Board to consider Wa-Hi principal hire

The district's new superintendent has recommended the School Board approve Pete Peterson's hiring at its Tuesday meeting.

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WALLA WALLA -- A Tri-Cities school administrator will be the new principal of Walla Walla High School.

Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller, who started leading the district this month, has recommended the School Board hire Pete Peterson to lead the district's largest high school. The board will consider Peterson's hiring during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Peterson comes to Walla Walla from Kennewick, where he was assistant principal of Kennewick High School. He begins work in the district mid-August, in time for the start of the 2010-11 school year.

Peterson also served as assistant principal and dean of students of Pasco High School, according to a news release from Walla Walla schools. He has rural roots, having grown up on a wheat farm near Connell, Wash.

Peterson is taking over leadership from Darcy Weisner, who left Wa-Hi at the end of last school year to become superintendent of the Clarkston School District. Weisner served as Wa-Hi's principal for four years.

Peterson began his educational career as a classroom teacher. He taught language arts and reading at McLoughlin Middle School in Pasco, and was an ESL instructor and Russian translator at Stevens Middle School, also in Pasco. He also taught English at Pasco High School before becoming an administrator.

He completed an administrative credential from Washington State University, where he also earned a master's in education leadership. He completed his bachelor's in social science education in Eastern Washington University.

A committee represented by district staff, students, parents and administrators worked last week to help select Peterson from a pool of candidates.

"I am thrilled to have Pete on board and look forward to working with him," Miller said in a statement. "He brings a great deal of energy, enthusiasm and experience to our principal position. I also want to thank the principal selection team for their outstanding work in providing me input on this decision."

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