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.