Lois Peterson has been teaching since 1990, starting her career in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area, where she taught for many years prior to moving to California in 2005. Her last position in Maryland was as the international baccalaureate curriculum coordinator in her middle school, where she took an interest in the beginning STEM field and interdisciplinary curricula. She taught for 4 years at Notre Dame Academy in Carmel Valley and started a Steam/STEM program there in conjunction with the science teacher and art teacher. Lois then took for her knowledge and expertise in Steam/STEM and started a new steam elective in the Lakeside Union School District this year, where she is working hard to bring STEM electives and curricula to an underserved population.
During the summer she teaches a few courses at UCSD in the summer Sally Ride Science program. She has taught messy science through SRS in the past, and this summer will be teaching a course in fossils and Junior paleontology. Mrs. Peterson has a B.A. in Communication studies, a second B.A. & teaching certification in English and social studies, as well as a Masters in Education, Curriculum and Development. Although she taught English & social studies for many years, she became especially interested in STEM curricula while being the volunteer science teacher at her children’s elementary school, during a time when some of the state budget cuts meant they didn’t really have a hands-on science program going. After that she became even more immersed in bringing science and STEM activities across the curriculum; Lois continues continues to teach a class in English and social studies this year as well as three sections of a STEM elective. she is very dedicated to teaching an interdisciplinary curriculum and bringing STEM activities across the curriculum.
Outside of teaching, Mrs. Peterson has a son, Alden, who is 16 and loves science! And a daughter, Erin, who is 18 and a freshman at Cal poly San Luis Obispo in the honors program studying child & occupational psychology with the goal of becoming an occupational therapist in the future. Her husband also works in education and they enjoy weekends relaxing at home with their kids and dog, bear, and exploring local parks and beaches and all of the fun outdoor activities San Diego has to offer!