Lisa Petersen has been selected as the Ely Lions Club Teacher of the Month for March. Petersen, who teaches 6th grade at the White Pine Middle School, was nominated by her principal Sharyl Allen, who described her as a teacher who always treats her students with “a smile, voice and expression filled with genuine enjoyment.”
“Lisa Petersen is the teacher you would want every child to experience. She pushes, encourages, pulls, and praises students to do more than they ever thought possible,” Allen said. “This year she created a unique explore class – ‘All About Ely.’ The class is filled with students who love learning and exploring with Mrs. Petersen.”
Allen further added, “As a colleague and professional, there is never a day that goes by without her pushing herself to be a better teacher. She knew we needed to be better at differentiation, so she enrolled herself in an online class re: differentiation. She is intimately involved with our Chromebook Pilot and is working to integrate technology. She is a teacher leader, busy guiding our 6th grade team, and working on our school improvement team. Lisa possesses tact, honesty and a firm conviction that every child can and does learn… in Lisa Petersen’s classroom, learning is at a premium.”
Petersen was the youngest of four children born to Marlys and Allan Ekness in Westby, Mont., a town of less than 300 people. She believes that experience shaped her into the teacher that she is today.
“Growing up in a small town and attending a small school taught me the importance of working hard as well as the importance of helping others.,” Petersen said. “In order for our high school to be successful, we all had to be active members of the school. This lead me to be involved in basketball, track, band, the yearbook, as well as the school play. Growing up with all four of my Norwegian grandparents close by, I realized the deep roots of our family ancestry and the importance of our family bonds. I graduated high school with nine other classmates in 1991 and then graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in 1995, where I played college basketball for the Lady Cobbers.”