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About Me

I have been a life-long educator and school leader, beginning my career as a high school teacher.  I then became a school principal, serving at the elementary, middle and high school levels for over 30 years.  Most recently I served as a Faculty Member at the University of St. Thomas where I directed the administrative licensure program between 2006 - 16.  I have also served as a conference presenter and as a consultant/trainer focusing on appraising teacher performance, cultivating the skills of supervisors in conducting an evaluation process marked by fairness, accuracy and a commitment to promoting student achievement.


  • 45 years in education
  • Consulted and trained professionals in over 50 MN districts
  • 10 years at the University of St. Thomas training over 750 students who received administrative licenses


1969   Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD, BA

1976Minnesota State, Mankato, Mankato MN, MA/Ed.S.

1988Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Ph.D.

“Dr. David Peterson has provided highly impactful, best practice, and thought provoking training for both administrators and peer coaches in ISD518. Consider Dr. David Peterson… will be glad to you did!”

— Katie Clark Director of Curriculum and Instruction Worthington Area Schools