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Mrs. Peterson has taught at Hillside Elementary since 1998, teaching fourth grade for a year, before moving to the third grade team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ladycliff College, Highland Falls, New York and is certified to teach Preschool - Grade 8. She completed her practicum for endorsement in the teaching of the Gifted through the University of Virginia and was a participant in the Content Teaching Academy 2007 at James Madison University. Mrs. Peterson became the SEARCH teacher at Hillside in 2006 and at Algonkian in 2010. She says she loves the opportunity to challenge our students to use their BRAINPOWER!Mrs. Peterson has a special interest in history. She has participated in two Mount Vernon Summer seminars, "Slavery at Mount Vernon" and "George Washington, Gentleman Scholar" and was selected as a Stratford-Monticello Scholar in 2003, studying the leaders of the American Revolution. She has attended several seminars at the Library of Congress to discover ways to incorporate their resources in learning experiences. She spent a week during the summer of 2013 exploring Virginia history through the Virginia History Museum and the University of Richmond. It was exciting to actually get to touch items from their amazing collection of artifacts.
Mrs. Peterson believes children should explore and investigate as they learn. A math based STEAM class at George Mason University has inspired her to create more interdisciplinary lessons connecting science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Recognizing Mrs. Peterson's extensive experience with the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A, the Loudoun Commission on Women selected her as one of the 2004 Outstanding Women of Loudoun in the field of education.
Her days at Algonkian are always happy ones - shared with a positive staff and curious, engaged students.