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Teacher Feature: Adam Peterson
B.S. in Secondary Science Education (2006)
Current School Site:
Jenks High School (Jenks Public Schools)
Earth and Space Science (10-12th grade)
Number of Years Teaching:
Why did you decide to become a science educator?
I love the outdoors, and I love working with high school students. This career path allowed me to combine my two passions.
How did your time at Oklahoma State prepare you for your current teaching position?
My time as a student at OSU prepared me for life and my career in so many ways. I gained a firm foundation in my content area and acquired great tools to use in the classroom.
What is one of your favorite memories from a class you took at OSU?
I remember an engineering design challenge we did in a science teaching methods class. The professor gave each group supplies and we had to build trebuchets. The most effective trebuchet won. I’ve done similar lessons countless times as a teacher. My students love tinkering, they just don’t realize they’re learning at the same time.
What makes your professional life rewarding?
I love the “aha” moments, the words of thanks and the visits from students who are now in college or pursuing their own careers.
You were recognized as the Jenks High School Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. What was your reaction to receiving that honor?
I was in shock upon learning about the award. I work with a great crew of phenomenal educators. In my opinion, any one of them is worthy of being named Teacher of the Year.
What is the most important thing you’d like to share with education policy makers on behalf of your students and your school?
Class size plays a significant role in the learning process. My most effective teaching has been when I’ve been lucky enough to have a class of 23 students. We got to know each other better as people, and I had a better knowledge of how much they understood what we were learning. That is so much harder with 32 or more students.