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Dear Peterson Families,

My name is Chandra Henry and I am the proud principal at Peterson Middle School. I am very passionate about education, Santa Clara Unified, and supporting students in their growth and development. As a graduate of Santa Clara High School, my roots are here in SCUSD and with this community. I have spent my tenure as an English Language Arts teacher and an administrator in this district, with seven years of experience as a Vice Principal at both Santa Clara and Wilcox High Schools before joining the amazing team here at Peterson Middle School in the fall of 2019.

As a mother of two daughters, who both attend school in Santa Clara Unified, I see first-hand the importance of the partnership between the school community and our parents to meet the needs of every student. A parent is a child's first teacher, and biggest role model. Your students will continue to learn from you throughout their adolescence. I firmly believe that working together in collaboration creates an environment for learning, growth and development that our students need during the formative middle school years.

I believe that a great school is the result of great teachers and staff who regularly collaborate with one another to individualize supports for students. At Peterson, we work hard to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction from every teacher. In the role of lead learner at Peterson Middle School, being present on campus is a priority to support the growth and development of teachers, and build relationships with our students and community. Our administrative team strives to bring professional development opportunities to our teachers and staff that support teaching and learning and keep Peterson moving forward with 21st century skills and technology.

Peterson's front office staff, wellness and counseling teams work collaboratively to ensure that every student has access to the social and emotional support that is critical during the middle school years.

I am grateful every day to have the opportunity to serve the families and community at Peterson as the site principal.

Go Pirates!

Chandra Henry

Principal Chandra Henry

About our Vice Principal Team:

Peterson has three full time administrators including two vice principals, Angela Kretsch & Krista Keneman. Alll three of us have Administrative experience at the high school, as well as middle school levels so we are very familiar with the skills that our students will need to be successful at the next level in their education. It is our belief that the middle school years are a time for learning and growth. Students will make mistakes during these three years. Our goal as an Administrative team at Peterson is to offer support and guidance through this important time in their lives. It is our position that we help them learn from their mistakes and missteps in order to grow and become successful, independent and thoughtful people when they leave SCUSD. Our intention is to partner with our parent community. We lean on you to help us support your students and reinforce the skills and lessons learned here at Peterson in the home environment as well.

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