Jan Peterson

  • Second Grade Teacher | Lower Lake Elementary School | Konocti Unified School District

    Mrs. Jan Peterson is an exemplary teacher that has demonstrated her skills for the last 49 years. She has taught in Lake County for 47 of the 49 years. Two years she taught overseas. She has been a lead teacher and mentored to countless new teachers that have excelled in the educational profession. Mrs. Peterson’s passion and dedication is apparent in her work with children. She is kind and compassionate towards her students and has impacted many lives.

    Her personal dedication as a lifelong learner shows in her work and classroom. She started teaching in 1971 without technology and is currently a teacher in the distant learning environment. She has taught an after school robotics enrichment program for the last four years. She is the first to pilot new curriculum or implement new ideas to support the needs of her students. Her 49 years of work and dedication is exemplary.

    Mrs. Peterson has positively impacted many lives in her 49 years as a teacher. She has made such a positive impact on students that past students have become parents and request Mrs. Peterson for their child’s teacher. Students come out of her classroom with a great education, a love for school, and confidence. Each student feels like a part of the classroom family, in which she refers to her class as a family. She has positively impacted students and new teachers.

    Mrs. Peterson is a lifelong learner that spreads her love of learning to students, families, and coworkers. She has mentored a number of new teachers over the years. She has been a lead teacher, a math coach, reading coach, grant writer, Promethean Board trainer, and many other leadership roles. Ms. Peterson is not only our historian, but she is our innovator as well. She is well respected by her peers, all staff, students, families, and community members. Mrs. Peterson is an iconic teacher that continues to share her passion for education daily.

    - Tarin Benson, Lower Lake Elementary School Principal

    Return to the 2019-2020 Educator of the Year page.