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Vahlee Peters

I am drawn to The School’s diversity and willingness to engage in courageous conversations.

My early work experience was as a social worker engaged with homeless kids, young drug users and bureaucracy in Berlin. After that I delved into the poverty and racism of Chicago’s South Side. Looking for a sunnier outlook on life, I moved to San Francisco and studied Montessori Education, got my Early Childhood credentials and a Masters in Educational Administration from San Francisco State. I directed the Montessori Children’s House on Lake Street and then joined the San Francisco School’s North Class team in 1996. Professionally I continue my research on the importance of play and new discoveries from neuroscience to improve my teaching practices.

Outside of school, I love to hike, boogie-board, garden and travel with family and friends.