Director of STEM and Assessment
For 25 years, Peter has dedicated his professional life to education and serving the needs of students across the science and technology fields. A lifelong learner himself, Peter has shared his expertise with public education and not-for-profit organizations, developing high-quality curriculum for all grade levels. With his primary focus on secondary education, Peter advocates for the use of technology and innovation in the classroom and has experience in building strong multi-curricular teams to support this cause.
Peter has developed, led, and supported programs for respected educational programs and publishers, including CenterPoint Education Solutions, Parcc Inc., The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, and the Milwaukee Public Museum. Highlights of his career include:
- Creating and leading teams to advance the use of technology to engage students in the sciences, for example, by serving as vice-president of The JASON Project at the National Geographic Society, producing standards-based and inquiry-driven web, print, online games, field, and video resources
- Completing program redesigns and rebuilding programs to garner industry awards, including seven CODiEs
- Creating professional development resources on assessments for teachers across curricula
- Leading teams building science, math, and ELA curricula, and writing and developing assessments for grades K–12
- Directing a team of scientists and educators to complete student books and ancillary publications to meet NGSS curricula
- Digitalizing collection of museum educational materials and implementing technology-driven programming thereon
- Creating and developing in-depth curricula for student science programs in Weather, Ecology, Energy, Geology, and Forces and Motion and recruiting experts from organizations such as NOAA, NASA, and Department of Energy
- Managing websites on open-source platforms to encourage scientific inquiry in schools
- Continuing to author and present, around the world, on science and technology innovations, and educational partnerships and resources
Before entering into the world of curriculum development and programming, Peter taught science and initiated a long-range technology plan and K–12 scope and sequence for educational technology. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer and Action Research Adviser at Cardinal Stritch University.
Peter holds a BS in Biology, a Secondary Education certificate in Life Sciences, a Master of Library and Information Science, and a Post baccalaureate in Economics, all from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Peter is passionate about providing education for all in the sciences and technology, about engaging students with his excitement for learning, and continues to volunteer for various national and international educational programs.