Jon Peterson - Superintendent, Pendleton School District

The 2015 Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award recipient is Jon Peterson, Superintendent of the Pendleton School District. Peterson began his tenure as superintendent in July 2009 and has worked in education since 1983. After successful stints teaching and coaching at Gresham and Hood River school districts, Peterson returned to his hometown of Pendleton to continue his career. He was a math teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and athletic director at Pendleton High School and also served as principal at Lincoln, West Hills and Washington elementary schools and at Sunridge Middle School. He led the successful district bond passage in 2013, which created a state-of-the-art early learning center and two new elementary schools.

Peterson received his bachelor’s of science in math from the University of Oregon, a master’s in education from Eastern Oregon University and his administrator license from Eastern Washington University.

He is recognized as a state-wide leader in early learning and student equity. Through his leadership, the Pendleton School District created a vision for a seamless P-20 system that provides direct support to the neediest and most vulnerable students in the community. “He understands and cares for people and is an incredible listener. I have been around few administrators as adept at making a tough decision, yet maintaining trust and appreciation from those directly impacted,” said Dr. Mark Mulvihill, Superintendent of the InterMountain ESD.