Mrs. Peterson graduated from California Lutheran University in 1988 with a Liberal Arts Degree and a Teaching Credential. She then moved to Rancho Bernardo and worked in the Poway Unified School District while going to graduate school. In 1990 she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. In 1991 she began working in Long Beach Unified School District, the district she grew up in. Eventually she moved to the Conejo Valley.
She was hired at Madroña in 1997 where she taught fifth grade. The next year, Mrs. Peterson changed to Kindergarten. She has taught kindergarten, the K/1 combination class and first grade since 1998.
Mrs. Peterson has been married to her husband, Craig, since 1988. They have 3 children. Their daughter, Taylor (1993), attended Kansas State University and received her cosmetology license in April 2013. Taylor and her husband, Seth, live in Nashville with their daughter, Sawyer, who was born in March 2021 and their son, Beau, who was born on August 2, 2022. Tanner (1995) works for a production company doing concert and stage lighting. Trevor (2001) is a senior at Belmont University.