Who's Who Top Educators

Janet L. Peterson

Title: Principal
Company: Sagewood Elementary School
Location: Elkhorn, Nebraska, United States

Janet L. Peterson, Principal at Sagewood Elementary School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in school administration.

A driven leader with more than two decades of combined experience as a school teacher and administrator, Ms. Peterson has thrived as the principal of Elkhorn Public Schools’ Sagewood Elementary School since 2013. Appointed when the school originally opened, she is honored to have served as the building’s first principal. Under her distinctive leadership, the school earned recognition as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School by the U.S. Department of Education. The award recognizes the top 15% of highest achieving students in each state in English and mathematics.

Ms. Peterson’s high level of success has been deeply influenced by the management style of her father, who was her own assistant principal during her years as a high school student. Moreover, she gained valuable mentorship from her school principal, under whom she worked as a teacher for seven years before her promotion to her current role. While she enjoyed being a teacher, Ms. Peterson became a principal in order to positively affect the lives of more individuals.

Before embarking on her career, Ms. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Looking toward her future, Ms. Peterson hopes to either teach at the university level or acquire a position in Elkhorn Public Schools that would allow her to focus more on supporting student teachers.

A dedicated civic advocate, Ms. Peterson frequently donates to such organizations as the American Cancer Society for Pediatrics, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Nebraska Transplant Organization, the American Heart Association and Womenade of Elkhorn. Additionally, she is involved with the Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education program. Committed to sharing her industry expertise, she is also active as a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association of Elementary Principals.

Ms. Peterson finds immense satisfaction in helping young teachers grow and reach their full potential. She encourages them to serve as mentors to future educators and become school administrators. Her advice to educators is to be completely transparent with their students’ parents, by welcoming them into their classroom and school so that they can witness the importance of what teachers do for their children.

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