Who I Am.

My name is Kristina Peters. I currently live in Omaha, NE with my husband of nine years and our furry sons Murphy and Finnegan.

I initially started my life seeking a career in mass communications, or more specifically public relations and marketing. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Mass Communications from Arizona State University in 2004.

When I relocated to Nebraska in 2005, I couldn’t deny the desire to make a positive impact in the world. I assessed many career moves and finally decided that teaching was where I belonged. I embarked on another round of studying at Peru State College in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Once I completed my program in May 2007, I was hired by Omaha Public Schools.

I started my teaching career at Spring Lake Magnet as a Kindergarten teacher. I moved into the Dual Language program as the Spanish teacher in 2nd grade. While I enjoyed the experience of teaching all content in my second language, I returned to a regular 2nd grade classroom for two years where I was able to challenge students and make them think globally.

For the past two school years, I worked as an English Language Learner (ELL) teacher in Ralston Public Schools here in Omaha. I had the opportunity to work with newcomers from Togo, West Africa, El Salvador, and Mexico, as well as other students from Honduras, and Guatemala. I enjoyed creating unique opportunities for my ELL students whether it was following a recipe to make treats, experiencing snow for the first time, blogging our writing, or creating videos that showed how we have fun while we learn.

Over the past year I continued my education and received my second master’s degree from Pepperdine University in their Master of Art in Learning Technologies program. It was a stressful and rewarding year of hard fun.

I have taken all of my classroom knowledge, presentation experience, and graduate studies with me in a new phase in my career as the eLearning Specialist and School Library Liaison at the Nebraska Department of Education. This is a new position that I get to shape and create, so no two days are the same. I am enjoying my work across the state that I have grown to love and call home. I look forward to helping Nebraska continue to move forward in education.

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4 thoughts on “Who I Am.

  1. sounds like you got started teaching the same year as me! I also have some experience in an immersion setting from my days as a preservice teacher but now teach high school Spanish.

  2. Kristina,
    I too learned many new things at ISTE 2011! It was a great conference!!! Your reflection on failing though I have known for many years–but lost focus on with all of the “test” mania. I have been teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for 21 years and still love it! I have had a small poster that I put up in my classroom for over fourteen years that reads “If you have never failed, then you have never learned” This conference has just helped to reinforce that truth! It is not the grade but the progress!

  3. Hi Kristina,
    I am now just writing up all of my notes from ISTE. Your blog helped me remember so much about the conference and the seminars. Although I believe that I take good notes, yours are absolutely superb!
    I like your attitude about change; I have always enjoyed change and have taught many different types of classes over the last 30 years. It keeps me young, learning, and excited! Thanks so much for sharing.

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