometry in 1984 and practicing in a local clinic for a few years, Remington returned to her alma mater to teach.

Remington uses her experiences from her time as a Pacific student and clinical practitioner to teach ocular anatomy and physiology to first year optometry students.

“I really enjoy the students,” said Remington. “That’s why I teach.”

During her time at Pacific, she wrote a textbook that is now distributed nation-wide, served on the Board of Trustees for three years and helped develop the ever-changing curriculum.

Remington said she enjoyed being a board member and was “impressed with the caliber of the people. They really try to make the best decisions for the university.”

According to Remington, the optometry school’s curriculum is always changing to ensure students receive the most up to date information.

Remington said there have been a lot of changes since she attended Pacific but she hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to be a student.

“I remember how difficult it is,” Remington said. “I try to give them ideas about how to manage time and tell them what they really need to pay attention to.”

Her decision to teach at Pacific was motivated in part by her experience as a student. Remington said the supportive faculty and great staff always made her feel like they wanted students to reach their potential, which is still the case.

Remington currently teaches with two of her former classmates and values the lasting relationships she has formed with colleagues and co-workers.

After retiring this spring, Remington will continue to teach part time at Pacific. Retiring will give her more time to garden. She also plans to spend more time with her family and grandchildren, who live locally and in California and Montana.


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