Garrick Peterson is the administrator over K–12 schools in the Alpine School District in Utah. His primary responsibility is implementing the principles of professional learning communities in the district’s 57 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and 9 high schools. His focus with these schools is working with principals and leadership teams on both the cultural and structural shifts needed to be a successful professional learning community. He has worked with schools at all levels and all stages of PLC implementation.
Dr. Peterson first made his mark as an administrator as the principal of Lakeridge Junior High School. Under his leadership, Lakeridge faculty came together as a PLC to raise the school from one of the lowest-performing schools in the state to the highest-performing middle-level school. While he was principal, Lakeridge was named best of state for K–12 public and private schools in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. Lakeridge was also awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2012. Lakeridge was one of a few schools highlighted in Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Gayle Karhanek
As a consultant for schools and school districts, Dr. Peterson has experienced success not only in student achievement results but also in building staff morale and confidence.
Garrick received a doctoral degree in education leadership from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).