First Name

John

Last Name

Petersen

Bio

John teaches in the subjects of technology, engineering, business and computer science. He is has a administrator certification but has chosen to stay in the classroom as a teacher. His first teaching job (1985) was at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Ogden, UT. He has also taught at North Ogden Jr. High, South Cache Freshman Center, South Cache 8-9 Center and now at Ridgeline High School. He loves teaching because of the effect it has for developing human skills and knowledge. His desire to learn new things himself creates excitement for passing on that knowledge and desire to learn to others. He understands that all people have hidden value and strives to bring those values out in them. He is a non-traditional career advocate and believes deeply in the value of a mixed gender workforce. John has been involved with computers for many years but the 2016-17 school year is his first for teaching computer science with Exploring Computer Science (ECS) and Computer Programming. His first computer class was in 1979 as a senior in high school learning BASIC on a Commodore with a cassette tape storage drive! He has taught with computers in the classroom from the Apple IIe, Macs, PCs, PLCs and micro-controllers. He has been a big IT support figure in all of his schools. He managed the Novell network at South Cache in its beginnings and helped build local area networks (LANs) throughout the district as networking and Internet started in the schools. He also taught community night-classes on how to use the Internet. Networking quickly evolved requiring larger district support staff which soon evolved into a wide area network (WAN). John continued supporting the network structure in his school until that became too big of a job in addition to teaching. Most of his supporting role was passed on to a school lab specialist and the district as he focused on his classroom responsibilities. John has been involved throughout his teaching career with many extra curricular opportunities such as state CTE committees, ITEEA conference committee member, instructor for local and state teacher conferences and training, adviser for Technology Student Association chapters, coach for VEX robotics teams, religious leader, He has received recognition as a teacher including Cache County School District Teacher of the Year, Hats Off Award, Utah Industrial Education Teacher of the Year and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's Teacher Excellence Award. He has had several unique teacher training opportunities: technical design seminar in England with the Technical Foundation of America, teacher collaboration with NASA-JPL, and Northrop Grumman Weightless Flights of Discovery (Zero-G). He counts these experiences as great support for the classroom. Besides teaching, he has worked in appliance repair, cabinet making, construction and as a trainer for Kimberly-Clark. John grew up in Tremonton, Utah and lived in Belgium for eighteen months while serving and LDS mission. He and his wife Jan have four children and six grandchildren .