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    It is with great enthusiasm that I join the Meany Middle School community as your assistant principal. Along with the excitement, I am honored to be a part of the Meany community and I realize the great responsibility that I have to inspire, empower, and influence our youth, as well as inspire, influence, and have a positive impact with families, staff, and communities in support of our youth. It is my belief that students grow and achieve more when they are surrounded by involved and compassionate adults both within and outside the walls of a school. I am greatly looking forward to partnering with you to give our students what each and every one of them deserve—a top-quality, rigorous education that will prepare them well for success in college and life.

    I bring to Meany over twenty years of experience as an educator. The past nine years have been within educational leadership, most recently at Mercer Middle School as their House Administrator. Prior to Mercer I served as the Assistant Principal of Rainier Beach High School for 2 years, West Seattle High School for 2 years, and 3 years as the House Administrator at Aki Kurose Middle School. Prior to administration, I taught 8th grade Science, Math, and AVID at Denny International Middle School for six years, I spent three years teaching 5th grade, two at T.T. Minor Elementary and one year at Neah Bay Elementary on the Makah Indian Reservation in Neah Bay, Washington. I started my career in education working at the high school level where I served as an instructional assistant, registrar, and taught a class in college and career readiness, and a class in Makah Culture and Art. As a parent of a 2018 college graduate, twins entering their freshman year of college and a preschooler just beginning her journey in the educational system, I understand the significance the transition into middle school, into high school, and life beyond high school is for our students and families.

    No matter the role within education or grade I have taught, I always return to my core values, which includes the idea that education is a social right-- not a privilege. Education is the great equalizer, an instrument to change the world. It is with the aforementioned that I go forward to make a positive impact towards equity and excellence in our schools so our students will make their own positive and lasting impact in our world.


    Michelle Peterson
    Assistant Principal
    Meany Middle School