Brian Peterson

Rochester, MI - Science

I strongly believe that teaching is a job of passion. Teachers have this passion to pass on knowledge to change the lives of individuals. The Presidential Award is a reminder that my passion for teaching is not going unnoticed and that education is a vital part of our country. 

Brian Peterson has taught fifth grade at Musson Elementary School for 14 years. Previously, taught at Michindoh Outdoor Education School in Hillsdale, MI.

Brian’s love of teaching reaches beyond the elementary classroom. He is an Educational Instructor at the Detroit Zoological Society, leading the society's overnight programs. He is also an instructor at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where he teaches Science for Elementary Teachers.

As a hobbyist beekeeper and an avid gardener, Brian volunteers his knowledge at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and Cranberry Lake Park, teaching about the importance of honeybees to gardening and our society.

In 2011, Brian received the Michigan Elementary Science Teacher of the Year award.

Brian has a B.A. in education from North Park University and an M.Ed. and an Education Specialist Degree in educational leadership and administration from Oakland University. He is a certified elementary school teacher.