Melissa Peterson
Head of Primary School Inspiration and Innovation

After working with the Inspire staff on the Instructional Superintendent’s team in 2018-2019, I am thrilled to officially join the Inspire community as Head of Primary School Inspiration and Innovation. I am honored to lead with Dr. Enriquez in support of our amazing students, staff and community as we Inspire, Innovate and Impact together.

With more than twenty years’ experience in education, I know how fortunate I am to be joining the Inspire community, where joy is at the center of our learning, passion fuels our engagement and we embrace each other as special parts of the Inspire story as it unfolds.

Like Dr. Enriquez, I am passionately driven in my pursuit of equity for children, school teams and communities and will do everything in my power to ensure academic success for all students. My teaching and leadership are informed by both my extensive experience and what I would want for my own children – opportunities to think critically, communicate effectively and explore in a joyful learning environment. I believe all children should be supported by effective educators who build positive relationships with each individual child and facilitate cooperation between students.

My two teenage daughters and my Goldendoodle puppy keep me busy and laughing outside of work. In my free time, I like to read,practice yoga, see live music, travel, and spend time outdoors hiking, swimming and paddle-boarding.

I look forward to getting to know all of you as we launch Inspire’s third year. I am sure this will be our best year yet.


Email: melissa_peterson@dpsk12.org