The official biography below was current at the time of the award.
Amy Peterson has been an educator for the past 17 years and has spent the last 16 years teaching eighth grade science at College Place Middle School. Her first year was at Mountlake Terrace High School teaching biology and chemistry to grades 9–12.
Amy develops, designs, and implements professional development around equitable science teaching strategies at the building, district, regional, and national levels. She has been involved in studying ways to evaluate the way she and others effectively teach their subjects. Through thorough observation, assessment, and modification of curriculum, she's gained the ability to adjust the content of her lessons to best accommodate students on a class-by-class basis.
Amy anchors her units with bewildering phenomena—observed in the natural world—in order to give her students the opportunity to learn about condtions that might at first appear singular, but are wholly relevant to life on earth.
Amy earned a B.S. in zoology and M.A.T. from the University of Washington. She is National Board Certified in early adolescent science and certified in secondary science education.