Jeff Peterson began teaching middle school science at Center Grove in 2001. Before becoming a science teacher, Jeff worked as an Area Manager at the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc (IZW). During the 10 years he worked at IZW, Jeff’s work was highlighted by a trip to Africa to assist with the collection of White Rhino and elephants, and participation on an international, collaborative research team resulting in the first birth of an African elephant through artificial insemination.
His 1:1 iPad science classroom a dynamic, learning environment for his students. Jeff completed his Masters in Educational Technology at IUPUI, and uses technology to provide a new framework where he can rethink his instruction, assessments, and student learning. The use of technology allows Jeff to go beyond the science textbook and the classroom while empowering him with a powerful lever for change. Technology can support more rigorous, relevant instruction, and his students are given essential “soft skills” they will use away from the classroom.
A few of Jeff’s recent awards include NASA SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador 2015, Center Grove Middle School North Teacher of the Year 2013-2014;Indiana University-Jacobs Educator Award 2013-2014; Fulbright Teacher Exchange to India 2011; Outstanding Service Award 2011; Indiana Power and Light Golden Apple Award 2010; Indiana University – Armstrong Teacher Educator Award 2009-2010; Center Grove Education Foundation 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award; 2009 Indiana Computer Educator Teacher of the Year; Center Grove Education Foundation grant recipient 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2013.