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Meet Professor Deborah Peterson, an innovative educational leader with extensive school administrative experience
Meet Professor Deborah Peterson, an innovative educational leader with extensive school administrative experience

Deborah Peterson, EdD, is an assistant professor in the Executive Leadership and Initial Administrators License Program. Her doctorate is from Lewis and Clark College where she focused her dissertation on Oregon high schools successful with Latino youth. Deborah’s extended family is of European and Mexican-American descent and she has successfully mentored many future teachers and administrators from underrepresented populations.

Her leadership background includes campus principal of Roosevelt High School in Portland Public Schools where she began a turnaround in which Roosevelt Schools academic achievement was raised from 14 percent to 40 percent. While at Roosevelt, a rigorous college prep curriculum was added, including 17 advanced placement courses, dual college enrollment and theatre and music at a time of declining resources.

Dr. Peterson also co-founded and served as an elementary principal in a preK-2 German immersion program and a K-5 Spanish immersion principal and received awards for innovative language programs and sustainability projects.

She has taught courses for PSU, and Lewis and Clark, and has served as guest lecturer at Stanford University, Oregon State University, and Shizuoka University in Japan.

She also has extensive experience as an education district human resources administrator, a commissioner of Oregon’s Quality Education Commission, and committee service with rewriting administrator licensure standards to include cultural proficiency for TSPC licensure.

Deborah Peterson, EdD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
Educational Leadership and Policy
PO Box 751
615 SW Harrison
Room 506U
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-4688
Fax: 503-725-3200
Email: dpeterso@pdx.edu